‘a highly engaging, brilliant performance, unlike anything I’ve seen before’ Victoria Robb
‘Powerful, thought-provoking, soul-stirring …I wanted to see it again immediately.’ Suzie Purkis.
‘Seeing Eden Reborn reaffirmed my belief that cinema is a live medium and should be celebrated as such. The film/performance is visceral and immediate; a primordial symphony of animation, music and poetry conjured up by the players in front of our eyes. Captivating and disturbing in equal measure. This is cinema at its most alive.’ Andy Howlett
Originally commissioned by mac Birmingham and Apples & Snakes for a scratch performance night, the narrative poem, Eden Reborn, is an eco-feminist, reimagining of the Myth of Eden in response to Ted Hughes’ Theology. Described as a cannibalistic sex metaphor and likened to the work of Angela Carter, the poem takes a dark look at the role of women through time and the effects of colonialist and capitalist behaviours on people and the environment.
Since its original showing in 2013, the poem has been reworked by writer, Elisabeth Charis, in close collaboration with editors, Inua Ellams and Hannah Silva; acclaimed animator, Emma Reading; award winning musician/composer, Steve Tromans; renowned percussionist, Mark Robertson, and sound artist, Soesen Eden. The finished piece is a negotiation of music, animation, sound and language exploring how stories respond to and create cultural identities.