Image Credit: JP Masclet
Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company
As part of the London 2012 Festival
St Mary’s Church, Stoke Newington
We gather at the cemetery adjacent to St Mary’s Church at Stoke Newington before ritually being led into the sanctuary of the old building. Standing at the altar, we haphazardly position ourselves like an unrehearsed choir facing the congregation of empty pews. The high ceilings and ancient pillars also appear to be anxious for the performance which is about to commence. Six female bodies unexpectedly emerge amidst the pews to the sound of chiming bells, their probing movements suggest that they are excavating the space until they lower their bodies gravely back into the pews.