Editors' note: Fissure was one of three productions shortlisted for the Performance Design Award at the World Stage Design exhibition and conference in Cardiff in September 2013. For the exhibition, 100 artists were selected out of 600 entries from across 52 countries.
Louise Ann Wilson's site-specific work Fissure is a durational performance event, a participatory pilgrimage through the landscape of the Yorkshire Dales over three days, two nights and a 16 kilometre walk.
Wilson is collaborating with the composer Jocelyn Pook, poet Elizabeth Burns, choreographer Nigel Stewart, along with neuroscientists, geologists, dancers, choirs and cavers.
Neuroscientists often use the same language as geologists when talking about brain disorders, of 'caverns' of 'fluid pathways' and 'fields'.
Fissure is Wilson's reponse to the death ten years ago of her younger sister from a brain tumour, and takes its title both from the landscape, with its deep crevice-like scars, and from this experience.
The performance creates a new 'myth' about life, death, grief, resilience and renewal. Fissure took place over 20 - 22 May 2011.
Lynn Gardner previews Fissure in the Guardian.
photo: Simon Webb