Artemis The Show
Alana Bloom brings ‘Artemis’ to Motion, Bristol this May for a three day run in a massive old industrial warehouse, realizing a project she has been researching and developing for over two years.
In order to make the show happen she is fundraising to finance the collaborations and materials needed to make the performance including:
Resources for the fabrication of the set piece commissioned by John Heath
Materials for costume to be commissioned by Emily Klein
The commission of original artwork for posters and marketing by Ash Clarke
Marketing budget to promote the show
A one week residency researching Butoh with Paul Micheal Henry
The development of a short film to be used as a projection within the piece.
About the show
Artemis is an abstract performance that weaves together our past, present and possible future by fusing a story in the air and on the ground, using aerial circus, physical theatre, movement and much more. ‘Artemis’ attempts to highlight the reality we are being catapulted towards through our actions as a society through the themes of ritual and mythology.
’The guardian of the Wild Land. Protector. Crone from the valley. Goddess of the Green. Fierce arrow, swift bow. Living river. Woman from the earth. Midwife. Older Sister. Demon from Vesuvius. Justice. Hinder or Helper. Huntress. Mistress of the feral. Master of the beast. Crone.’
Artemis awakes as if from a thousand year slumber. She had been forgotten. Her temples disintegrated, the literature written about her burnt, the statues fallen as humanity tumbled into darkness. But something stirs the final breath in her. Her limbs, fingers and toes crack, her hair thick with stone begins to move whilst dust dances with her and she pulls what’s left of herself back into the realms of the living. It is through one final dance with humanity that she shall learn and deliver their fate.
‘My feeling is that there’s no time anymore to engage with anything other than the truth.’
Paul Michael Henry wrote this to me after a gathering I participated in where I met him and witnessed his Butoh work and this resonates with why I am making ‘Artemis.’
This isn’t just a story about greek mythology, it’s our collective mythology, the wound that we have been attempting to nurse, the source we have been cut off from and which we have essentially lost somewhere along the way. Our own unique wildness. Our fierce ability as protectors, and our responsibility to our planet.
Artemis has been in the making for over two years now and the development of it has been as much about the evolution of a woman and artist as it has been about learning about the world and where we stand in it. This piece has the potential to reach out and touch people, to spark debate and urgent conversations about our environment. The intention of artemis is to remind us to look after our environment, everything in it, especially each other.
It is humanity's vulnerability danced to life in our modern temples from the industrial revolution. It is every scream heard and held. It is a prayer to life, a dance to the living and in honour of the dead.
The mere act of creating art is a tool of activism and stands defiant in an age of utter confusion. The cultivation of creativity is a valuable journey, and I hope that through my own I may inspire your own beginnings, however they may look. It is only through your own unique creativity that your support appears and allows me to play out the world of Artemis, becoming the storyteller. We have been telling stories since before history tells us we did.
Not only this, but it is important to support independent art and grass roots projects because they are the raw ideas, the one’s fed on passion and creativity. Support ideas that spark debate and that question us to look at our lives differently. Support dreams and help them manifest. Give your presence. Encourage vulnerability. Recognize that the creation of art is not defined by society but by the artist.
Supporting via donation or sharing the project, even sharing your own creative work in relation to it, your thoughts on mythology, ritual or environmentalism and using the hashtag #artemistheshow are all going to be incredibly valuable in raising the funds to make this a really special project.
How you can support?
// DONATE //
// SHARE THE CAMPAIGN AND CROWDFUNDING VIDEO //
// USE HASHTAG #ARTEMISTHESHOW //
// FOLLOW ME //
ON INSTAGRAM: ALANABLOOMS
// ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS TO SUPPORT RESEARCH//
If you are unable to do any of the above then please just spread a little love in whatever way you choose.
' Alana Bloom has a unique quality on stage. What she brings, as well as her skill and grace as an aerialist, is her humanity, and her voice, dancing with the archetypes and rituals of Greek myth, she uncovers a rich vein of exploration which contains both sharply focused set pieces and wild improvisational journeys' - Daniel Hernandez, Performer and Assistant Director
'An authentic performer, Alana is very receptive with a real passion for storytelling with the whole of her body. Each movement of hers is captivating and engaging and the audience follow her with curiosity and admiration.' - Myriam Pascale, Director of the Masseria Atipica
Ross Silcocks at Entirety Labs for making the Crowdfunder and Trailer Videos
Hermione Benest for all her direction and support, photos and effort.
Daniel Hernandez for your presence and magic.
All at The Masseria Atipica in Italy.
Freya, Jack, Freddie and all the Motion team for supporting the project.
Ash Dawn Clarke and John Heath for your collabortion.
Emily Klein for your belief.
Lia and Anna-Helena for being inspiring women living out the modern mythology.
Lucy White, Joanna Tremarco, Parkey for your support and offerings.
John Hosken and Jamie Adams for helping on the shoot.
Wim and all at The Invisible Circus
The Island and The Albany
Circomedia for hosting me at Volt
Bristol Old Vic for giving me the space to perform last year.
Ecole de Cirque de Bordeaux for being the projects birth place.
Cie Nee D'un Doute for their support at the beginning.
Every single person that has lent me their support, words, energy and presence... Thankyou. Xx