Stormy House/Arashi no ie

Whitestone Arts

Showing:
November 03rd 2018 10:30am - November 11th 2018 05:00pm

Whitestone Arts

Arashi no ie is a video and sensory installation that immerses the visitor in the world of Wuthering Heights. The uncanny elements of Emily Brontë’s novel are explored in an extended comparison with Japanese ghost stories, where ghosts remain earth-bound entities and share a mythological ancestry with Cathy’s ghost that bleeds. Entering a space inspired by Japanese tea house architecture the visitor encounters multiple screens telling stories through shadow play, landscape and sound that all provoke the same question: What are the consequences of swallowing a soul?
 
Created by Judith Adams, Stacey Johnstone and Simon Warner in collaboration with Misuzu Kosaka, Natsuko Toyoshima, Ima Tenko, Riko Murakami, Ayaka Morimoto and Aaron White

A partnership between Whitestone Arts, 59 Productions, Brontë Parsonage Museum and Theatre in the Mill, with the support of Arts Council England, British Council, Bradford Council and Japan Society

For further project information please visit: whitestonearts.co.uk/arashi-no-ie-2018-2020/

 
Ghost tales from old Japan were translated into English around 1900 by the Greek-Irish author Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, who became naturalized as a Japanese citizen and whose Japanese wife told him the stories. Irish-Celtic Emily Brontë chose the explorer Parry for her creative alter ego and (spookily) sited her imaginary world of Gondal in the North Pacific. There are many fictional and biographical connections between our two 19th century writers, but none stranger than this apparently random cartography. Within Emily’s immersive game of acting out personas and imaginary worlds, the novel’s groundbreaking content and structure took root. The (mainly snow-obscured) landscape of Wuthering Heights is a hybrid of Haworth Moor and unbounded childhood imagination.

A partnership between Whitestone Arts, 59 Productions, Brontë Parsonage Museum and Theatre in the Mill, with the support of Arts Council England, British Council, Bradford Council and Japan Society

For further project information please visit: whitestonearts.co.uk/arashi-no-ie-2018-2020/
 
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