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A WING….

magical realism, transportation, liberty, freedom, a whim, soaring over land, space, space, space, new territory to occupy, passengers boarding,  anticipation, joyous, coasting, hopeful, very. winging it, escape, adventure, riding high, greeting clouds, flight, fantasy, dreamy, chasing dreams, flocking, azure blue skies, cloud surfing, a propelling mission, sans frontier, ascent to heaven, the art of being, panoramic autumnal rhythms, descending, spanning, observing, measuring, commending……..

A PREY……

exploitation, did you have to hide? pretend? Be duplicitous, eagle swooping, hornet’s nest, ahhhh! competition, competitor, man up or be preyed upon, shrinking, invisible, living ghost, dead, time for prayer, ‘O God, help me!’ innocence besieged, arrested, taking advantage of, pulling a fast one on, the bogey man, one greasy machine that dehumanises, vicarious living, on the charm offensive, little red riding hood, magpie eyes, fools gold,  staking claim, stalking, mine, mine, mine! power inflation, status over reach, aren’t we all equal? Persecuted, un-protected, vulnerable, cheated, shaming, predatory behaviour rewarded in status, keen business acumen, just surviving……

A SONG……

the singer’s muse, a tonic, balming the wounds, hitting the soul, sing me one, let it out, lift me up,  voccal cord vibrate, hear me out now, a refrain, that song from If film. Did you not know: a Congolese children choir,  deep down, harmonies, echolalia, babbling, playing in tunnels, the industry of life, wakefulness, dawn chorus, listening to oneself, a heart beat, contentment, humming, drumming, instruments, the caged bird, cats choir, out of tune, does it matter? Wordless, made up. La la la la. Muted, yet still singing, only silently…..
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Animation from A Wing A Prey A Song

awingapreyasong-animationHere is a compilation of the animations used in the performance. The animations were projected around the room during the reading, highlighting the action and adding more layers to the audience experience. A Wing A Prey A Song A play written by Ros Martin Animation by Mike Stuart Poem by Ros Martin read by Ros Martin, Jojo martin and Ria Hartley Poem by Langston Hughes Read More...

Workshop #2 Paper Mache Bird Making and ...

Bird Making WorkshopDespite the day of showers here in Hackney on Saturday, the Broadway Market round the corner from Sunbury House was full of hustle and bustle with passersby curiously peeking in at the events space sparking conversations on the show. We opened the workshop in the early afternoon with the chalking event pausing questions about migration, hope and freedom. The workshop, Read More...

R3hear5als B3gin in LOndOn 4 AWingAPreyA...

Guest Project spaceThere was much excitement as the new crew finally descended on London for the first two days of the residency in Hackney @ Sunbury House. Yinka Shonibare came down to see what was going on in his studio. He said he was looking forward to seeing the finished show on wednesday 30th October at the close of the Guest Projects Read More...

When the swallows and swift go...... Bla...

Stills Underground RailroadWhat is that picture about? Stills Underground RailroadI have been asked. It is on A WING A PREY A SONG face book page, Well, it is a 19th century unknown artist’s drawing from an engraving by John Osler, depicting the privation and exposure to the elements of fugitive slaves making their bid for freedom via the Underground Railroad. It is from Read More...

BIRD MAKING WORKSHOP & CHALKING EVENT

May DayFREE PUBLIC EVENT FOR ALL AGES HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO BE FREE AS A BIRD? “People like birds go on dangerous journeys in search of a better life. But do our migrations of the heart end in freedom or do we lose ourselves along the way?” Join us to create your own papier mache bird and migration story which will become a Read More...

Workshop #1 Paper Mache Bird Making

Bird Making Workshop  The Bird Making Workshop, which ran at Goldsmiths College during the 'Perspectives from "other" cultures translating culture’ Conference 20 – 22nd September, stirred up the imagination in participants including members of the Black British Feminist Collective and X Marks the Spot. The workshop, led by digital artist Zoe Holloway, was a chance for people to explore their own stories Read More...

Free Bird-Making Workshop this weekend

DATE: Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September 2013. TIME: 12 - 5pm PLACE: Studio Voltaire artists studio's Clapham Common (map here http://www.studiovoltaire.org/contact.htm  ALL WELCOME FACILITATOR: Zoe Holloway. Create a Bird out of Papier mache, design, style and decorate it to say something about yourself. Your bird will be hung in the Guest Project Studio Space of A Wing A Prey A Song and Read More...

Moving Profiles.

We at A Wing A Prey A Song invite you to make your own moving profile based on the idea of Migration. For Example: your Creative Migration... where did your journey begin and where are you now? Or.. Family history, Stories of Migration. Or a Moving Story, what does moving mean to you? Being Itinerant, displaced, restless, re-invented, evolving, mutating or Re-defining. Changing Read More...

Contributors

An interview with Actress Emilyne Mondo

IMG_4879An interview with Emilyne Mondo who plays Amina in A Wing A Prey A Song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ18TAqYWJc&feature=youtu.be Read More...

Hold on to Dreams - Auntie and Amina Sin...

IMG_4936http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppqYcqXgbJ8 In rehearsals with Shola Adewusi (Auntie) & Emilyne Mondo (Amina) who are the leading characters in the new play A Wing A Prey A Song written by Ros Martin. Poem by Langston Hughes and set to music by Shola Adewusi Read More...

I like to think that strangers are just ...

In a widening field Journeys in Body and Imagination Miranda Tufnell and Chris Crickmay write that: ‘The stories of our lives include many places -places lived in, visited, remembered, heard of, and dreamed about. Some' of these hold a special significance -the place we were born, the place we' regard as home, places we love to go, places we avoid. Every Read More...

Creative Migrations

AWingAPreyASong is a multi-platform project experimenting across artforms. But since 'Art' is not a career choice how is it that we become creatives?It begins with a journey of neccessity, a migration of the imagination.. I was born a cockney sparrow into London's gutters. But from my pushchair I saw a vast colourful country inside the capitol's free galleries and museums. This Read More...

I Dream of Building a New Nest in a Plac...

Matilda and MeIt was in 1962 when my Grandparents Hubert and Matilda Douglas migrated from Jamaican to England. This was the year of Jamaica’s independence, just over fifty years ago now. I know my farther came over later in 1971, and the experience really unsettled him, he never quite felt at home in England. I often wonder if his being unsettled passed Read More...

Independence Day for Nigeria 01/10/1960...

empire_represented"In 2005 I was an artist in residence at Bristol's Empire & Commonwealth Museum where i was granted access to a rare archive of super-8 footage taken 1st October 1960 on Nigeria's actual 1st day of independence! Editing the footage and combining with a new poem and a soundtrack composed by Nathan Ng i made a 'moving exhibit'  in which Read More...

"London is a small bird with a really fa...

Lord Daubly Bird Workshop1Yesterday when i went to this event http://www.ica.org.uk/38741/Talks/Flyers-The-Facebook-of-the-PreInternet-Age.html theres and exhibition on for a while it's nice maybe go check it if you are around about. They were doing questions and a lady started her sentence with ... Then when the Birds came for a Photo - shoot with me in Hoxton Square... This Little guy Lev. 3years old. was so inquisitive as to what Read More...

The Birds - Initiation

Question Bird Workshop1-----------------------------   Wagah (BIRD) Border Ceremony ---------------------------------       Alexander McQueen (BIRD MAN) http://www.vogue.com/voguepedia/Alexander_McQueen   -------------- Brian Eno - Heros and Champions - Complicated Stories and Journeys    Read More...

Residencies

I moved to the Uk in 1999

I moved to the Uk in 1999  “I moved to the UK in 1999 I did not speak any English at the time. I found English classes but they were either mixed or the teacher was a male, so I gave up and stayed home.   A friend told me about Heba, and I joined in Entry Level 2 for English in 2008. A few months later I started Read More...

I didn't go to school back home

I didn I didn’t go to school back home; for my generation it was normal and we were very poor. I came to London when I got married and never learned English till I heard about Heba from my neighbours. I enrolled in October 2011. It was my first time in a classroom. Since then, my English has improved immensely. I know Read More...

No money to learn English

No money to learn English In my country I was a teacher. When I married my husband he said we would move to UK. I thought I would have a better life here; it’s what everyone in my country dreams of, but I was wrong. My husband sends all his money to his family. I didn’t have any money to get a bus to go Read More...

London Plane

London Plane  Sycamore, Poplar, Oak; it has taken me weeks to remember their names but I can now.  London Plane is the tree I like best with its spiky round brown nuts dangling from its branches; it reminds me where I am and who I am. Repeat, repeat, repeat.  They refuse to understand.  But I have no choice.  The questions they ask me.  Read More...

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