“What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.” St Augustine
What if time did not really pass or flow? If there was no real difference between past and future? If ‘now’ were just a matter of where you happen to be, just like ‘here’? How can we square our day-to-day experience of time with these incredible claims made by leading physicists?
Imagine asking these questions of a theatre company like us?!
Which is just what a team from Queens University and Warwick University have done. And, could we devise a theatre piece about time? Sure. When? It’s all relative.
What we can tell you is that it’s been a very interesting journey. During which several heads have melted, Nicky Harley has come up with temporal theories that haven’t yet been discovered and there’s been development days that we’re not sure ever happened, or whether they happened in the future.
The theories are thorny, otherworldly and question our very perceptions of what is real, and what is here and now. And we like that. It’s been a mental and creative challenge.
We’ve been helped along the way by the technical wizard that is John Sears http://johnsear.com/ who likes games, tech, collaboration and shared spaces. Right up our street. We invited him over to Portstewart where he frequented the Anchor and marvelled at our technical savvy. (Not really..)
And we’re not alone. For the commissioned performances, theatre, dance, psychology, and philosophy combine forces to grapple with the puzzle of time, introduced by experts Professor Christoph Hoerl (University of Warwick) and Professor Teresa McCormack (Queen’s University Belfast). In three evenings of ‘time based art’ performances, artists from Belfast’s BBeyond http://bbeyond.live/ Performance Art, and Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company (Derry-Londonderry) http://www.echoechodance.com/ and ourselves explore what it means to exist and do things in a time-bound world.
Where and When?
Friday 8th and Saturday 9th February 7.45pm – Warwick University, Coventry
Tuesday 12th February 7pm – The Black Box, Belfast
Saturday 16th Feb 8pm – Echo Echo Studios, Magazine Street, Derry-Londonderry BT48 6HH
The ‘Time: Between Metaphysics and Psychology’ project is supported through funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.