Winter Rehearsals

Thu, 17 Dec 2020 @ 12:41pm

It has been a privilege and a joy to be rehearsing at Tortworth Arboretum this week. Slowly letting the forest speak to us, finding mossy nooks, elegant branches and epic views in and against which to dance or fly. Working with some incredible artists in the midwinter glow.

Here is a glimpse of our process.

The Brightness of Home

Fri, 27 Nov 2020 @ 11:44am

What happens when we just listen? I feel a fiery frustration at the news Bristol is to remain in lockdown. Recently a kind of exhaustion has overcome me, I judge myself for finding my life as a solo parent/entrepreneur/artist/idealist scholar so tiring. I have pressed pause on listening to endless lectures and podcasts. In the gap I notice my mind quietly beginning to process the information I have absorbed over several months. New thoughts began to emerge.

Stillness feels aligned with the season. The light has the quality of wonder. Christmas in the past has always felt at odds with this to me, the same tired tunes emerging from supermarket speakers. In my heart I long for peace and the brightness of home.

Our winter offering “Breath of Beginning” is about breath but it is also about listening and returning home to our bodies and to the forests which sustain life. Noticing an ache as I realise how I have neglected both of these things.

If the forest could speak to us what would it say?

Diana Berresford-Kroegoer has been a guide on this journey. I would like to share with you a quote:

“Trees are sentient beings (recognised by Celts and many of the ancient civilisations). The Celts believed the trees presence could be felt more keenly at night or after a heavy rain and certain people were more attuned to tress and better able to perceive them.

There is a special word for this recognition of sentience: ‘Mohathiackt’ described as a feeling in the upper chest of some Kind of Energy or Sound Passing through you this is Ancient expressions of a concept that is relatively new to Science ‘infrasound’ or Silent sound  – Sound pitched below the sounds of human hearing which travel great distances by means of loping waves produced by large animals such as Elephants and Volcanos – these waves can be measured as they emit from large trees – Children can sometimes hear these sounds.”

To Speak for the Trees- Diana Beresford Krogoeger

Tree Charter Festival: 28th November

Tue, 24 Nov 2020 @ 11:15am

Our short film “Breath of Beginning” arrived from the cutting room on Friday. It is more beautiful than I hoped and we have already had some lovely feedback. If you would like to be among the first to see it and join a range of other free online activities register here for the Woodland Trust’s Tree Charter Festival.

Autumn 2020 Collaboration

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 @ 7:27pm

We are sooo excited to have been offered  funding from the Arts Council to create a beautiful film to be shown at the Woodland Trust’s Upload Festival. The film will be a celebration of forests, the way in which they support and sustain life. It will combine dance, acrobatics, narration and a mouth watering sound design.

Whispering Woods  are also breathing life into their new show “Breath of Beginning” which will be performed at Tortworth Arboretum near Bristol in the Spring.

Here is a link to Upload Festival where the film will be shown: https://www.upload-festival.co.uk/streampark

An amazing tour – now back to the studio!

Wed, 9 Oct 2019 @ 3:06pm

Thank you to all of you who came to see our 2019 show Starflower – it has been amazing to feel the warmth and support which each of you brought.

I am excited to be diving into the creative process for next year’s show – learning some new acro moves with Jackie Clementines and enjoying a creative dialogue with Palestinian performance artist Riham Isaacs. Visioning a rich, cross cultural piece telling women’s stories from both cultures.  Earthy colours, twirling and dancing in harnesses, spoken word, arabic music… disintegration and reintegration in nature, culture and self.

We look forward to welcoming you to Leigh Woods this evening! Here are some joining instructions!

Fri, 13 Sep 2019 @ 8:46am

We recommend parking on North Road – the first turning on the right after crossing the suspension bridge. When you get to the National Trust sign on North Road take the left hand fork up to where the Ranger’s Office is – we will be there to greet you!

Bring whatever you need to be comfortable, snacks, outdoor clothing, a torch is strongly recommended.

See you soon,

Nina x

We got funding for our summer tour 2019!

Tue, 7 May 2019 @ 1:00pm

Come and see our new show Starflower delicately crafted to fit into a forest near you! I can guarantee aerial magic, gorgeous music, beautiful settings and some elaborate head dresses!

Adult and child aerial sessions!

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 @ 7:58pm

We are now offering aerial sessions where you can learn along with your child. Monday and Saturday mornings at the Albany Centre in Bristol. Follow this link and scroll down for booking info: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Whispering-Wood-Folk-145518078846995/events/?ref=page_internal

Summer 2019 tour venues announced!

Wed, 19 Dec 2018 @ 8:31am

After initial showings at the Redgrave Theatre in Bristol and the Egg in Bath we will be redeveloping the show for a UK tour! Venues we will be visiting include:

Evenley Wood Garden, Northamptonshire

Morden Hall Park, London

Nene Park, Peterborough

Attingham Park, Shropshire

Leigh Woods, Bristol

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Dates to be announced soon!

Midwinter delights at the Redgrave!

Tue, 30 Oct 2018 @ 2:51pm

We are excited to be prepping a new show which will be performed at the Redgrave Theatre in Clifton on the 12th of January. It will include projections, aerial acrobatics, acro and dance. The title of the piece is Starflower – we hope you will enjoy it!