This April the Uneasy Listening duo were thrilled to have a residency at the inspiring Kimonos Art Center in Pafos. By suggestion of the Culture Capital Pafos 2017 we were to explore the old Turkish area of Mouttalos, which currently is undergoing serious renovation. The task of making a sound piece about a place with such a complex embedded history proved to be a challenge – it’s easy to fall into dramatic traps about war and refugees – and in doing so fall for artistic clichés. We ended up relating to the quiet of this area that seemed to evolve into a melancholic silence after spending time there. The four artists running Kimonos artistic heaven were amazing hosts, and organised a very honest and moving presentation of our work on April 11th. The response was very fruitful, and the piece is something we are keen to develop.
Researching Greenland has been a dream of mine for a long, long time. Thanks to the brilliant Culture Point North I received a grant to start this venture with producer Annette Max Hansen from Eklektisk Teater. Lots of reflections on nature vs culture, colonial ignorance and urban migration are of course on the agenda… But there is more to be found under the surface.
In August I invited director/ writer and founder of UK company Critical Mass, Sarah Chew, to spend a residency week in Copenhagen. Together we were to contemplate ways in which to combine two of our shared passions in new and thought provoking ways. Concepts combining food and theatre spurred both politically charged and highly entertaining ideas. We discussed forms of solo experiences and group dining shows and sampled spaces in which they could be performed. A joyful part of the residency was doing a reading of a new text Sarah is working on about personal encounters at home and in Iran.