This project celebrates The Starling – a remarkably sociable bird with an astounding ‘vocabulary’, who are on the Red List of endangered birds in the UK.
Starlings come together in murmurations, take physical and vocal cues from each other – perhaps to stay warm, look for food, avoid predators or… just maybe to have fun.
Starlings don’t recognise borders. Large murmurations are made when ‘local’ birds are joined by flocks from other countries, driven by the weather rather than politics.
Taking inspiration from this behaviour, the project takes a playful look at the fear around migration and multiculturalism. What starts as a small, theatrical flock, grows into a large, indiscriminate community, which flourishes for a flash…
We are developing the project for touring from 2020 and are looking for partners and commission opportunities.
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