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Press Release for Edgelands

Twelve dancers will explore the spaces in and around the steps of the magnificent St. Marylebone Parish Church portico during the evening rush hour with the accompanying sound of a solo viola.  Moving down to the crypt there will be a quiet coming together of sound and space and paintings.

The work of Day Bowman, Dan Coombs, Marguerite Horner, Barbara Howey, Lee Maelzer and Sean Williams explore and document the wastelands and the neglected environs to be found on the margins of urban living.

Edgelands - a name dreamt up some 20 years ago to describe aspects of the changing face of Britain.

Perhaps the first literary attempt to capture the essence of the idea was Iain Sinclair’s evocative account of a journey round the M25 London Orbital.  For Paul Farley and Michael Symmons-Roberts, the authors of the book Edgelands, these spaces are the great ‘unnamed and ignored landscapes…places where our slipstream has created a zone of inattention’ and yet where all manner of interest and beauty thrive.

The dance performance, choreographed by Lizzi Kew-Ross, is a realisation of the visual artists’ work and Kew Ross’ three dimensional interpretations of mark and content.  Michael Berkeley’s piece Odd Man Out for solo viola provides a powerful, edgy soundscape.

The exhibition opens at 6pm on 14 April at The Crypt Gallery, St. Marylebone Parish Church London NW1 5LT and runs until 30 June 2016.

Iain Sinclair and Nick Papadimitriou, writers on the wastelands and edgelands of Britain, will be talking about their work followed by a Q&A on 21 April 2016, 6 – 7.30 pm.  A U.K. wide tour of the ‘Edgelands’ exhibition will take place during 2016/17.

A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition with an essay by Andrew Lambirth.

‘Edgelands’ exhibition promises to be an unusual and truly exciting cross-arts project for London and the regions.  For further information contact: 

Day Bowman (Curator)       [email protected]                +44(0) 7968 692761

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