Jazz Saxophone: Alexandra Grimal
Directed by Abbi Patrix
Peredur is a new work developed by Beyond the Border, combining story, music, theatre and improvisation to create a ground-breaking new piece of tri-lingual performance storytelling.
Sometime in the twelfth or thirteenth century professional court poets from Wales and France got together and the first stage of an international professional storytelling exchange took place – a meeting of minds that yielded ‘Peredur fab Efrog’ (from Welsh epic the Mabinogion) on one side and ‘Perceval Le Gallois’ (to be found in Chrétien de Troyes’s 12th century Arthurian romance ‘Perceval, the Story of the Grail’) on the other. The themes of this collaboration spread throughout Europe – King Arthur, the Holy Grail, the Fisher King and the code of chivalry and echoed down to the German Romantic revival with the Parsifal of Goethe and Wagner.
Peredur features Michael Harvey, Marien Tillet, a leading contemporary French storyteller and Alexandra Grimal, French jazz saxophone phenomenon who counts the National Jazz Orchestra of France amongst her bands. The show is under the directorship of Abbi Patrix and takes storytelling into places it has not been before.
There have been showings of the work-in-progress at Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival in July 2014, at La Maison du Conte in Paris in September 2014.
The first full performance of the work took place at La Maison du Conte on 29 November 2014.
Beyond the Border is grateful to the Arts Council of Wales and La Maison du Conte for their support.