Story in Our Time is a two year adventure into story. Delving into the roots of story it's self, and investigating how stories shapes our relationship with the world around us.
Since time began, stories have brought us together, and they have driven us apart. Stories allow us to dream of the future collectively, but they also take us out of the present. Stories encourage us to connect deeply with each other and with the planet we call home. They also allow us to separate ourselves from the Earth and abuse it to the point of our own destruction.
During this project we have put Story at the centre. Gathering around to listen with all our senses. Asking: What is Story? Why does story mean so much to us as human beings? What power does it have? Who controls the narrative? How can the stories we are told impact the way we see the world? Could story play a key role in reawakening our relationship with nature and helping us to leave the destructive path we are on?
We have been playing, exploring, collaborating, and creating. Looking far into the past that our ancient ancestors inhabited and examining the stories we are now handing down to future generations.
It has been quite a journey so far! The global pandemic was announced two months into the project and so, like everyone, we were forced to make some quick changes and respond to the world as it presented it self.
We tuned into our own connection with the earth, ignited an online Bealtaine festival, created an imersive live arts expereince celebrating touch and connection at a time of separation. We started The Hive, a creative collaborative think tank, and explored the question "what story is the Earth telling you?"
We are currently building our travelling arts space, The Nomad, working on an interactive audio experience and our new pod cast, Mythic space will be released later this year.
We invited five artists, Kate Powell, Maura Brennan, Shane O'Reilly, Nico Brown and Mollie-Anna King, to join us in The Hive, our collaborative, creative, think tank. Together we asked the question "What story is the Earth telling you?" Each person responded in their own art form bringing back ideas and concepts to a work in progress performance in December.find out more
Tuning into the ancient festivals of the Celtic cycle and the needs we perceived in the world around us, we created The Front Door Festival. At a time when we were not able to gather in person, we put out an invitation for people to come together in time and intention. We encouraged people to open their doors at 10 am on the 1st of May to mark Bealtaine. Laying flowers on their thresholds to welcome in summer and send out wishes of love and friendship into the world at a time when we were unable to invite people into our homes.find out more
Myth Maker is an immersive live arts experience for adults and children. Made in direct response to the global pandemic 2020. The piece explores themes of connection, touch, ancestral wisdom and deep ecology.find out more
Jim has been spending some time over the last few months making a Tree Ogham. A Celtic system used by the ancient druids to encode their wisdom. Each tree has its Celtic name and a letter which makes up the alphabet. It has been a powerful reminder of just how important trees are. They are so much more than a resource, than oxygen makers, they are beings who need to be protected.find out more