PREVIEW: And The Birds Did Sing – Fringe First winning company presents evocative solo performance


Edinburgh-based dance theatre company Curious Seed will collaborate with composer Luke Sutherland to present a world-premiere solo performance of And the Birds Did Sing.

It takes place as part of venue Dance Base’s acclaimed programme at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe later this year.

Written and performed by renowned choreographer, Christine Devaney (Artistic Director of Curious Seed), And the Birds Did Sing tells the story of a woman who remembers a girl who knew a woman who listened to the birds.

The work has been developed through the ongoing collaboration between choreographer Christine Devaney, musician Luke Sutherland and artist Yvonne Buskie, exploring the connections and interplay between music, dance and the origins of stories.

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And the Birds Did Sing is part of a larger project called Moving Monologues which Curious Seed will produce in the future.

Christine Devaney, Artistic Director of Curious Seed, said: “I’ve been collaborating with Luke Sutherland for many years on projects of varied nature and scale.

Our work comes from what feels to me like an alchemy between music and movement; words and threads of stories emerge which are woven into the work.”

She continued: “The title of this piece And the Birds Did Sing came to me during a challenging, but beautiful moment in my life and wouldn’t leave. This was the seed from which everything else around the show has grown.

“It’s a very collaborative, layered and responsive process between the three of us, which I hope is reflected in the performance despite it becoming a solo!”

The performance will take place at the festival from the 2-11 August at the Dance Base venue in the capital.

Curious Seed has previously won a Fringe First Award in 2009 for its production Found.

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