Great Dixter House and Garden in Northiam is a beautiful sight to see at this, or any other, time of year. From August 18 to September 5 it is also playing host to another set of Dancing Flowers, as the Great Barn hosts a site specific photo installation, by Irina Brook, with sound by Proz, is an award winning director, currently working on an international multimedia installation premiering in Palermo this September.
The installation is based on Brook’s personal creative response to what she herself describes as “stepping through a wooden gate into a shimmering meadow of snake head fritillaries and tiny narcissi” and takes you through the wide spaces of the darkened Great Barn at Dixter, into displays of a variety of flower photographs in both colour and black and white, and on into her magical creative world, linking the spirit of place with video and static viewpoints of the “wild and wonderful display of flowers and plants” Brook experienced on visiting the garden. The Great Barn has an atmosphere all its own and is an exciting setting for a creative installation.
Brook (whose father is Peter Brook the widely renowned director) is an award winning theatre and opera director and in 2017 was awarded the Chevalier dans l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur. This installation is the result of a new outlet for what Andrew Moran, photographer and visiting lecturer at Kingston University, has described as “her creative sensibilities”
Do go and see this exciting approach to the use of the spaces at Great Dixter and the skill of “a witness attempting to capture a fleeting moment in that tiny, perfect life” – Irina Brook
For opening times, go to the Great Dixter website. Due to the low lighting, it was not possible to take photographs of the installation itself.
Image Credits: Gillian Roder .