A narrative/multi-media performance for adults by Sally Pomme Clayton, Swedenborg Society Artist in Residence 2011-12 | 7.00 pm | Swedenborg Hall | Free admission but booking advised
"I'd heard my Grandfather's stories of spirits many times, but the events were so strange, I was never sure if I'd really heard them, exaggerated them, or invented them myself."
Travel through the night to other worlds, encounter spirits, visit heaven and hell, voyage beyond death, as Sally Pomme Clayton entwines stories of her ancestors' experiences of spiritualism, with Swedenborg's dazzling visions.
NIGHT VISIT traces the cultural history of spiritualism, from the 1800's when science and photography tried to capture the invisible, through to the mass bereavement of two world wars. This search for evidence is contrasted with Swedenborg's night visits, where he bravely surrendered himself to the exploration of the supernatural, travelling through the cosmos, in search of truth. Biography and myth, merge with history and dream, invoking multiple perspectives, triggering memories, summoning ghosts.
Night Visit is innovative and immersive. The sound world is composed in surround, and performed by Panos Ghikas improvising live on acoustic and electronic instruments. Images are created and manipulated live by Fotios Begklis. Sound and speech fracture and fuse, narrative and noise cut-up and coalesce, images suggest fleeting presences and conjure metaphysical spaces, intensifying the audience's imagination.
Sally Pomme Clayton - story | Panos Ghikas- sound | Fotis Begklis - multimedia
A multi-media narrative performance for adults, supported by the Arts Council England.