VARC Artist in Residence, Khosro Adibi, worked with a group of refugees and asylum seekers who attend sessions at Crossings’ building base in Newcastle. (Crossings is a charity who work with these groups through music – www.crossings.co.uk .) Khosro spent time getting to know Crossings’ members who found they had much in common in that the artist himself was a refugee from Iran at the age of nine. During three workshop sessions at the Crossings base, Khsoro worked with members of the choir and devised a performance piece using improvisation, exploration and composition with tradional zulu song.
Some of the group came up to Highgreen to help finish off the clay oven and enjoy a celebratory feast. They also spent time with Khosro and performed their choreographed piece in the woodland at Highgreen when local residents joined us.
A short video of the day can be found in the sidebar or by visiting the VARC Vimeo page here.
This finale day was able to take place because of funding from The Gillian Dickinson Trust for which we are very grateful.