FÌOR THUATH: ABSOLUTE NORTH

Thu 26 October

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Faces of the North: Ragnar Axelsson

3 events – 1 ticket 

6.30pm: Iceland

A rare film of Icelandic life in the early 20th Century depicting modernity encroaching on traditional life. (Silent, 1925 with live piano accompaniment by Jessica Danz.)

Jessica Danz is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser. Known for her finely crafted, haunting songwriting, she writes and performs solo material for combinations of voice, violin and piano, as well as creating larger-scale ensemble works and live scores for theatre, dance and silent film.

 

7pm: The Last Days of the Arctic

Ragnar Axelsson.  Lushly austere, powerful images of Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands document vanishing lifestyles as Axelsson (Rax) looks back upon the foundation of his photographic passion and career.

Raised on an isolated farm in southern Iceland, Rax became captivated by the brutal beauty of the North Atlantic, its inhabitants and their environment.  Faces of the North, established him as one of the leading documentary photographers of our time.

 

8.30pm: The Seabird’s Cry 

From one of the very greatest nature writers we explore the pattern of seabirds’ lives, their habitats, the threats they face and the passions they inspire.

Adam Nicolson is a prize-winning writer of many books on history, nature and the countryside including The Sea Room, God’s Secretaries and the acclaimed The Mighty Dead. He has written and presented many television series and is the proprietor and custodian of the Shiant Islands.