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TONIGHT! Monday 17 May: SEMAPHORE!

Calling lovely folk of Hastings and St Leonards! Lovers of the boundless creativity and collaboration in the town! TONIGHT! MSL presents SEMAPHORE, set on Hastings seafront. Sadly all the live tickets have gone… BUT, roll ye eyes not, my friends! You can still tune in and feel involved! Hear what the audience will be hearing through their headphones! Watch what they will be seeing live on the billowing screens! You can virtually be there! Fully accessible and inclusive! HOT’s Zelly Restorick urges you to get tickets!

An unusual and thought-provoking socially distanced and virtually online event on Hastings’ seafront will herald the end of lockdown and the start of summer!

Eventbrite link here: SEMAPHORE Registration

Free event. Donations very welcome!

SEMAPHORE, a site-specific blend of sound, light and performance, will take place as the sun goes down. The event will highlight exchanges of coded messages from Hastings, East Sussex to some of the 24 other places on Planet Earth called ‘Hastings’.

Created by MSL Projects as part of ‘The Sea Beneath’ project, SEMAPHORE is described by director Margaret Sheehy as a ‘hypnotic, interactive experience with many parts, exploring what it means to be human on a changing planet.’

Developed with a host of local artists, SEMAPHORE combines movement, light, original sound, spoken word, performance, film, puppetry – and a choreographed semaphore display from young performers from White Rock Theatre.

‘What has to be done?’, Aldeburgh. Chris Wainwright. Photo by Anne Lydiat Wainwright

What has to be done?

SEMAPHORE revisits and revives work by the late Chris Wainwright, a respected photographer, environmentalist and Hastings’ resident. In 2011, Chris and his partner, Anne Lydiat Wainwright, created a series of powerful light works entitled: What has to be done? on the shoreline of Aldeburgh, a few miles from Sizewell B nuclear power station.

What is to be done?

This was influenced by the work What is to be done? by German artist Joseph Beuys. Margaret says: “SEMAPHORE echoes the message at the heart of both these pieces of art.”

The piece is written by Christine Harmer, a local writer, playwright and passionate carer about the state of the planet, humanity’s choices and decisions – and our shared futures.

Richard De Marco captures Joseph Beuys’ message when he says: 

‘There is a kind of energy that’s been there from the beginning of time. And that is the energy of human beings, animals, plants, glaciers, icebergs, rocks and any kind of pebbles. The power and energy of the sea. We should be in harmony with all of that. If we do not love and respect everything that we have on this planet, we will find the planet will take a certain kind of revenge.”

Humanity’s relationship with earth

Margaret continues: “Covid has created a space in which questions about humanity’s relationship with Earth have bubbled to the surface. How will we respond to these questions?”

IN HASTINGS AND ST LEONARDS, WE ARE SOOOO LUCKY TO HAVE SUCH A VIBRANT, ACTIVE, PASSIONATE, THRIVING ARTS COMMUNITY!

FOR THOSE WHO ACTIVELY TRANSMIT THEIR CREATIVITY – AND FOR THOSE WHO RECEIVE!

LONG MAY OUR CO-CREATING SHIPS SAIL, MY FRIENDS!

NEVER UNDER-ESTIMATE THE POWER OF THE ARTS!

FUNDED OR NOT!

Image: MSL Mask by Rebecca Child/Radiator Arts

HOT colleagues also collaborating!

Fellow creative and carer-about-the-planet, humans and non-humans, HOT’s Zelly Restorick is one of the many performers in SEMAPHORE: one of the be-masked satyrs, nature spirits, representing riotous merriment and disruption!

She won’t be alone!

Fabulous masks by artist Rebecca Child, in collaboration with local, actively co-creating community arts group, the brilliant Radiator Arts!

HOT’s John Cole is one of the photographers: he of the mono fishermen portraits in the Old Town – and much more, locally, nationally and internationally!

Semaphore is free, although donations are welcomed! Book asap to receive event updates and interactive content via your mobile phone!

MSL Projects:

www.mslprojects.co.uksmart-heritage.co.uk | f: facebook.com/mslhastings |          t: @MSLHastings | i: msl_hastings

Eventbrite link here: SEMAPHORE Registration

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Posted 14:43 Monday, May 17, 2021 In: Performance

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