Alchemy / Schmalchemy are Walt, Gillian Whiteley and Geoff Bright. Gillian and Geoff are highly experienced performance artists and musicians with a wealth of past projects. Visit Gillian's website: www.bricolagekitchen.com
Geoff Bright and Gillian Whiteley write ..
'Alchemy/Schmalchemy conjures a disruptive oscillatory space of mischief, a laboratory of possibility. It plays with the idea of alchemy as transformation of value and parodies magic, authenticity and artifice as its unconscious fabrications. Becoming intense, becoming animal, becoming imperceptible, becoming charlatan, becoming shaman, becoming sham…'
'Breath, bellows, sound, moving air, awakes us from sleep. We search for the spark, the dream, the elixir. The spark of light is always there. We orbit, we sing, we dance, we play, we experiment, we collude in our joy of the search. Alchemical processes move through a series of cryptic levels. The intense yearning, the craving, the striving, MUST lead to transmutation, to a final sublimation.'
So far there have been 4 iterations of 'Alchemy / Schmalchemy'.
Each performance is different.
Two have been in Sheffield and two in Bradford.
For me my early career in Science always provided an intellectual satisfaction and at its best a sense of genuine awe. This manifested itself in a thirst for enquiry and further understanding. The creativity of my work as a musician and artist allowed for an element not found in the scientific arena, that of a sense of magic, something truly transformative.
So when I met Geoff and Gillian and began the 'Alchemy / Schmalchemy' project, an exciting fusion became possible.