13 Gor 2018

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Mostly I’m thinking about what it can mean to be with someone. To giving attention to each particular process with a person and seeing where it goes. Taking proper time to listen. Bringing a focus to the body perhaps. Being responsive to possibilities, trusting in the idea of possibility that connections can and will come. Something could go further than might appear possible at first. But it’s here in these spaces, in these places of discovery with someone that I like to be. It’s scary too and it’s hard to explain what might happen. Time and again I struggle to describe it. But I keep asking myself the questions around how and why, and who I am through all of this, and it keeps me here.

 

 

 

 

letter to the cottage (sent 8.3.17)

 

Thank you fire, chair, bed, blanket, hot water bottle, window

 

Chord from the light, reminder of a distant home

 

Preparing to leave

 

Casting a net over moments caught

 

Supermarket café, choreography of shoppers through the panoramic aperture between two spaces

 

Stirling in the moonlight – Timeless

 

Teddy folded, squashed inside the coils of cable, pushed hard under the chest

 

Daring to touch each other

 

Water pouring out of the land – hands carrying

 

Late night man thinking about his funeral

 

‘Lambing is as close to birth as you can get’

 

Cold feet on stone, reposition sitting reposition sitting

The Witness Tree – horses, outlaws, night into day

 

Horseshoe curves in the road.  Valleys rolling. Medieval Castle, stonewalls stacked layered, angles over angles. Tower circle, winding staircase. Up down just me. No visitors inside these damp walls. Just me

 

Motorbike in pieces, over sloping grass

 

Hair splayed out in sundials

 

Guitar rock loud from the graffiti hole – Mouth and body mimicking sound

 

Black notes, colony of ants, pouring into the grand piano

 

Leaving a life behind – starting a new

 

Talking to people

 

Tremor of emotion – his every word

 

Love love for the animals

 

Reading to a child, missing mine

 

The gift of gingerbread

 

Time is what we have

 

And invitations to a possible other place

 

If only I could reach you

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Thank you to all who created a most wonderful summer Twmpath in Abercych on 30th June… Mervyn Bradley, Joanna Young, Ray Jacobs, Julie Murphy, Ceri Jones, Ceri Rhys Matthews, Elsa Davies, Rhowan Alleyne and Delme, Jo Shapland, Simon Whitehead, Helen, Nicola, Matt Penfold, and all the dancers!

13 Gor 2018

We are delighted to be hosting Authentic Movement teacher Susan Schell in Abercych this September.

She is an inspiring and emotionally courageous movement practitioner, also now also working as a interfaith hospice chaplain.

Bigger than the Body 

17th to 22nd September 2018

Abercych, Pembrokeshire, Wales

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As movers, we will begin with the bare bones that support the form of Authentic Movement; connection to self, sensation, imagination, memory and perception. We will also be deepening our experience of what it is to hold the space, both within us as well as outside our physical bodies as we witness one another. At first glance, we are often most aware of what occupies the space, the people, walls, floor and so on, and less aware of the space that is surrounding and infusing everything.

In our seemingly concrete world, it is unusual to register the fact that what appears as ‘object’ is predominately ‘space’. To recognize that space does not belong to anyone yet fills ALL, can provide us with an experience of space as connective tissue – the unifying element between the visible and invisible, form and essence – that which is holding us. Through time an intimacy grows, a balance between ‘knowing’ and ‘not knowing’, ‘seeing’ and ‘sensing’ that can bring us to the threshold of grace.

 

£350 (non-residential – low cost accommodation available locally)

For more info & to book contact Stirling: 01239 841488/rstirlingsteward@gmail.com

Places limited to 14

 

Susan Schell has been teaching and performing from a foundation deeply planted in the practice of improvisational forms for over 40 years. In the early 80’s she studied in-depth the practice of Authentic Movement with Janet Adler. Since then, she has been exploring, developing and teaching on-going classes, intensives and retreats in the US and abroad. In 2012 she completed a two year interfaith chaplaincy program and now, in addition to dancing, she also serves as a hospice chaplain.

 

11 Ion 2017

Between

There’s a gap in posting about residency & festival news here on the 2 Penrhiw website!

Documentation of the residencies of Anushiye Yarnell (September 2015), Cai Tomos  (March 2015) and Neil Callaghan (June 2014) can be found on the Maynard site:

http://www.may-nard.org/2-penrhiw-residencies/anushiye-yarnell-residency-september-2015

 

 

11 Ion 2017

In February 2107 we’ll be welcoming Jane Mason to 2 Penrhiw for a 10 day residency. Whilst deepen into articulating her own practice, she’ll also share time with members of the village as part of a connecting and making process.

Here are some of her early musings about the chance to be back in Abercych:

Thoughts on Abercych – 15 September, after talking to Stirling

 There was a distinct sense of community when I came to Abercych in 2015 to give some kind of performance/sharing of my work. I noticed in what must have been built up over many years, a vibrant atmosphere with great attention given to those present to absorb what was on offer in their own personal ways. A place where people seemed committed and open to talking to eachother, to understanding, thoughtful around what it might mean to talk about place, community, home, whilst listening, making space for questions and carefully finding ways to put the body into those conversations too. 

 

In my work with different communities I’ve become increasingly aware and perhaps more able to articulate what is important about this for me. It’s not an easy straightforward process to meet a person, someone I don’t have a relationship with already and gently find out about them, take them on some kind of a journey and invite them in different ways to trust in a process and to surrender to it. I often find that small interventions; shifting a physical instruction from a seated conversation to be on their feet, asking someone to reflect on a question from a different place in the room, asking someone to stop speaking but perhaps continue to tell me something about their relationship to the space physically – there are all kinds of ways to try and enter into a practical process with someone, which I hope aren’t glaring, formal and intimidating. I’m learning more how to describe what is important to me; explorations around form and structure, strategies up my sleeve to push something further, shape interactions in ways that are unique to me, to the encounter I’m in and not about simply reproducing known pathways.

 

It’s a very important part of my wider practice to be in dialogue with these kinds of situations/parameters. To ask questions about what it means to be in relationship to others and community through doing, in ways that are not linear, or previously defined, but making a space for something to happen, be shared, considered and perhaps experienced in unexpected ways by others witnessing. Risk is a part of that, in order for risk to exist there has to be safety, responsibility and care. I suppose this is what I’m always in some way working towards. Becoming surer of the value of these processes at the same time holding on to the need to keep letting go myself. I think it works because I am vulnerable too, I am not the expert and never pretend to be, I have to listen very hard and want to! so a set of modes are being activated, negotiated, and adapted from person to person, with the aim of awakening visibility on life, on ourselves, triggering imaginative and felt spaces to open up between people. 

 

8 Rhag 2014

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TWMPATH DAWNS
ABERCYCH VILLAGE DANCE
Neuadd Abercych Village Hall
Dydd Sadwrn/ Saturday
Rhagfyr/December 27
7.30- 11.30 pm.
We’ve lost count of how many of these vibrant events have taken place!
This is (possibly) the fifteenth in an ongoing series of folk dance evenings with a difference in the village of Abercych, North Pembrokeshire.
Come dance and celebrate mid-Winter with your friends and neighbours,
enjoy a host of amazing musicians and dancers…
Dances include Robin ddiog, plinn, Waves of Tory, Bouree 3 temps, An dro, waltzes, Galliards, strip the willow, Gay Gordan…
Featuring:
Julie Murphy, Ceri Rhys Matthews (Fernhill), Martin Leamon, Sille Ilves (Sild)
CROESO CYNNES / A WARM WELCOME
£6/£4 on the door
Refreshments & Bar
produced by Happy Winter Evening Entertainments
SUPPORTED BY NIGHTOUT
‘in a fair world fernhill would be as big as any “world music” act, and their cds must haves for even casual music fans. the world, alas,is not fair. one of the great bands on the planet’   howard wolfson – gotham acme – new york times
Sild- ‘their magical soundscapes are otherworldly and beautiful, their new album TRO is a great night time listen’ Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

25 Tach 2014

 

In October 2013 Siriol Joyner (Cymru) & Nibia Pastrana Santiago (Puerto Rico) spent 10 days in residence at 2 Penrhiw exploring their dance making practice together here and in the surround area.

 

“Roedd 2 Penrhiw yn fwthyn clyd a chroesawgar i’n cynnal yn ystod ein preswyliad yn Abercych. 

 

Gerllaw mae neuadd pentref oedd yn stiwdio ddawns wledig a hyfryd iawn. Aethom i ddawnsio ar lan y môr ac i ganol cwm Cych,  buom yn darllen ac ysgrifennu yn y bwthyn ac yn cerdded ar hyd y Dulais. Rhoddodd 2 Penrhiw le a chyd-destun hynod Gymreig i gynnal ymweliad cyntaf Nibia i Gymru a chawsom gefnogaeth arbennig gan Stirling, Simon a’u teulu yn ystod ein deg diwrnod yn y pentref. Cyfnod o wreiddio prosiect a pherthynas newydd- cyfnod arbennig sy’n sylfaen  i ragor o waith yn Puerto Rico yn ystod 2015.”

 

“2 Penrhiw is such a warm and welcoming place, the cottage was a wonderful base and sanctuary for us during our ten day residency of working and exploring in the Cych and Teifi Valleys. The village hall nearby served as a beautiful rural studio for our dance practice. We also danced on the beach, in cwm Cych, we read and wrote in the cottage and walked along the Dulais river. Our residency at 2 Penrhiw offered a distinctively Welsh context for Nibia’s first visit to Wales and we received a very special sense of support from Stirling, Simon and their family. An extraordinary time of rooting this new collaboration and research which we hope to develop in Puerto Rico during 2015.” Siriol

 

 

For video of work in progress shown in Aberych Hall see: http://www.may-nard.org/2-penrhiw-residencies

For images see http://nibiapastrana.4ormat.com/aguaviva

 

 

Água Viva

 

Hydref 11-21 October 2013

 

“unheeded, happy and near to the wild heart of life” JJ

 

Dŵr

 

Water

 

Água

 

Here.

 

 

 

Sleep like a stone

 

Sing like a shark

 

Our tongues are golden.

 

 

 

Dawnsio

 

Double Act

 

RED heaters

 

wombs and placentas

 

“the oblique life is very intimate. I shall say no more about this intimacy so as not to harm thinking-feeling with dry words. To leave the obliqueness in its own uninhabited independence.”

 

 

 

INTUITION

 

Nora paints the apples with purple nail polish

 

“What I do by involuntary instinct cannot be described.”

 

 

 

Sglefren fôr

 

The sea doesn’t wait.

 

“but now I want the plasma- I want to eat straight from the placenta”

 

 

 

I don’t want to be a vessel

 

To be a vessel

 

To dance with water in the mouth

 

To sing like the Dulais. Llais Dulais.

 

“hear me with your whole body”

 

The texture of water changing from crystalline to saliva.

 

Thick and warm.

 

Ocean.

 

“I can stand it because I’m strong: I ate my own placenta.”

 

 

 

“There is no pattern to follow and the pattern itself doesn’t even exist: I am born”.

 

Ash

 

Ash

 

This is soft.

 

 

 

If fire could burn choreography, i would be ashes.

 

Forgotten, invisible, emancipated.
I gather: wood. yawning forms. saliva.
Fire tears oxygen away from time: the swollen joints of structures float away. let it BURN. BURN. BURN.
And, please water the pestilence tomorrow.

 

 

 

N notices the moon through the window and begins to howl. We howl together, it is a song. We are breathing together. S pulls the blue Welsh blanket towards her and over her head to make a tent. N is sitting in the opposite corner and slowly closes her eyes: they don’t see each other. S moves diagonally towards N. Leading with the butt, S is swooping all the objects on the floor.

 

N- What is this? You know this. (a wooden blue stick, is dropped on the floor).
S- Yeah…
N- Is not what it is, but what is does.
S- Gravity.
N- Loud object

 

 

 

A Video Transcript:

 

N: This is soft

 

S: Bod mwy cyfoes, being mega contemporary

 

N: In my next life, I don’t want to have bones

 

S: Blap!

 

N: I want to be like a

 

N & S: Blap! Blap, blap.

 

S: Like that?

 

N: Like your hair, more contemporary though.

 

S: Mega!

 

N & S: Mega, mega mega.

 

S: Sometimes people drive too fast

 

N: And what happens?

 

S: Squashed

 

Roadside burial

 

Can you see me?

 

N: No

 

S: Can you see me now?

 

N: No, but I can hear you

 

S: This is soft

 

Buuu uuuu huuu

 

N: I would name this ‘Fake death and a song”

 

S: What?

 

N I would name this ‘Fake death and a song”

 

S: Buuu huuu huuu huuu oooo

 

I think it’s untitled.

 

N: Temperature: Cold, Hot, Warm.

 

Diolch

 

Ahhh! Oh no! So sorry, so sorry.

 

S: Aw.

 

N: It’s these lights: they are too theatrical!

 

S: Pop, pop, pop

 

S & N: AAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaa

 

N: Aaaaaaaaaashes?

 

S: Yeah! Ashshhhhhhhhhhh

 

N: Ok!

 

S & N: Shhhhhh huuuu shhhhhh

 

N: Meaningful, meaningful, meaningful, meaningful.

 

Waterfall, waterfall, waterfall.

 

Who am I?

 

S: I don’t know who you are!

 

N: I’m you!

 

S: Oh!

 

N: The title of this section is “Constant Horizon” or ‘Recent Horizon”

 

S “Recent Horizon”.

 

 

 

 

 

10 Teitl/Titles:

 

1. Clarice One
2. All the blankets i can fit in my mouth.
3. Benjamin Jones was a tall man.
4. Apples without meaning.
5. Red moon
6. Dance number 31368
7. Phallic (these are good, they are very human)
8. Frontal sensation
9. Sweeping nape of neck
10. No axis , 4 blankets and this is not a healing dance

 

 

 

*with quotes and fragments from Água Viva by Clarice Lispector

 

 

 

 

19 Medi 2013

wadersvideo still : Ben Stammers in Abercych for Maynard, come home 2013. by Rhowan Alleyne

We are delighted to announce the next round of Dance Residencies at 2 Penrhiw:

Siriol Joyner and Nibia Pastrana Santiago: 11-21 October 2013

‘We come to the residency at 2 Penrhiw with no subject, but with the intention of sharing and exchanging practices and to be together,exploring Abercych and the surrounding area. We don’t know how this “being together” will look or what the outcome of our exchange might be. We have a few starting points which include: dancing together, indoors and outdoors, drawing and walking.’

Siriol and Nibia met while taking part in the danceWEB scholarship programme at ImPulstanz festival in Vienna 2011. Siriol comes from Wales and Nidia from Puerto Rico.

Sharing Event with Siriol and Nibia, followed by Tea, discussion and films:

Sunday 20 October, 2pm meet at 2 Penrhiw, Abercych.

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Neil Callaghan: 6-16 June 2014

Neil will spend 10 days at 2 Penrhiw focusing on the relationships between inside and outside, both the interior and exterior of the body and what it means for a body to be outdoors or indoors. Neil works in a variety of contexts and is particularly interested how we experience, and engage with, environments that surround us.

These Residencies are supported by The Arts Council of Wales and produced by 2Penrhiw and Maynard

16 Medi 2013

So many apples! Harvesting for juicing this week … but there’ll be lots left for pies. Join us for the feast from Penrhiw this autumn.

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more apples 2013
september apples 2013

22 Ebr 2013

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TWMPATH DAWNS
ABERCYCH VILLAGE DANCE
Neuadd Abercych Village Hall
Dydd Sadwrn/ Saturday
Mai/ May 11th
7.30- 11.30 pm.
The tenth in an ongoing series of folk dance evenings with a difference in the village of Abercych, North Pembrokeshire.
Come dance and celebrate the Spring with your friends and neighbours,
enjoy a host of amazing musicians and dancers…
Dances include Robin ddiog, plinn, Waves of Tory, Bouree 3 temps, An dro, waltzes, Galliards, strip the willow, Gay Gordan…
Featuring:
Julie Murphy, Ceri Rhys Matthews (Fernhill),
Martin Leamon, Sille Ilves (Sild)
&
Eeva Maria Mutka (dancer)
CROESO CYNNES / A WARM WELCOME
£6/£4 on the door
Refreshments
& Bar
produced by Happy Winter Evening Entertainments
SUPPORTED BY NIGHTOUT
‘in a fair world fernhill would be as big as any “world music” act, and their cds must haves for even casual music fans. the world, alas,
is not fair. one of the great bands on the planet’   howard wolfson – gotham acme – new york times
Sild- ‘their magical soundscapes are otherworldly and beautiful, their new album TRO is a great night time listen’
Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1