Still House presents: Ours Was the Fen Country. Created by Dan Canham and the company. Produced by MAYK.
For the past two years Dan Canham has been capturing conversations with people of the fens in East Anglia. Eel-catchers, horse breeders and young farmers have all been interviewed. In this ethereal piece of documentary dance-theatre Dan and his team fuse movement and sound with the words and memories of their native collaborators to get to the heart of the fens – a beautiful, bleak and mysterious expanse of flat land.
Ours Was the Fen Country is a celebration of and eulogy to universal stories of rural communities that are fading from view; an exhilarating, poetic look at the inevitability of change from the voices of those who still know the old words.
“One of the most original talents around” Independent
“Canham and his cast provide a living eulogy: harsh, bleak and richly beautiful.” The Guardian
“It fills you up with a sense of lightness and freedom, whether you are from the fens or not.” Cambridge News
**** The Scotsman
Ours Was the Fen Country is a Bristol Old Vic Ferment, New Wolsey and DanceXchange commission. Produced by MAYK. Research and Development supported by Ferment, Arts Council England, Pulse Festival, BETA at Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Dartington Arts and Norfolk Dance. Rural touring supported by Dance4. Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
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