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oceanallover Performance



POLLEN Lost Supper POLLEN Sporopollen Un-Looking Lost Supper POLLEN Bellmouth Papercone Lost Supper POLLEN Sporopollen


There are flowers and there is pollen;
There are places and there are journeys.
If you stay still for long enough then all of life will pass through you;
should you move as fast as life then you will pass through all things.






This is a project about growth and the migration of ideas.
Every day we travel from darkness into light and back into darkness.
Pollen and fungal spores fill the spaces between the air that we breathe, our bodies become a vessel for the passage of floral population.

POLLEN looks at a series of locations and the journeys that connect them. Each place and each route is explored through dance and costume. Oceanallover is based in Dumfries and Galloway on the edge of a recently designated Dark Sky Park, a place where people gather to look upwards and inwards. Angus Balbernie is based on the edge of a Dark Sky Park in Provence and the Slovak Wildlife Society is based in the Tatra Mountains and near to the Dark Sky Park at Poloniny.

These three places and the three groups of people that are associated with them form the basis of the locations.

The journeys between each place is made by a series of different people:
Dancers that draw on the earth;
Elderly people who draw with their bodies in the air;
Scientists who draw out the truth;
Writers who are drawn by meaning;
Children who draw us all.


Mushroom and Gardener


POLLEN is a series of performance events that are pollinated, grow and then move. Their inspiration is the marvellous shapes and connections that are present in the microscopic forms of pollen. Pollen is found in fossil records and used as a book from which to read our own history, pollen irritates millions of noses, perpetuates a race of floral beauty, swims through the air with its dark partner the spores, like plankton, making beauty from beauty and life out of death.


Here are some pictures taken by various members of the Oceanallover team at our POLLEN events during spring and summer 2013:


Our Team

This is a project that is only possible with the help and collaboration of many people and so thank you very much to all of you!


Alison Roberts; Vik Quickly; Florencia García Chafuén; Jo & Kyna Hodges; Trevor Leat; Alex Rigg


Florencia Garcia Chafuen; Jo Hodges; Denis Zygadlo; Sian Thomas; Brian Hartley; Jaine L; Sita Pieracchini; Tara Hodgson; Jane Simpson;
Aaron Jeffries; Spenser McRae; Mahri Reilly; Paul Henry; Eilidh Reilly; Alex Rigg

Dance Base, Edinburgh - Golden and Platinum Group members

Northern School of Dance Students


Musical Direction - Joel Sanderson

Samson Sound - Anders Rigg

Electronic Interventions - Guy Veale

Musicians: Joel Sanderson; Anders Rigg; Roger Marsh; Steve Kettley; Ben Ivitsky; Tom; Willie; Ross; Dave; Owen


Art Actions - Lindsay John


Project Management - Alex Rigg & SJ Couzens

Stage Management - SJ Couzens and Mark Zygadlo

Production at the Helix Park - UZArts


Design and Direction:

Alex Rigg



Creative Scotland
Spring Fling
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Catstrand Arts Centre
Craigieburn Gardens
Drumlanrig Castle
Castle Kennedy
Falkirk Community Trust
Artlink Central
Slovak Willife Society



Photo - EAFS




Here is a short film taken at an intervention in the Catstrand centre, New Galloway in Winter 2012 at the launch of the new Biosphere reserve:


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POLLEN is a Year of Natural Scotland project and is supported by Creative Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage .






Un-Looking Polleniser Polleniser Bellmouth Papercone sea hames on tenterhooks
Un-Looking Bellmouth Papercone Un-Looking Bellmouth Papercone
Wynden Wynden Wynden Wynden Wynden POLLEN POLLEN POLLEN POLLEN Sporopollen Sporopollen The Lost Supper POLLEN not to scale
Lost Supper POLLEN Sporopollen Un-Looking Lost Supper POLLEN Bellmouth Papercone




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