Arts: Daybreak Hartley and Quee MacArthur encourage coastal creativity

Arts: Dawn Hartley and Quee MacArthur inspire coastal creativity

Sea Path, an modern initiative born out of lockdown walks, is all set to encourage new music, dance and visible artwork, writes Nora McElhone

The brainchild of dance artist Daybreak Hartley and musician husband Quee MacArthur, who’re delivering the challenge in partnership with The Byre Theatre in St Andrews, Sea Path goals to encourage folks to view their native environment in a brand new manner and document their experiences.

© Courtesy Sea Path
Sea Path

Daybreak, who grew up in Ayrshire, educated in dance at London Modern Dance College earlier than transferring again to Scotland to take up a task in group engagement. She is well-known for her work educating, performing and choreographing dance. She goals to work with folks of all ages and ranges of dance expertise to create thought frightening dance theatre.

Chatting over a socially distance espresso, it’s clear that Daybreak and Quee are excited to have the ability to lastly get Sea Path up and working. “The challenge ought to have launched earlier,” explains Daybreak, “and we had a efficiency scheduled for the primary week in July. Clearly that wasn’t attainable however the thought behind Sea Path stays the identical: to create motion, music and visible artwork impressed by strolling routes round St Andrews.”

Throughout lockdown and past each Daybreak and Quee discovered that day by day walks with a spotlight helped to course of their ideas and encourage creativity. “From private expertise,” says Quee, “having one thing to do was very useful. I discovered it very laborious to focus on any form of work in any respect within the early days of lockdown.” Daybreak agrees, “I are inclined to take all my troubles with me on my walks. Focussing on what you’re seeing, listening to the sounds of the ocean, tuning into the setting might be an absorbing expertise.

“I hope folks will perceive how sharing what we’ve made will assist others really feel impressed and motivated to participate.”

Strolling routes

Members are invited to comply with one in every of 4 advised routes on the seafront or take a 5 minute stroll in a location of their alternative. All the routes supply questions and concepts for duties which is able to assist to encourage inventive initiatives with the concept the audio and video recordings, pictures, drawings can then turn out to be a part of an internet exhibition organised by the Byre Theatre.

For Daybreak, Sea Path will supply the prospect “to disclose a bit in regards to the strategy of devising music and dance. There may be a whole lot of mystique about dance and the way it’s created and folks actually take pleasure in discovering out about how one thing is made.” The place Quee and Daybreak had initially deliberate to carry walks led by the artists concerned, there’ll now be digital periods on Groups to assist folks get impressed. Daybreak additionally hopes to succeed in out to group teams who wish to become involved.

© Courtesy Equipped by Daybreak Hartle
The Seagull, one of many artworks impressed by strolling on the Fife coast.

Different creatives concerned in Sea Path embody dance artist Niamh O’Loughlin, visible artist Hazel Terry, musicians Charlie Gray and James Ford and videographer Brian Hartley to call however a number of. All the artists share a love of the ocean, which sees them drawn to coastal areas for inspiration which regularly stems from childhood experiences. For Niamh these reminiscences embody journeys to the ocean close to her grandparents’ dwelling, “We visited the seashore loads,” she says. Now, “I get overwhelmed by the ocean. I’ve such a way of how a lot of the world I’ve left to discover. I consider the millennia of people that bravely travelled throughout oceans. I principally get enthusiastic about adventures, previous, current and future.
“I like to chase the shoreline out and in. I take pleasure in placing my ft within the sea, regardless of how chilly. I additionally just like the wild blowing my face and hair and making it tremendous messy and wild.”

Daybreak additionally has fond reminiscences of time spent on the seaside: “I like being by the ocean and benefit from the huge horizon and sense of perspective I achieve,” she explains. “I used to be fortunate sufficient to be introduced up close to Barassie Seashore and was free to discover. I created tales and wove imaginary environments out of the dunes. Once I first went to Skara
Brae, I felt like I’d come dwelling to my childhood.”

Video introduction
© Courtesy Equipped by Daybreak Hartle
Dancer Jade Adamson stars within the movie selling Sea Path.

A brief efficiency video is obtainable to observe on the Sea Path part of the Byre Theatre web site. “We filmed it once we weren’t lengthy out of laborious lockdown,” explains Daybreak, “and we actually loved that day. The movie was made at Kingsbarns – it was fairly daring of us to attempt to make a movie however Brian has completed a whole lot of work with dance and was very affected person!” she laughs. “It was a drizzly day and a little bit of water within the lens. We determined to make use of that footage because it felt actual. The thought behind the movie is that the dancer was feeling loads inside her personal head and finds her stroll and motion on the seashore a launch.”

Sea Path is occurring on-line and outdoors till the top of October 2020.

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