A collaboration between artists Richard and Amanda Johnson, Kevin Edward Turner and Maddie Shimwell of Company Chameleon Dance in celebration of Buxton Museum’s 125th year. Funded by Arts Council England and filmed in Ilam park, Staffordshire by Ben Williams. You can watch a performance of the dance piece, inspired by the stories of recent refugees to Derbyshire here: https://vimeo.com/kidologyarts/mysistersscarf
The work draws parallels between the story of the people who first migrated to Britain and migrants who have come here recently. Migration is not something that has happened to the UK in the last 50 years but something that has been essential to its growth for millennia.
The dance is performed by Maddie Shimwell, choreographed by Kevin Edward Turner, with music by composer Amanda Johnson, scarf designed by Richard Johnson. Funded by Arts Council England in celebration of Buxton Museum’s 125th year and filmed at Ilam park in Staffordshire by Ben Williams, with kind permission from the National Trust. Withe special thanks to Ruth, Janet and all the inspirational people we had the pleasure of meeting at the Derby Refugee Advice Centre. Thank you for sharing your stories. You are the true inspiration behind this film.
To enable us to hear first hand accounts of the perilous journeys that migrants make and the impossible choices they have to make we worked with recent immigrants to the UK at Derby Refugee and Asylum Centre. For all of these people, there have been difficult choices along the way and the question of what items to bring with them is often irrelevant. In the face of danger, possessions are not important, only your children. Items that people do manage to grab and bring along are often stolen from them en route so that they arrive with no documents, no passport, nothing. The lucky ones arrive with their family still alive and still together.Buxton Museum’s collection is made up of objects that have been chosen. Someone, at some point in time has deemed them to be special, worthy of keeping. One of those objects is the Hopton Hand Axe.
Around 350,000 years ago it was lost by its owner – a migrant, probably following herds of deer North having crossed the land bridge that once connected the UK to the rest of Europe. The owner of the axe would have chosen it as an essential object and its loss would have had serious practical consequences.