The teine èiginn or need fire was lit as part of a protective ritual, enacted during times of illness amongst people and/or livestock. It is recorded as having still been in use in remote communities in the Scottish Highlands up until the end of the nineteenth century. It represents a continuity of ritual practice stretching back to the peoples who first inhabited these isles. My performance is a gesture towards that continuity.
teine èiginn is a collaboration with sound artist Nichola Scrutton. It made its first public appearance at the 2015 Hidden Door Festival. For the festival I worked with students from Fife College’s Diploma in Physical Theatre Practice.
I’m grateful to Lorna Simpson who made this short film: