Summer Performance Series-straybird July 2015

straybird- light and lightness and Some Attempts to Order Force- 9th-11th July 2015 


light and lightness / A Twilight Talk  – 9th July, 2015, Solo performance by Fiona Wright 

Some Attempts to Order Force-and other works – 9 -11th July, 2015, Three works by Lucy Cash

FREE EVENTS-programmed alongside the Dance and Somatic Practices Conference 2015



light and lightness / A Twilight Talk, 2015

A solo performance as part of ongoing solo work in process:  How the Sun Lights the Earth

In this part of the world, at the end of each day, the solar system gives us the setting of the sun. Somewhere out to the west, not necessarily visible but perhaps in some way always present in our imagination, the nearest giant star sinks below the horizon. This is a moment in the day when many things still shift – we go home, we switch on electric lights, and sometimes we sit down in theatres.

light and lightness is a sharing of a particular moment in the day, a simple encounter with a performer in which she unravels what she knows about how the sun lights the earth. The performance is neither extemporized nor impromptu but it does rely on a spontaneous collaging of thoughts and research and memory.

The making of this work is also about not-making and a desire to talk about age-ing, disappear-ing, and what seems to last; about not-becoming and non-attainment.


Some Attempts to Order Force and other works, (A Miscellany in Progress) 2013

A text, sound and image work, which considers seen and unseen forces.


Some Attempts To Order Force, glass photographic slides and writing, 2013

Inviting the viewer to pick up and examine a selection of found glass photographic slides, Some Attempts To Order Force begins to unpick a thread of ideas around force and attention as forms of energy.



Sight Reading, HD video, 2007

How do we know what we see? What moves us between seeing and understanding?

The chance finding of a second-hand book led Lucy Cash to explore how particular forms of somatic skills might destabilize our relationship to the world around us. Jules Romains’ Eyeless Sight – an intriguing account of early 20th Century experiments into Paroptic vision, (a scientific curiosity exploring evidence that sight could move to different parts of the body) – offered Cash the possibility of exploring different registers of movement within a moving image work.

As a film Sight Reading offers the viewer a cycle of performative gestures which deliberately evoke a strange, dream-like sensation of synesthesia through collaging re-enactments of ‘eyeless sight’ experiments with a choreographed exploration of an eclipse. The soundtrack includes a partial rendition of Eric Satie’s Vexations by Finnish pianist Timor Fredriksson. Made with an Artsadmin bursary, 2007.


Lines of Repair, limited edition posters, 2015

Responding directly to the site of the Rising Café, Lines of Repair adjusts the scale and context of five quotes from four movement practitioners and offers them as something to contemplate, or start a dialogue with, over a cup of tea. The quotes have been selected for the ways in which they generate and regenerate the body and imagination.

The images by Lucy Cash display a set of commonly found objects from dance studios.



straybird (

straybird is a platform set up artists Lucy Cash and Becky Edmunds for collaborative moving image works and innovative curations.  straybird projects consider the expansion of choreographic thinking beyond dance in order to offer distinctive, haptic ways of exploring the world around us. Enjoying the different perspective that work made through dialogue brings; in September 2014 straybird extended their scope and began working on a number of collaborative commissions with different invited artists. These include Some Patterns of Current for Hampton Library (with Sheila Ghelani) and Of Bird and Air (with Zoe Manders, Scott Smith, and Duncan Whitley). straybird are Artsadmin associate artists 2013 – 2015.

Fiona Wright (

Fiona Wright is an independent artist who has been making mainly solo performances since the late 1980s, working through choreography, writing and installation. Solo work includes a series of close-up and ‘one-to-one’ performances, several performance lectures, a practice-based PhD project (2005).  Collaborations include a duet with Caroline Bowditch as girl jonah, and projects with video artist Becky Edmunds. Involved with Feldenkrais Method for over 25 years, she is now on the London Professional Training (2015). She has extensive experience working with artists and teaching in Higher Education and has also worked as dramaturge and performer for example with Simone Aughterlony (Zurich/Berlin) and Quarantine (UK).

Lucy Cash (

As an artist working with moving image, sound and performance, Lucy works in an eclectic and expanded manner with techniques and technologies borrowed, (or temporarily inhabited) from different disciplines. She is drawn to beginning with the extraordinary appearance of ordinary things – things that are already in the world, and that invite small interventions between the poetic and scientific, philosophical and humorous, intimate and political. Her background in performance making and choreography informs her approach to the work she now makes in different media, and she continues to explore innovative forms of collaboration – working with people from a range of communities and fields of expertise.


Dates & Location


light and lightness / A Twilight Talk, 2015

A performance by Fiona Wright as part of an ongoing solo work in process:  How the Sun Lights the Earth

Venue- Ellen Terry Room 101 | Times- Thursday 9th and Friday 10th 19.45



Sight Reading, HD video, 2007

Venue– Gosford Books | Opening times– Thursday 9th 16.30 till late. Friday 10th and Saturday 11th 12.00 till late. Sunday 12th 12.00-14.00


Some Attempts To Order Force, glass photographic slides and writing, 2013

Venue– Drapers Bar | Opening times– Thursday 9th 16.30-18.30. Friday 10th 13.15-15.00 & 17.45-19.30. Saturday 11th 11.45-13.15 & 17.45-130. Sunday 12th 12.15-14.00


Lines of Repair, limited edition posters, 2015

Venue– Rising Café From the Rubble | Opening times- Friday 10th & Saturday 11th 10.00-16.00



This is a free event but booking for the performance is necessary-please email to book.

Look out for our Moved Summer/Autumn 2015 workshops to take advantage of our multiple workshop booking discount!