encharted parksTrois Poules Francaises - Ira Lightman

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me
Twelve lords a a leaping
Eleven ladies dancing
Ten pipers piping
Nine drummers drumming
Eight maids a milking
Seven swans a swimming
Six geese a laying
Five gold rings
Four calling birds
Three French Hens
Two turtle doves and
A partridge in a pear tree

Artists were asked to propose interpretations of the 12 Days.
The resulting collection of the literal, the playful and the tangential charmed and enchanted audiences of all ages throughout the Winter Festival.

Aether & Hemera:  "The Twelve Days Star"

an enchanted star....

Karen Monid: "Peace Garden"

a walk through tranquil cloisters

Adept; "Four Calling Birds"

interactive calling birds

xsite: 'Eleven Ladies Dancing"

the bandstand transformed into a lifesize musical box

Ira Lightman: "Trois Poules Francais"

some very chatty French hens

Kasper Hansen: " Boats on the Lawn"

a Victorian boating lake on the lawns of Saltwell Park

Tom Marshman: " The 12 Days of Christmas"

exploring the 12 Days through filmed interpretations 

Shams Theatre: 'Victorian Parlour"

step out of the cold into a cosy parlour to play Victorian parlour games

Blind Minatour: 'Twelfth Night Tale'

a student commission: a performance interpretation of the classic story

Ben Haigh & partners: "Five Gold Rings"

a student commission: five increasingly gaudy gold rings to walk under

Ben Haigh & partners: 'A Partridge in a Pear Tree"

a student commission: a series of installations showing a partridge's ever more desperate attempts to get into a pear tree. 

Lauren Healey: 'Seven swans a swimming"

a student commission: showing swans in Saltwell Dene

filament: Lighting Design

commissioned atmospheric lighting throughout the park


Encharted Parks quote

Stella Hall, creative director of culture10

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