Yskynna's Bligh Spirit
Those craving the cultural highs, currently denied to them because of the lockdown surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, can now experience the magic of one of the UK’s most exciting vertical dance companies on YouTube from the comfort of their home. Several chapters of the work of Cornish-based Yskynna’s daring work will be released online over the next six months in an ongoing programme of special digital, bite-size dance and storytelling events.
The first to be released on June 3rd is the quite literally moving and sky-high performance of ‘Bligh Spirit’, developed in response to the popular exhibition ‘Captain Bligh: Myth, Man and Mutiny’ at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, Cornwall. Originally created to occur whilst scaling the 26m high ‘lighthouse or observation deck’ of the Museum’s Lookout Tower, in 2017, this epic performance is a hybrid of song, poetry, sea shanties and awe-inspiring dance inspired by the life of Captain Bligh.
Vice-Admiral William Bligh was an officer of the Royal Navy and a colonial administrator. The Mutiny on the Bounty occurred during his command of HMS Bounty in 1789. After being set adrift in Bounty’s launch by the mutineers, Bligh and his loyal men all reached Timor alive, after a journey of 3,618 nautical miles.
Their journey has been described as one of the greatest small-boat survival voyages ever, a triumph of endurance, navigation and leadership against extraordinary odds. ‘Bligh Spirit’ recreates the arduous journey at all levels, with vertical dancers facing out to sea, descending on thin ropes suspended far above the choppy waters beneath, echoing the element of risk and struggle faced daily at sea by Captain Bligh and his crew in 1789.