Archive for March, 2011

gravel discussion

Trios should meet at least twice before May 1st! This can be to work on your material or to organize objects and other practicalities that must be arranged. Perhaps you need to set a process in motion.

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Meet with your dialogue research partner and perform the research (collect a dialogue).

Research assignment:
Collect a dialogue. This may be a conversation between two or more people. It should have five parts that is, five different speech responses (times someone speaks) (If it is between two people, A speaks three times and B speaks twice.) But it can be longer than that. Keep in mind the piece probably can’t hold a very long dialogue and there will be a few of them to choose from, we may use more than one.

With your partner(s) determine a criteria for your search either a method of searching or an area I which to search. Come up with a plan (a methodology). Then perform the research by going into the library or the field or wherever it is that your methodology takes you.

Please don’t spend more time on this than you can afford. Make sure that you enjoy the collection activity or at least the idea of it.

caution danger from water

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Paternity search text:
I am looking for my biological father who was stationed in Penryn, Cornwall, England in 1944/45. My mother was Mrs Queenie Eustace who lived at the Kings Arms Hotel, Penryn. I have been told that my father was a US naval officer stationed at Tremough, Penryn. Can anyone help me find which units were stationed in Penryn at the time. I have tried for years but keep hitting brick walls.
I have found a beautiful grotto at Tremough Convent which was built by the US Navy in which there is a plaque bearing the names D Helie R King K Radley F Pilling R Haskell J Fransisco USN 8-12-44. The US chaplain was Rev. J Lynch. Does anyone recognise these names? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Can you propose an office for Larry that we can build on the stage?
(add ideas as comments to this post!)

put your heads together

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Father Lynch was a chaplain in the US Navy who enjoyed visiting the Daughters of the Cross at their Tremough convent while his ship was in the river Fal during 1945.
He gifted the convent with a large statue of Mary which stood on one of the meadows at Tremough.
Before it was a performance Centre, it was a meadow.

This large piece of granite with the remains of his name looks like it might have been part of the plinth on which the statue of Mary stood.

Matthew Smallwood has pledged to find and visit the new home of the gift statue from Father Lynch, here is a link that might help.

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Please click on the new directive link below or the tab for current directive at the top of the page and find the assignment for the first day of this last installment of our workshop. I will be meeting with you March 17th & 18th and then again in May. Bring responses to this directive when you come on the 17th.

find new directive for March 2011 here.

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Focus for 2011

The Dove, the Ghost, the Handkerchief Tree
a workshop in three parts

We all have a place in our hearts that provides sanctuary. It may be a house we knew as children or a tree or a corner of a street in a particular town. The garden at Dartington has been such a place for many people who have been there over the years and especially to those who have studied there and then moved on.
As part of a 3-year project (now in its final year) various activities have been undertaken in workshops directing attention toward how the history of a place influences the present and how we in the present can make a lasting imprint, as well as how one takes a place away with one, or documents it, or finds a way to memorialize it to protect it as a site of personal solace or inspiration.
Workshops in May 2010 and in March 2009 focussed on generating performance material with an eye on lasting, ending, absence, residue, leaving, and surviving change. The performances created also looked to the idea of leaving the garden, leaving a part of the self behind in the garden, and keeping the garden with us when we go.
This third part of the project will focus on how to begin, as well as collaboration, community, idea development, and facing the generative force of change.
Students will bring to the work their experience of the last days of Dartington College of Arts in Dartington and their ideas about leaving, making a mark, and the long look that seals a memory as well as what it means to carry on in uncertain times.

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