Dedicated to all those who 'dance a little differently'
The Fallen Angel's Journey:
When Vesper Walk the band first began, like many new music acts, we started playing open mike nights and quickly progressed to full blown gigs. Although writing and performing our own music was great fun we still felt there was something missing. The characters in our songs were demanding to have more of their tales told.
'Auntie Sarah' was the first song from this collection to be written. As well as drawing on pop and classical music influences, we've always enjoyed incorporating folk rhyme and melody into our sound. Here the lyrics are based on a Scottish nursery rhyme called 'Murder in the Chip Shop'.
Perhaps it was a shot hop then from folk melody and rhyme to the genre of the Folk Tale, which presented its own abundance of artistic possibilities. It enabled us, for example, to explore, with a 21st century perspective, the ancient questions about identity and transformation. When Auntie Sarah values herself on her skills and beauty or is persuaded to see her ageing self as ugly, she experiences distortions deeply embedded in our contemporary culture.
Free from the boundaries of realism we were also able to draw attention directly to the redeeming aspects of our world, the magic inherent and pervasive in every day life, particularly in music and in love.
The title 'Fallen Angel' describes Sarah's destructive attempt at achieving eternal youth, but we also ask the question, what would happen if we were less reverent towards our culture's intractable standards of physical beauty. How would our lives be different if we weren't obedient 'angels', manipulated by the domineering cosmetic companies that help create and then exploit our insecurities?
Since the music came first, composing the tale meant divining the action that preceded and followed each song. Gradually, one coherent story started to materialise. The Fallen Angel Show was performed at The Edinburgh Fringe 2015 and various other venues since then.
Here, we are proud to present the film version of the show, which mixes live performance (filmed at Bedern Hall, York) with theatre, narration and movement.