21st Century Silent Movies In Residency, At The Catstrand

Free work in progress sharing on Thursday 6th April 5.30-6.30pm, CatStrand New Galloway


From 3rd – 7th April 2023, dance artists Julia McGhee and Penny Chivas, sound artist Nicolette Macleod and filmmaker Alan Paterson, will work together on a new research project layering experimental sound with live performance and projected video. They’ve called this project idea 21st century silent movies as it’s a modern[1]day, digital version of the analogue films that were screened in cinemas in the early 20th century with a live orchestral or piano soundtrack.


They began testing this idea whilst in residency at Lyth Arts Centre for The Morrich Project, where filmed outdoor performance work was projected onto a large screen, and Nicolette improvised a live experimental soundscape made from amplified objects, voice and sound recordings from the natural environment. Within this short test we discovered that layering the video with Nicolette’s live sound brings strong narrative connections not evident from the video alone.


There is a free sharing of our work-in-progress at the CatStrand on: Thursday 6th April 5.30-6.30pm This will be an opportunity to experience what we’re working on and have a chat with us.


The event is free and can be booked at www.gcat.scot/arts 01644 420374, or at CatStrand, High Street, New Galloway. Everyone is very welcome!


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