Mayfest and Theatre Bristol Commission

Theatre Bristol and Mayfest are very happy to announce that for Mayfest 2013, we are commissioning new work by Jeremiah Krage & Heidi Dorschler.

Using a giant crochet hook that takes at least two people to lift, and an enormous drum of brightly coloured rope, Jeremiah and Heidi will be inviting passers by to help them create giant, intricate, spider-web-like structures which we will install around Bristol – between trees, from bridges, off buildings – as the festival goes on: a playful, interactive, funny celebration of collaborative effort and (sometimes daft) human endeavour.

The piece takes inspiration from Bristol’s industrial heritage, most directly referencing the city’s history of rope-making, an important export linked to Bristol’s shipbuilding industry. And the crochet sculptures will draw on the traditionally ‘woman’s craft’ of doily-making. The piece is an invitation to make something together, with friends and strangers that we can proudly display for everyone to see.

Jeremiah Krage & Heidi Dorschler are both performers and makers, excited and inspired by site-specific based practices. Individually they have created and performed work across the Southwest, including for; The Northcott, WildWorks, Dance in Devon, The Works, and the Hall for Cornwall. Together they have created and performed numerous site-specific works for The Eden Project and Ha! Theatre.

Jeremiah and Heidi are based in Cornwall, and we’re excited about working with them in Bristol. Talking to them in the commission interview was brilliant fun, and we’re looking forward to a project that we hope will be visually striking and huge fun.