Coleridge Unbound

'Coleridge Unbound'

A magical dance theatre performance in the grounds of Alfoxton House, Holford, Bridgwater TA5 1RY

Date: Saturday 3rd September  

Time: 8pm - 9.30pm

Cost: This event is free + donation.

With the generous support of Arts Council England, renowned producer and dance artist Deborah Baddoo and Devon based performance company State of Trust have delved deep into the history of Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s life in the West Country, in particular his stance as an abolitionist. Being a lay preacher, Coleridge often spoke out against the transatlantic slave trade from the pulpit of the Unitarian Chapel in Taunton - a fact which forever links the English countryside, Africa, and the Caribbean.

‘Coleridge Unbound’ celebrates Coleridge and the landscape of the Quantock Hills and raises the ghosts of the past through original dance, film, and music performance. Bring a picnic and enjoy an enchanted evening under the stars in the spectacular grounds of Alfoxton Park. The performers are Deborah Baddoo, Bawren Tavaziva, Michael Joseph, and Kay Crook with music by Steve Marshall. The performance will be preceded by a sharing of new work by local young people attending State of Trust’s creative writing and movement workshops which focus on Coleridge and the Abolition.

All proceeds towards the restoration of Alfoxton House.

Parking:  Available on site or in the lanes leading up to the house.

NB To get an idea of numbers, please register your interest by email to: admin@stateoftrust.net.

'Coleridge Unbound'

An adaptation of the piece performed in the Unitarian Chapel, Mary Street, Taunton TA1 3PE

Date: Sunday 4th September

Time: 2.30 – 3.45pm.

Cost: This event is Free + donation

To mark the belated 300th anniversary of the Unitarian Chapel in Taunton the chapel are hosting a specially commissioned site-specific dance theatre production entitled ‘Coleridge Unbound’ by arts company State of Trust.

Inspired by the Museum of Somerset’s exhibition ‘In Xanadu: Coleridge and the West Country‘, State of Trust have delved into the history of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s life in Somerset, and in particular, his stance as an abolitionist. In the late eighteenth century, Coleridge wrote articles in The Watchman and as a lay preacher, spoke out against the transatlantic slave trade from the pulpit of the Unitarian Chapel in Taunton.

On the day, there will be an opportunity to hear about the history of the chapel and then see a magical dance theatre and music performance in situ based on the themes of Coleridge’s sermons and writings.

The performers will be renowned African-Contemporary dance artists Deborah Baddoo, Bawren Tavaziva and Michael Joseph plus Pavilion Dance South-West artist-in-residence Kay Crook. Music is by twice Grammy nominated producer and composer Steve Marshall.

‘Coleridge Unbound’ raises the ghosts of the past and brings them into the present in a magical reflection on Coleridge and his time in the West County.

All proceeds towards the preservation of the Unitarian Chapel Taunton.

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