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    Tatterdemalion Grove - installation proposal

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    Burning Bright


Burning Bright

Category : Current Work, General Info, Processions · No Comments · by December 8, 2016

Burning Bright is a night-time procession for street, town & festival sites. From the forests of the night and the sinews of the heart comes a scrapyard menagerie of illuminated beasts & creatures accompanied by musical towers, performers, lights, & pyrotechnics. Forged in the wild places of the human imagination, Burning Bright combines high intensity animation of beasts & puppets; live music and sound and dazzling, atmospheric pyrotechnics. This is a bestiary that roars out from the page and onto the streets in a constellation of energy and delight.

Contact Us for more detail, pricing and tech specs.

photo of obby oss and beastBurning Bright mini Sketch


Skimmity

Skimmity is a processional delirium of wild music, mobile towers & sound sculptures, pyrotechnics and performers. Drawing on traditions of noise in ritual and celebration, free jazz, street music and sound art, Skimmity brings a right riotous racket to your streets.

Strange noises fill the air: the skronk of the saxophone, the thunderous funk of percussion, the parping of horns, hooting of sirens, clanging of bells and wafting columns of coloured smoke announce the arrival of Skimmity…”

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photo collage of Skimmity paradeSkimmity concept sketch


Pandamonium Parade Video

Category : Current Work, Processions · No Comments · by September 13, 2015

New video footage of our Pandamonium Parade, filmed at Spare Parts, Fleetwood Festival of Transport in July 2015.

Rag & Bone – The Pandemonium Parade (Spare Parts Festival, Fleetwood – July 2015) from Rag and Bone on Vimeo.


Burning Bright

Category : Background, General Info, Interesting Stuff, Processions · No Comments · by February 3, 2015

burning bright collage
Burning Bright – An Illuminated Bestiary
We are looking for partners and co-conspirators to help develop new work for processional performance. Burning Bright: an Illuminated Bestiary; is one such idea.
We envisage this project as ranging from small to large scale work:

  • An intimate, touring show inside the mouth of a Leviathan: with live soundtrack and music, puppets, video and illuminations. Watch as the Ghost Zoo is born from the Belly of The Beast and join in a mini parade of animated detritus, as it emerges from the Leviathan’s nether regions…
  • A grand street delirium summoning giants, creatures and beasts from the edges of science and the wild lands of the imagination… From the forests of the night and the sinews of the heart is forged a totemic menagerie: A Paleolithic Whale-Ark of Shadows; The Mudskipper Chorus; The Bioluminescent Ghost of an Elk; The Last Industrial Tyger in Britain; The Owl Carousel; A Constellation of Deep Sea Horns; and others yet unknown…

We want to engage directly, viscerally and generously with audiences, and have ideas we would like to research & explore around: high intensity animation and performance of beasts, puppets and devices; mobile sound sources and generation; LED, electro-luminescent and other low voltage lighting; integrating fire, pyrotechnics and special effects into parades and much more.

“it is vain to dream of a wildness distant from ourselves…it is the bog in our brains and bowels, the primitive in us, that inspires that dream” Henry Thoreau
 

“One human life is deeper than the ocean. Strange fishes and sea monsters and mighty plants live in the bed rock of our spirits” Ben Okri


Welcome to The Isle of Noise

Welcome to the Isle of Noise: Tim Hill’s ongoing investigations into the history of noise, celebration, protest and outdoor music making.


Hurly Burly and other Ballyhoo

Category : Current Work, Processions, Stuff and Nonsense · No Comments · by November 13, 2014

hurly burly kinetic sound sculpture in Marsden Jazz Festival Parade

The Hurly Burly and Hullabaloo of work and life has meant we’ve been sorely neglecting the blog of late. Well we got the plumbers in, removed the blockage from the blog and it should be running freely now….

Some video footage and photos of some of the shenanigans we’ve been up to is available

Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtxKbUprFZA

Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WojH0beKXoI

and Here: http://www.examiner.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/thousands-jazz-fans-flock-norths-7921836

Since then we’ve also been working with our friends Macnas in Galway and Dublin – we’ll post more about our adventures there soon…


Pandaemonium Parade @ Spare Parts Festival

Category : Current Work, Processions · No Comments · by July 27, 2014

 

The Dust has settled on the Pandaemonium Parade – we’ve been far too busy to tweet and post online – lazy Luddites we are. Spare Parts and Tram Sunday were fantastic – Fleetwood well and truly rammed to the gills with sun soaked, happy people.

Photo of Pandaemonium Parade


The Ghost Horn

Category : Current Work, General Info, Processions · No Comments · by May 1, 2014

The Ghost Horn from Rag and Bone on Vimeo.

We’ve recently posted some newly found footage of one of our favourite shows from the last few years onto Vimeo. The Ghost Horn was a watery lament and processsion held in 2 locations in Taunton and Bridgewater in 2012. We think it has further potential and we’re keen to re-invigorate and revive it for other locations – canals, rivers, marinas and lakes.


Somerfest & The Endless Parade

It’s a busy time of year for Rag and Bone – no resting on our worn out laurels in the Boneyard. Tim Hill and Geraldine Giddings organised the Endless Parade – a 1 day conference in Taunton, Somerset exploring parades, processsions, carnivals and other mobile transports of delight. Rag and Bone were there with some of the procesional devices, mutant bicycles and mobile beasts we’ve made in the last year or so.

Two days later on 15th June we were a core part of 2 processions for Somerfest in Taunton town centre, along with Mike Pattison from Kinetica and his amazing contraptions from the Paralympics Closing Ceremony, and the The Big Noise.  Much fun was had by all, including participants and an unsuspecting public. We’re hoping this can turn into a regular event – here at Rag and Bone we delight in seeing town centres full of colour, fun, mayhem and a joyful noise.

The Bone Yard Beast goes shopping on Taunton High street
The Bone Yard Beast goes shopping on Taunton High Street

The Somerset Wind Gatherer - designed and built by Rag and Bone
The Somerset Wind Gatherer – designed and built by Rag and Bone

The Bone Yard Beast loose on the streets of Taunton!
The Bone Yard Beast loose on the streets of TauntonThe Bone Yard Beast goes shopping on Taunton High Street