Imagine if buildings could talk. Imagine if they could share their secrets. If they could tell us about the things they’ve seen and of the history they hold within the fibre of their structure. What would they tell us?
This question has formed the basis of our work with the children involved with Project 21 this week with the beautiful building in question of course, the Wales Millenium Centre.
We are lucky that the Millenium Centre is particularly special in that it already speaks to us every day. In great bold letters for all to see thanks to the brilliance of Gwyneth Lewis who listened to the building when it was being created. It tells us that horizons sing within the stones of this ‘ffwrnes awen’ (furnace of inspiration).
In exactly 12 months time we will share the building’s stories with audiences. The children, much like the materials which have created the structure, come from all over Wales and much like the materials, bring with them stories and secrets and history of their own.
Elan Isaac our choreographer, Jak Poore our composer and myself have had the pleasure of watching our ‘cast’ sing, dance, rap, chant, and of course laugh from North Wales to South this week. On Wednesday, we invited the AMAZING Ed Holden aka Mr Phormula along to Ysgol Glancegin in Bangor to teach us how to beat box. For someone who can barely whistle, I stood agog listening to the incredible sounds and beats his vocal chords created. The children asked him how he managed to do it? ‘Practice’ he said. ‘Lots and lots of practice’ and so to our ‘to do list’… A year of practicing to get our performance ‘Agog-inducing’.
Bring it on I say!