This City is a Tree is a project by Beatrice Jarvis which seeks to enable a dialogue between dream and reality, probing the expectations for the city with the lived experience. As time marches on, narratives of Milton Keynes continually shift and some dissolve, some are becoming ever more concealed or forgotten. Through a detailed series of workshops, interviews, site specific dance and performance explorations, long distance walks and film documentation, this project generates a platform to celebrate memories, ideas and vision of the city in direct interplay with the city’s current form.
Traversing across the mediums of narrative, oral history, sociology, urban planning and site specific performance, this interdisciplinary and intergenerational project seeks to allow as much space for the individual dream of the city to be explored. Traces, roots, fragments and snatches dance together to form a new map of the embodied experience of the city.
This project places specific emphasis on the role of personal memory in the construction of the larger collective narratives of the city of MK. The choreographic process and project process is designed to explore the city from the perspective of individual and often fragmented narratives, which then through collective dissemination and sharing seeks to enable the formation of a wider sense of the unique urban geography to form through the workshop process.
Between dance, film, storytelling and urban mapping, we walk.
For Groundwork Weekender Beatrice will present a film work titled “men in a room around a table making a city” and a publication of 8 movement scores to explore and reflect upon sites of the city, this collaborative project between Milton Keynes Planner, Dr Bob Jarvis and his daughter, Dr Beatrice Jarvis creates an embodied narrative archive tracing Milton Keynes from 1969 to today. Exploring real experiences of the city in relation to the planned utopic visions; this project creates a dialog between dream and reality.
The film is viewable Friday 14th - Sunday 16th September at Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre.
Opening Times: 10:00 - 16:00
Suggested viewing times for those following the Groundwork Weekender programme:
Sunday 16th between 10.30-12.30pm, travel can be supported by The Coach Trip - Tour 3 ticket.
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A copy of the publication can be previewed and purchased at Blurb
This work has been commissioned by Tracing the Pathway as part of their project Groundwork, a cross-arts platform and research project for and about Milton Keynes. Thanks for additional support to the development of the work goes to Bob Jarvis, Jeff Bishop, John Billingham, Michael Edwards and Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre.