This second stage of the Resting Place project was performed on Saturday, 10 May 2014 at Ramsgate Station, Kent, on a Southern Train, and at Charing Cross Station, London.
Watch the Video of the performance here.
Resting Place is a series of performance events and installations based on the archive of Clarice Alberta Spratling, following the journey which her diary describes through her time as VAD nurse in WWI. Find out full details about the many layers of the project here: www.restingplace.eu
By leaving Ramsgate and taking the train to Charing Cross Station, the performance and its — often accidental, or incidental — audience traced the first stage of Clarice Spratling’s journey into war. The train journey was accompanied by a live sound installation working with the usually inaudible electromagnetic sounds of the train. The final performance of the day took place on the concourse of Charing Cross station.
Resting Place at Charing Cross Station: On the Performance
VAD nurse Clarice Spratling spent her last night before leaving for France at the Charing Cross Hotel, in Charing Cross station. The performance is placed at the central, balancing point of the station. The stillness at the centre of the concourse heightens the awareness of the movement that surrounds it, and invites the eye to roam the space, to notice with fresh eyes the station itself, and the windows of the Charing Cross Hotel which still face onto the concourse. This space is filled with the ghosts of journeys past, constantly growing in number, including Clarice’s journey in 1915, and your own journey today. Using the folding of pillowcases as a starting point, the movement explores the way in which domestic actions would soon become the routine of the war effort. The everyday starts to disintegrate, and sleep is already troubled by a hint of the nightmares to come. Pillowcases, laid out on earth from Clarice’s ancestral home, speak of her own final night on home soil, and of the many whom she will help lay to rest across the channel.