Salt is a four-letter word
Salt is a four-letter word is an ongoing archival journey looking to create a contemporary folk culture, but using the same means that folk has always traditionally used in Scotland/Ireland - social occasions, church, geography, mysticism and emigration.
It is looking to take the social aspects of singing and dancing to re-find the 'reasoning' for why the songs and dances were created in the first place. It is an umbrella project, a journey, through which Rob Heaslip is collaborating to rediscover and reillustrate folk culture in the people of today.
Salt is a four-letter word will evolve to create a context for Folk Theatre within Contemporary Performance. Salt, with its universality, is the medium through which this will be accomplished. Rob is looking to make work about salt because of an interest in how something so BASIC can transcend cultures and define societies.
A priority of this project is the use of Irish and Gaelic as the working languages of the project, interspersed through English. The aim is to encourage those who are non-native speakers to use the language more so that the language can gain more ground in the Irish and Scottish Artistic Sectors.
Choreographer | Rob Heaslip
Composer | Ross Whyte
Dramaturg | Brigid McCarthy
Designer | Aaron Jeffrey
Vocalist | Alasdair Whyte
Folk Theatre Artist | Joanne Barry (Courtesy of Siamsa Tíre, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland