Lone Women In Flashes of Wilderness

I am delighted to be creating a 30 minute piece, Lone Women in Flashes of Wilderness to be performed in Scotland’s darkest place as part of Sanctuary Lab over  the 24 hours from noon 23rd – noon 24th September . The piece will be performed in 3 parts, reflecting changes in shelter, light and temporality and will then be transmitted as a whole in the dark of the forest night.

I will be exploring ideas of what it is to be a woman in the wilderness, in varying degrees of darkness/shelter/observation and aim to create a piece that reflects and incorporates a wide range of womens’ thoughts, feelings, and experiences of how we are in darkness, alone, in the wilderness.

I want to hear your experiences, your fears, your joys, the things that you do to make being anything that you consider to be a lone woman in the wilderness possible.

What do you think of when you think of being wild and free? What is your own personal definition of wilderness, and do you go there?

Do you go running in  the park before work, wander through woods, go hill-walking, do you walk home from the station alone at night, get lost in unknown cities, camp out by a river, swim in the sea, cycle through country lanes, walk the dog on a deserted beach. What do/would you think and feel before and after any of these activities?

What would you like to do but hold back from? What would you like to do but aren’t able to? Tell me how you would feel to be alone in the woods in the dark. Tell me how you make moving in darkness work for you. Do you carry an alarm, a weapon or not give the darkness a second thought. Tell me about the flashes of great you get from being a lone woman in the wilderness or even how you think it would feel.

Where are your wild places alone? Solely in your imagination? On the internet? When you move through a city?

Does technology help or hinder you? Do you feel safer with a mobile phone but worry about no connection? In Scotland in winter we have few daylight hours how do you (wherever you are) stay connected to outside/to nature? Have you ever judged or been judged as women in the dark or in the daylight alone?

How would you map out the flashes of wilderness in your life?

The aim of the piece is to explore the complexities of being a woman in the 21st century and how society, fear and the balance of light and darkness may or may not impact upon our freedom to move through the world with flashes of wilderness.

Your input is essential in creating an informed work of depth and meaning. Any thoughts no matter how small or detailed can be emailed before 31st August, 2017 to: loneflashesofwomen@gmail.com 

All information given will be treated as confidential and no words will be used verbatim. The aim of this call out is to get as broad a range of input on how people think and feel not to incorporate the words.

Thanks in advance for engaging with the project and please do come and hear the result,