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Sea Hames

sea hames

(Kirkwall, Orkney 2016 - photograph EJ Donaldson)

Sea Hames Drawing

Design Drawing for Sea Hames - AR 2017


Sea Hames is the latest outdoor performance project from leading site specific theatre company Oceanallover. Inspired by 'The Festival of the Horse and Boys' Ploughing Match' this multi-disciplinary performance fuses sonic composition, compelling performance and intricate costume to explore the mythology and iconography of horse, plough and the sea.
In 1984 two Clydesdale horses jumped the gate to their field and charged down to the beach at Billia Croo on Orkney. They stood up on their hind hooves and danced in the low mid-summer sun. This project begins with those two horses and the sea; about freedom and creativity, the persistence of memory, tradition and innovation, attention to detail and wild brush-strokes.
The rituals of horse, land and sea inspire the visual poetry of 'Sea Hames' and the choreography responds to sources of natural power and green spaces as a stimulus to frame the performances.


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Sea Hames at Threave

Sea Hames at DIG Tramway

Sea Hames DIG Tramway

Images- Stromness (FB photo); Threave Gardens (Leo Marsh/Flo GCh photo); The Hidden Gardens (FB photo); Tramway (Brian Hartley photo)




Fighting for thunder my
eyes betray and ears deny
this assault under cobalt
smashing through the calm
of closing lids.

A visceral shake of earth
moved now, moved now
and now by
two horses dancing or biting
they thump hoof prints
each a craterous aftermath
into my green green grass.

And here am I a quaking blade
looking up into the sky
or where the sky was
filled by a quivering muscular exuberance.

This arrival is an exorcism
that breaks my faith and rakes
the soles of unshod feet
to crack resoundingly across
my vaulted heaven.


(alex rigg 2016)


Design and Direction:

Alex Rigg


Florencia Garcia Chafuen; Laini Chrismas; Lewis Sherlock; Jen Cunningham; Philip Alexander McDonald; Jude Milligan; Aaron Jeffries


Joey Sanderson, Sarah McFadyen, Richard Merchant, Breezy Elthalion, Anders Rigg, Cammy Sinclair, Oliver Rigg, Pete & Anna Tagg

Admin & Marketing

Florencia Garcia Chafuen
Alex Rigg
Feral Arts
Anna Tagg


Alex Rigg
Florencia Garcia Chafuen
Leo Marsh
Plymouth College of Art
Ruth Webb


Feral Arts
Creative Scotland
The Crawick Artland
Orkney Museums
Festival of the Horse and Boys Ploughing Match
Buccleuch Estates
Crawick Artland Trust
Manipulate Festival
Dance Base
Threave Gardens
Neilston Development Trust
Barrhead Waterworks


Performers, crew and collaborators.......... thank you all!!


Sea Hames - Florencia Garcia Chafuen

Photograph - Florencia Garcia Chafuen




Un-Looking Polleniser Polleniser Bellmouth Papercone sea hames on tenterhooks
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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oceanallover Wynden Bellmouth Papercone