Performing The Hosts: Ectoplasmic Variations

Serena Korda

Two performances:
Saturday 2 May 2015, 7pm
Saturday 9 May, 9.30pm

Dong! Dong! Dong! Dong! Dong! Dong! Dong! Dong! Dong! Dong!

Join us as the witching hour draws nigh to witness a resurrection: the quickening of a cankerous army, who are determined and full of a reckoning, malignant spirit. We are pleased to invite you to The Hosts: Ectoplasmic Variations.

Devised in collaboration with the Rhubaba Choir, Serena’s performance animates the Witch Bottles: an army of ceramic vessels inspired by 17th Century Bellarmine Jugs, used during the Witch Hunts to ward off evil forces. Using the voice as a percussive tool, the performance unfolds as a sound experiment fusing sculpture and voice, exploring the materiality of object and sound, awakening a rousing call to arms for these wretched ceramic warriors.

The music made using the Witch Bottles fuses together soldier’s songs, incantations and the testimonial of Isobel Gowdie, the most detailed and well documented confession in the history of the witch hunts of Scotland. Isobel was brutally tortured as all suspected witches were, but her confession is exceptional in its articulation, leading to the hypothesis that she was a performer or storyteller. She appears to have delivered her confession under duress, forced in to moments of what appear to be pure improvisation – a pertinent starting point for Korda’s sound experiment.

With special thanks to all the members of the Rhubaba Choir.