Lullabies – R&D

As dusk falls across the skies and the birds sing their evensong, voices sing gently to loved ones behind closed curtains. Multiple voices and languages paint lullaby landscapes of motherlands; stories of family, journeys, warnings and of home.

Created during Roxana Vilk’s ‘Ignite’ residency at Trinity, ‘Lullabies’ is a multi-disciplinary work in progress that is built around the lullabies gathered from the communities and cultures who call Bristol home. A tapestry of story, sound and projections, ‘Lullabies’ lifts the veil from the intimate moments of bedtime routine, exploring the intangible threads that connect us.

“Sharing lullabies is deep and private because you end up talking about your past, your motherhood, your mothering and your mother.  I am usually cautious about sharing private things but I think it’s useful to share our experiences because it’s nice to hear other peoples’ stories. It is a kind of trust, I trust you and I trust British people and I am sharing my story so that others hear it ” Taban Othman, Project Participant

We hope to develop ‘Lullabies’ to take into neighbourhoods and festivals as a Lullaby Rickshaw for 2020.

Further information and project blog:

Lullabies Team: Artistic Director – Roxana Vilk, Producer – Katy Noakes, Dramaturg – Edson Burton, Sound Design – Peter Vilk, Production Design – Ruth Ramsay, Visuals – Tom Newell.

Lullabies R&D is funded by Arts Council England and Trinity Centre Bristol.