After our plans for a December performance featuring local performers had to be cancelled, we wanted to make something for audiences to enjoy at home, while giving support to these artists and allowing them to reflect through their art.

Here is our response to a year of cancellations, limitations, narrowing of our daily lives, and uncertainty. Through music, spoken word and dance, we explore feelings of loss, fear, grief, uncertainty and the stirrings of hope to reflect the tumultuous months we have all been through, and the beginnings of hope as we move into a new year with the vaccine already being administered.

As the concert we had planned was a Christmas one, we picked O Come O Come Emmanuel as the basis for the project. The melancholic but hopeful air suited the mood after the second lockdown was announced alongside the vaccines starting to be rolled out. There are six verses, reflecting different stages throughout 2020 in both the music and the dance. Starting with stillness and restriction, Verse 1 was based on the sensation of being locked down, with limited freedom and movement. Verse 2 gains a little momentum, starting to come to terms with the situation and build strength, flowing into Verse 3 with efforts to lift and mirror the community building from home, from clapping for carers to efforts across the country of people learning new skills at home, baking and sewing and trying to find ways to live creatively. Verse 4 introduces the spoken word reflection, with stillness as we reflect on the year. Grounding down into nature gives support and reinvigorates into Verses 5 and 6. We picked up the pace to show the struggle of picking oneself up again and again. It's messy and hard, but even being knocked down doesn't stop the fight to get up and move with increased freedom and determination.

Filmed on the beautiful Seven Sisters cliffs in Sussex and featuring Sussex musicians, here is a Boco's take on 2020.

Huge thanks to the wonderful creative team that were involved to make this come to light. Please do read a little about them and click on the links to see more of their work below:

Creative team

Handpan - Rosie Bergonzi

@santanboi.uk

Cello - Sarah Davison

@curiousgcocktails

Viola - Julia Palmer

@bocoarts


Vocals - Millie Carden

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Spoken Word - Lotte Sea

@longmanbrewery

Dance - Jess Todd

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Video - Sam Walton

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Audio - Finn Smythe

@smythe.xyz

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