THEIR MOST OBEDIENT SERVANT came to a close on 4 November at HAREWOOD HOUSE, YORKSHIRE.
Their Most Obedient Servant was a two-part installation celebrating Harewood’s Chippendale collection.
Family Tree occupied the centre of the Courtyard (the 18th century stables), and was in situ until 04 November 2018. Here, Geraldine re-imagined a previous installation to connect with Chippendale, his family, and his craft; a conception of Thomas Chippendale, inspired by his love of wood, dreaming of his own family tree.
Root and Branch, The other element in the installation came to a close on 4 September 2018. This work was positioned in the Terrace Gallery, and laid bare the connection between the grandest finished piece of furniture, and the raw material and energy of its source; wood from the tree.
"Their most obedient servant” was the term used by Thomas Chippendale at the end of his introduction to his ground-breaking furniture design catalogue, The Gentleman & Cabinet-Maker’s Director.
24 October – 4 November 2018, Inteatro, Polverigi Italy
Geraldine led a Site-Specific Training Residency as part of the Sipario Bis Bis training programme in Theatre, Cinema and TV for professional ltalian artists for Inteatro at Villa Nappi, Polverigi, Ancona, Italy. Other course leaders for the programme were Marco Baliani, Lucia Mascina and Massimo De Lorenzo. Geraldine will be returning to Italy in February and May 2019.
The Training Residency followed on from a Site-Specific Theatre Practice Workshop, recently delivered at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018.
Friday 5 October 2018, Royal Court Theatre, London
Geraldine took part in the Sharing The Stage Symposium.
"Over the past three years, a group of leading theatre companies and practitioners have been working together to interrogate and question the role of participatory arts practice. Shows were made in prisons, abandoned docks, care homes, favelas, a football stadium, repurposed buildings and alternative spaces across the U.K. Communities shared stories, films were made, blogs uploaded, nights and days of invigorating debate were had with artists, participants and policy makers. Now we’re regrouping and you are invited to be part of what comes next. Hosted and presented by companies from the Sharing the Stage network including: National Theatre of Scotland, Sage Gateshead, Graeae Theatre Company, Contact Theatre Manchester, Synergy Theatre Company, Geraldine Pilgrim, Royal Court Theatre and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation."
Wednesday 10 October 2018, Harewood House Yorkshire
Geraldine presented a talk at Harewood House for Leeds Arts University students, focusing on the making and context of her two-part installation Their Most Obedient Servant (commissioned by Harewood House). Also presenting on the day, Lord Whitney design studio delved into the making and context of the Harewood immersive exhibition commission Seeds of Hope - Journey through Untold Stories.
After The Missing Passenger - a Murder Mystery Exhibition Trail at the National Rail Museum York in 2017, the Geraldine Pilgrim Performance Company has been working on Geraldine’s Harewood House commission in Yorkshire, a 2- part site – specific installation celebrating Thomas Chippendale’s 300th anniversary: Their Most Obedient Servant opened March 23rd and her Terrace Gallery installation Root and Branch ran till September 2nd 2018, and her installation for the 18th century Courtyard Family Tree runs till November 4th 2018. Entry costs apply. Please see the Harewood House website for details. Geraldine was interviewed about this work on BBC Radio 4's Front Row on April 24th 2018. There is a Listen Again segment for the episode of Front Row which can be reached by clicking on this link.
Geraldine was commissioned by Folkestone Quarterhouse to design Sleep Over. The installation was part of Normal? Festival of the Brain on May 12th, 2018. 15 people looked up at the stars during an overnight stay in Folkestone Quarterhouse theatre.
Additionally, Geraldine has created, and is leading the MA Site- Specific Theatre Practice for Mountview in partnership with Shoreditch Town Hall - commencing January 2019. Please do share this information if you know of anyone who might be interested in applying. www.mountview.org.uk