Elegy for the Arctic – Leilani Holmes-Skrill
Dansers: Hinako Yukimoto, Hiroki Inokuchi
The earth has music for those who listen.
– George Santayana
Inspiration for this work bloomed from Ludovico Einaudi’s evocative and emotional piece of music ‘Elegy for the Arctic’, which he performed on a floating platform in the Arctic Ocean, surrounded by falling glaciers and feral winds.
This piece is a physical and visual ode to the Arctic, which is slowly dying. Therefore, I aimed to capture a celebration of reminiscent beauty with an underlying sense of loss. Where words fail, I have used movement to depict our interconnected and yet destructive relationship with our surroundings, and the inevitability of mortality for both us and our planet.