'Coleridge Unbound' includes five commissions for new site-specific dance and features dance films by renowned UK choreographers Michael Joseph, Keisha Grant, Deborah Baddoo, Bawren Tavaziva and Kay Crook. Films recorded during R&D including a reading of 'We Know These Words' by Louisa Adjoa Parker can be viewed here.
'Coleridge Unbound' is an ambitious project for dance film and site-specific public outdoor performance, focusing on the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s stance against slavery and his role as an abolitionist in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Performances will take place at Alfoxton Hall, Bridgwater (the former home of Coleridge's friend and fellow poet, William Wordsworth) on September 3rd 2022 and again at the Unitarian Church, Taunton (where Coleridge preached against slavery) on September 4th.
The project includes new choreography by leading British dance artists Michael Joseph, Keisha Grant, Deborah Baddoo, Bawren Tavaziva and Kay Crook, and develops partnerships with Somerset Film, the Museum of Somerset, the Coleridge Society and local community groups. We are also delighted to present a specially commissioned new work by poet Louisa Adjoa Parker who, alongside the choreographers, responds to the writings and speeches of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
The soundtrack to the 'Coleridge Unbound' is 'Requiem Suite'. The composers and performers on these recordings include original Jazz Warriors guitarist Alan Weekes, Jamaican flautist and saxophonist Michael “Bammi” Rose, twice Grammy nominated composer and producer Steve Marshall, double bass player Michele Montolli and drummer Kenrick Rowe.
The project, which will take place in Devon and Somerset, aims to make the invisible visible, uncovering diversity in the local history of a mono-cultural English rural community and exploring little known local historical perspectives. 'Coleridge Unbound' will open community dialogue about racism, explode myths and help to develop awareness and empathy between cultures.
Linking with Coleridge's home at Nether Stowey, we are examining the stories, the themes, the architecture and the symbolism of place, with the aim of transforming audience expectations and presenting an alternative view of a familiar place. The project will also examine significant but little known local history as a catalyst for understanding the past and acknowledging change.