Laurence Payot is a french born, Liverpool based artist. She creates subtle yet challenging works in the public realm, short-circuiting our everyday routine to spark new ways of perceiving the world around us.
For We Are Now we invited the people of Dunstable to dance with the wind, become part of a collective performance, and create the folklore of tomorrow.
During 2013 Dunstablians collaborated with Laurence and a team of creative people from in and outside of the town. They defined what is important and meaningful for us in Dunstable today, and invented a new legend for the future. They imagined hundreds of people gathering on the Dunstable Downs to celebrate this beautiful landscape and what brings it to life: the wind.
This new tradition first took place in September 2013. Over a thousand people gathered on the downs in gale force winds, having spent all summer ‘charming the wind’ in the town below. Costumes were worn, people sang and danced, before attaching their windy hopes and memories to a spectacular giant shining kite.
This short film, shot by filmmaker Tim Brunsden, tells the story of how the legend was built:
To make all this happen we worked with Dunstable Library, Dunstable Markets, Priory House Heritage and Tourist Information Centre, the Salvation Army, Queensbury Upper and Watling Lower schools, the Flying Squad, Highwaymen Kites, and many more.
Special thanks go to the National Trust at Dunstable Downs and Dunstable Town Council. The project is supported by The Chilterns Conservation Board.