Referring to the ghostly grey feathers of the male Harrier and the absence this year of nesting pairs in the Trough of Bowland, Ghost Bird celebrates the beauty of the Hen Harrier and draws attention to their sometimes fragile existence within the North of England. In doing so, the work also becomes a means of reflecting on the journey taken 400 years ago over the Bowland Fells to Lancaster Castle by the Pendle Witches.

Ghost Bird is the latest project by the internationally-celebrated artist Louise Ann Wilson, known most recently for the walking performances Jack Scout (2010) and Fissure (2011). In this new small scale piece, installations and acts of live performance combine to create a unique walking experience set within a stunning upland landscape.

Ghost Bird is created and directed by Louise Ann Wilson with choreography by Nigel Stewart of Sap Dance; is performed by dance artist Julia Griffin and a team of life-models.

"A mesmerising 90 minutes [...] a visually-stunning and emotionally-charged experience that will have left images seared on the minds of those fortunate enough to have been there.”
David Upton, Lancaster Guardian on Jack Scout (2010)

Ghost Bird covers a 7 mile route, with installations sited at the top end of the valley. Your walk is unguided and you can set out between the hours of 11am and 3pm on 15 and 16 of September 2012. Audiences should dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear.

Ghost Bird is free, but in order to attend visitors must register by email. Numbers are limited and further information about the piece will be sent out in advance.

To register, email, including the size of your party, individual names and email addresses, and any specialist needs. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Ghost Bird is commissioned by Green Close as part of the Lancashire Witches 400 Programme,
co-commissioned by Live at LICA and produced by the Louise Ann Wilson Company Ltd. It has been made with the support of land-owners United Utilities Estates and their tenants, the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and Hen Harrier experts from the RSPB.

Graphic design: Morph. Photos: Darren Andrews and Louise Ann Wilson.

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