On the Circulation of Blood
Commissioned for Creative Folkestone Triennial 2021
Sam Belinfante has collaborated with St. Peter’s School and numbers of artists and
composers to create a mobile sculptural performance On the Circulation of Blood, a reference to William Harvey’s key medical textbook of 1648 De Motu Cordis.
On the Circulation of Blood takes shape as a dramatic, outdoor installation constructed from specially adapted theatrical apparatuses, bespoke fabric netting and a lighting and audio system. The structure – to be found in two different locations at different times - becomes the site for public performances, amassing an ensemble of professional and amateur musicians. Performers will sing duets, whilst processing and carrying poles, lights and netting from one place to another, referencing some of the unusual physical interconnections across the town.
Throughout the Triennial exhibition, fragments of specially composed music can be heard as a part of the installation and at sunset the sounds will be replaced by visual pulsation in the form of glowing theatrical orbs.
The work is in part inspired by the local community of St Peter’s School where the playground is adjacent to an open area set aside for the repair and dying of fishing nets.
Underpinning the work is a series of six newly commissioned pieces by Sarah Dacey, Neil Luck, Elaine Mitchener, Ben Oliver, Bernhard Schimpelsberger and Josephine Stephenson.
22 July – 13 August 2021, The Old Drying Grounds, The Durlocks
16 August – 2 November, Amphitheatre, Lower Leas.
Performances will begin with a short procession (less than 500m) before culminating at the advertised site. Volunteers will be on hand to guide you to and from the performance sites, some audience members may wish to skip the procession and be in position for the main performance approximately 15 minutes after the advertised time. After sunset the performances will be illuminated and accompanied by a choreographed lighting display.
- Wednesday 21 July: 3pm, 5pm, 9pm*
Processing from The Stade, Folkestone Harbour.
Performance at The Old Drying Grounds, The Durlocks.
- September performance – details to be announced.
- Saturday 16 October: 3pm, 6pm*, 8pm*
Processing from William Harvey Memorial Statue, The Leas.
Performance at Amphitheatre, Lower Leas.
*Performances after sunset with lighting display
Sam Belinfante, On the Circulation of Blood, commissioned for Creative Folkestone Triennial 2021. Photo by Thierry Bal
Film by Oliver Parkin. Drone footage by Tom Bishop Photography