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No Place Like (Flat) Holm

 

A journey through myth and magical landscapes

Lying in the Bristol Channel, just 3km off Lavernock Point (South Wales), is Flat Holm - Cardiff's own mystery island. Its shorelines are studded with secret caves, and its landscape hides stories of survival against all odds. It is a microcosm of Wales’ history. The buildings, remnants of military defenses and a former cholera isolation hospital, echo stories of loss, isolation and grief; a nation defending itself against invasion.


Now operating as a tourist attraction, bird sanctuary and Site of Special  Scientific Interest it defends itself against the threat of climate change. Living off-grid and enduring the turn of the seasons across one year, join us as we follow the story of one woman whose experience of chronic pain ignites a love affair with the island. Isolated and yearning to be heard this is an intimate duet that gives voice to the invisible pain of body and earth. 

 

Immersive Film Premiere

Llais, Wales Millenium Centre 
27 - 31 October 2022

This filmed site-responsive work deeply inhabits and enlivens the hidden stories of Flat Holm’s landscape, scattered with wildflowers growing through the crumbling remains of centuries of human occupation, re-awakening them in the imagination of the public.

Told through the body and voice of a lone woman in chronic pain, across the cycle of a year’s turn, this is an intimate duet between broken body and damaged earth – the search for home/holm in Flat Holm’s brutal yet beautiful embrace.

Presenting in the Bocs at Wales Millenium Centre this work can be viewed on the hour and every half hour throughout the festival.


Details of how to book announced soon!

https://www.wmc.org.uk/en/whats-on/2022/no-place-like-flat-holm

 
 

A day in the life of a disabled artist on (and off) an island.

Follow the journey on instagram

 
 

Filmed experiments in landscape - Research and Development (2020)

This project emerged from a Develop Your Creative Practice award (2019) which supported Gina to explore a transition of practice that focused on wellbeing in nature, and used film as a way to negotiate the demands of live performance/touring.


Moving to Wales filming relocated to the shorelines of Lavernock Point where Gina had been making embodied engagements with the landscape. Across the sea lay Flat Holm - an island which had once housed a cholera isolation hospital. Connecting with the island and with her own sense of isolation (experienced through chronic pain), in the midst of the worlds' (the result of a global pandemic), the work was born.


This early film reflects those experiments in landscape, a two-way, collaborative journey made with filmmaker Mathew Beckett (River Rea Films). Together they have devised a truly unique way of working film, one that is "as authentic as it gets" (Mathew Beckett). This organic method is contra to standard film making methods, responding sensitively to performer and landscape - a central ecology of care for both body and earth considered throughout

 

Team

Artistic Director and Performer

Director of Film and Photography

Musician
Composer

Artistic Mentor

Lydia Bassett

Producer
Support Worker

Screendance Advisor
Distribution Consultant

David Massey

Digital Mentor
(Wales Millenium Centre)

Alan Jones

Support Worker 
Royal Marine Veteran/Motivational Coach/Survival Specialist

Podcast Producer
(Radio Platfform)

Sound Engineer

Jill Rolfe

Costume Designer

Callum Crawford

Graduate Placement