Sunday, 26 May 2013

Pollinating Dumfries and Galloway

Alex Rigg performing, also the Director and costumier of Oceanallover's 'Pollen' in Craigieburns Gardens, near Moffat. Photo by Shelagh Neil.
Enthralling, mesmerizing,a performance of  international standard - some of the comments from audience members after the performances first  at Craigieburn Gardens, privately owned, (but they also have a plant nursery you can visit. ) These intimate gardens, enclosed by woodlands, was followed by the formal terraces of Drumlanrig and the 19th Landscaping of Castle Kennedy around a  lily pond with a backdrop of rhododenrum and azaleas so that meant  a different space and feel to each day.
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Laini Chrismas. Flower costume by Alex Rigg, of Oceanallover's 'Pollen' performance
Above photo, technically challenged, taken by me, nevertheless suggests something of the fragile essence of a flower, performed by Laini Chrismas as part of Oceanallover's 'Pollen', part of the Spring Fling Festival, 2013.

The photo below is of me behind scenes. Scary or what? No false modesty.  Well, it is my blog.

Not so fragile flower, me, Stephanie Green.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Oceanallover's 'Pollen'

'Pollen' performance during the Orchid Festival, Kelvingrove Botanical Gardens, Glasgow, May 2013.
Photo by Rosie Orr.


Above photo shows a sneak preview of an amazing Performance/Music/Extravaganza  to take place during the Spring Fling Festival in Dumfries and Gallowshire, this May Bank Hol weekend.
Devised by Alex Rigg and professional members of his Oceanallover company, it  includes a group from Golden, and Platinum, its twin which I've now gravitated to, both based at Edinburgh's Dancebase. (Incidentally, my move to Platinum is no slur on Golden - it's just that it's so popular, it had to be split into two groups to fit us all into the dance studio space.)

Rehearsals started this week.  I can't wait to see what costumes we'll be wearing - no doubt as weird and wonderful as the ones created by Alex Rigg above.  Rehearsals have been weird and wonderful too - it's like no other dance you've probably ever seen.  Definitely bring your sense of humour as well as sunscreen and hat, or potentially galloshes and brolly to catch us at one of three stunning performances in three stunning gardens (and what gardens! Best time of year for it too.):

Fri 24th May    Craigieburn Gardens, Moffat       6.30pm-7.30 pm
Sat 25th May   Drumlanrig Gardens, Thornhill     1.00-2.00 pm
Sun 26th May  Castle Kennedy Gardens             1.00-4.00 pm

For further details see Spring Fling Festival Fringe. For online programme brochure
More amazing costumes by Alex Rigg and further info on Oceanallover: l