Anthem

14 November - 9 December 2009

A Project by Beth Derbyshire with collaboration from Ulrike Haage

In the Eden Project's Mediterranean Biome
Opening the Winter Season of the Cape Farewell | Eden collaboration

"Our relationship to landscape and nature has always been explored through the Arts. Today, as many systems change around us, be those physical, social or political, we need more than ever to understand our connection to each other and to the environment. This work continues the long, borderless human tradition of setting voice in landscape, whilst using the media of its time."
Beth Derbyshire

Première - Saturday 14 November

The Eden Project and Cape Farewell present the premiere of Beth Derbyshire's live performance and film work, Anthem, with music by acclaimed composer Ulrike Haage. Presented in the Mediterranean Biome at the Eden Project, Anthem is a trilogy of films with a powerful choral component. The work explores notions of land, place and nation.

Anthem assembles ideas around nationality, identity and language using the symbols of landscape and song to explore our cultural relationship to landscape. Song and landscape have long been associated with expressions on nation. Anthem borrows from sources such as national Anthems, ancient land names and etymology. Anthem captures strata's from wide ranging cultural and natural settings, to explore the connections between people and landscape through balancing components of voice, music, word and image.

Performances - 6.30 and 8.30pm
Featuring early music ensemble, Stile Antico

In Conversation – 7.30 to 8.15pm
Beth Derbyshire in conversation with Ulrike Haage and Dr. James Ryan, Associate Professor of Historical and Cultural Geography, Exeter University - all welcome.

Exhibition Continues

15 November – 9 December 2009

Anthem will continue to be screened with music, but without live performance, from Sunday 15 November to Wednesday 9 December.

About Anthem

A project by Beth Derbyshire with collaboration from Ulrike Haage

Filmed and edited by Beth Derbyshire
Music by Ulrike Haage
Libretto by Derbyshire/Haage
Produced by Beth Derbyshire, Cape Farewell, Eden Project and Eric Franck

Anthem is a project that has been made possible by a number of partners. Beth Derbyshire would like to thank the following major partners: Eric Franck, Arts Council England, Eden Project and Cape Farewell. Also, Tate Britain & AHRC, Lichfield Festival, The Rooms, Alexandra and Hope Thompson, FACT and the University of Central England.

Anthem was shot in the Arctic, Newfoundland and the UK. Beth captured footage in the Arctic during the Cape Farewell research expedition of 2007. Sailing with a crew of 20 from the west coast of Spitsbergen across the Greenland Sea towards the east coast of Greenland, Beth met force nine storms and icy seas. Under difficult circumstances and without missing a single sailing shift, Beth captured footage of extraordinary beauty: the ice locked mouth to Scoresby Sund; shelves of polar ice and fields of glacial ice.

Read more about the background and story of Anthem in Beth Derbyshire's artist notes.
The Story of Anthem ›

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Beth Derbyshire, 2007

“Migration due to climate change has already begun and will continue to accelerate. I conclude my exploration into ideas of nation in the Arctic, a place without borders, a kind of no man’s land - or is it? As I film this sublime place, I realise that I am shooting a kind of ad. The Arctic has become a product, an increasingly contested site.”

Anthem, Beth Derbyshire, 2009 (still)
Anthem, Beth Derbyshire, 2009 (still)
Anthem, Beth Derbyshire, 2009 (Eden Project installation shot)
Image of a deaf choir performing, Beth Derbyshire, 2009
Ulrike Haages working score for Anthem, Ulrike Haage, 2009
Scottish Coast, Beth Derbyshire, 2009
Ulrike Haages working score for Anthem, Ulrike Haage, 2009
Beth Derbyshires working notes for Anthem, Beth Derbyshire, 2009
Shepherd on Scottish border, Beth Derbyshire, 2009
Green Point, Newfoundland, Beth Derbyshire, 2009
The Table Lands, Newfoundland, Beth Derbyshire, 2009
Newfoundland Sky, Beth Derbyshire, 2009
Newfoundland River Current, Beth Derbyshire, 2009
Unartertaqarteq Bay, Greenland, Beth Derbyshire, 2009
Spit of land at Unartertaqarteq Bay, Greenland, Beth Derbyshire, 2009
Scottish English Border, Beth Derbyshire, 2009
Welsh Border, Beth Derbyshire, 2009
Holy Island, Scotland, Beth Derbyshire, 2009 (last shot of the Anthem trilogy)

Anthem by Beth Derbyshire,
installed in the Eden Project's Mediterranean Biome