A performance piece and an education project about glacial warming in Greenland. Launching at festivals, schools and conferences in 2017.
Baroque orchestra LBC (www.littlebaroqueco.com) are commissioning composer-traveller William Carslake (www.soundcloud.com/billcarslake, https://www.linkedin.com/in/william-carslake-bb759475), poet Helen Mort (www.helenmort.com) and film director Richard Jones to create a piece for orchestra, silent film and spoken poetry, inspired by their fieldwork in Greenland. Performances will be preceded by a short talk and audio film. LBC will also deliver an education programme in schools local to each performance.
Helen Kruger of LBC and William Carslake: see the video!
Helen Mort, poet: 'Having previously worked with Cape Farewell to promote artistic responses to climate change, I'm hugely excited by the prospect of responding to the shrinking East Greenland glaciers through poetry, in partnership with a composer and musicians. It is hard to find words for the fate and future of our planet, and that's exactly why we should try.'
In August 2016 Helen (Mort) and William will go on an expedition to climb the remote glaciers and mountains near Sermiligaaq Fjord in southeastern Greenland to gather inspiration and footage. They will be joined later by Richard who will film glaciers and interview local Inuit. The first pilot performance will be at Sands Films London in Winter/Spring 2016/17 (thank you Olivier and all at Sands for generously supporting us in kind!). We are in discussion with a major UK university about the second pilot performance. We will then premiere in summer 2017 and are negotiating with UK and Irish music festivals.
William, Helen and Richard are self-funding the expedition which comes in at over £5000 each for Helen and William and £1200 for Richard. Your support will cover the cost of the flights and the mountaineering insurance, i.e. get them there and back safely! Your support will also fund the creative collaboration with LBC which starts in earnest when they return, and the design and web marketing. So your help will: elevate us (literally!), energise us as we collaborate, and make the project look beautiful so that it reaches the widest audience.
We have a fantastic team and we'd LOVE you to be a part of it. Kickstarter really is about being involved, even actively! See our ‘Rewards' column for creative events where you can give your feedback, plus other rewards like music lessons, signed books/scores, climbing trips and more! We'll stay in touch and hope to see you at a workshop, pilot performance or the premiere! Meantime, knowing that you're behind us will put a spring in our step :)
Helen, Helen, Richard and William
Breakdown. Your support will cover:
Flights to and from Greenland
British Mountaineering Council insurance
Collaborative sessions with LBC orchestra, including venue hire
Design and web marketing
Meanwhile.. the pilot performance and development session at the UK university will be funded by the university: £3,500
The premier at the UK festival in 2017 will be funded by the festival: £2,600
We are pushing ahead with charitable trust applications and corporate backing to cover the commission fees and contingency: £3,350
Budget total: £15,400
(Project photo of breaking glacier: copyright Slobodan Dimitrov / 123RF Stock Photo)
Risks and challenges
We need to raise £3,350 from charitable trusts and corporate sponsors for the rest of the commission fees and for the contingency sum. We're confident that once the music festivals are lined up this will be an attractive project for them to attach their name to. We already have contacts lined up, including in Denmark (Greenland is a Danish protectorate). From our initial conversation with a major music festival in the UK we are confident that other music festivals will be interested. There are always many unknowns in negotiating with UK festivals and schools to arrange performances and education programmes, but LBC and the team are very experienced in both regards (see biographies).
The weather in Greenland can be a challenge, notably the katabatic winds. Come what may, we will get plenty of footage, and go as high as we can to get the great aerial shots of the glacial systems, as well as descending inside them. We are joined by Matt Spenceley, a very experienced and qualified mountain guide who has climbed in Greenland many times.
We are all experienced in pulling together the inspiration, the contacts and the funding. We aim to create a well-structured work which is immersive and inspiring for the audience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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