is a durational performance exploring distance (in space and time) through endurance (of body and memory). It uses the rich and complex text of T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets spoken continuously from memory whilst moving/dancing, in relay between the performer (live) and her mother (over mobile phone from Aberystwyth), for the length of the train journey that would be necessary to reunite them wherever the performance is taking place (3 hours, 40 minutes in Coventry; 4 hours, 13 minutes in Liverpool). The project is continuously being developed for performance in different venues, exploring ways of transcending distance, using object, story and memory.
Jess Allen is a performance artist from Aberystwyth. She combines long-distance walking art with one-to-one performance in rural landscapes. She has a PhD in biology from Aberystwyth University, and a PhD in contemporary performance from the University of Manchester. She trained as a dancer in between, latterly with an MA in Dance Making and Performance at Coventry University. She has worked as landscape officer for local government, dance lecturer (improvisation/somatics), community arts facilitator (AHRC Multi-Story Water), and as an aerial dancer for Full Tilt Aerial Theatre and integrated (disabled/nondisabled) companies Blue Eyed Soul and EVERYBODY dance (UK/US/Europe).