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Sea Hames

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Sea Hames at Manipulate Festival, Edinburgh


Sea Hames is inspired by 'The Festival of the Horse and Boys' Ploughing Match' and this multi-disciplinary performance fuses sonic composition, compelling performance and intricate costume to explore the mythology and iconography of horse, plough and the sea.
In 1984 two Clydesdale horses jumped the gate to their field and charged down to the beach at Billia Croo on Orkney. They stood up on their hind hooves and danced in the low mid-summer sun. This project begins with those two horses and the sea; about freedom and creativity, the persistence of memory, tradition and innovation, attention to detail and wild brush-strokes.
The rituals of horse, land and sea inspire the visual poetry of 'Sea Hames' and the choreography responds to sources of natural power and green spaces as a stimulus to frame the performances.

Sea Hames - Sanctuary Lab

Sea Hames at Sanctuary Lab, Galloway


sea hames Crawick Multiverse

Sea Hames at Crawick Multiverse

Sea Hames Dance International Glasgow

Sea Hames at Dance International, Tramway, Glasgow

Sea Hames



Fighting for thunder my
eyes betray and ears deny
this assault under cobalt
smashing through the calm
of closing lids.

A visceral shake of earth
moved now, moved now
and now by
two horses dancing or biting
they thump hoof prints
each a craterous aftermath
into my green green grass.

And here am I a quaking blade
looking up into the sky
or where the sky was
filled by a quivering muscular exuberance.

This arrival is an exorcism
that breaks my faith and rakes
the soles of unshod feet
to crack resoundingly across
my vaulted heaven.


(alex rigg 2016)




Sea Hames will be touring in Scotland in 2019 and 2020

Locations nd dates tbc


Design and Direction:

Alex Rigg


Florencia Garcia Chafuen; Laini Chrismas; Lewis Sherlock; Jen Cunningham; Philip Alexander McDonald; Jude Milligan; Aaron Jeffries


Joey Sanderson, Sarah McFadyen, Richard Merchant, Breezy Elthalion, Anders Rigg, Cammy Sinclair, Oliver Rigg, Pete & Anna Tagg

Admin & Marketing

Florencia Garcia Chafuen
Alex Rigg
Feral Arts
Anna Tagg


Alex Rigg
Florencia Garcia Chafuen
Leo Marsh
Plymouth College of Art
Ruth Webb


Alex Rigg & Trevor Leat


Feral Arts
Creative Scotland
The Crawick Artland
Orkney Museums
Festival of the Horse and Boys Ploughing Match
Buccleuch Estates
Crawick Artland Trust
Manipulate Festival
Dance Base
Threave Gardens
Neilston Development Trust
Barrhead Waterworks


Performers, crew and collaborators.......... thank you all!!


Sea Hames - Florencia Garcia Chafuen


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