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SAVINDER BUAL

THE PINEAPPLE PROJECT

Commissioned by Colston Hall & Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Full performance video

2 minute video

Rehearsal 1


'Bristol's slavery past has never before been confronted quite like this' Martin Booth, Bristol 24/7


From 2016-2018 I designed a series of 10 bow activated instruments with the help of luthiers in Ecuador. When each instrument is played a pineapple top spins and its leaves pluck the strings to create sound.

The Pineapple Project brought people from all over Bristol together to play the instruments. The 16 piece community orchestra co-created music with a composer over a 2 month period. This culminated in a performance at Colston Hall in November. Some of the players had never played an instrument before.

Colston Hall is going through a contentious name change, by disassociating themselves from Edward Colston and opening with a new name in 2020. Although Colston did great things for the city he was a noted slave trader. The instruments intended to form a playful and disarming entry point into discussions around this matter and about inclusion in our current society in general. The project draws a parallel with the name change and the history of the pineapple. Taking into account the pineapple's dark colonial past alongside a more positive contemporary view of the fruit to explore how we can create inclusive narratives in today’s society, whilst acknowledging history.





CREDITS:

COMPOSER

Rowan Bishop

DESIGNER

Elena Blanco

PLAYERS

Susan Scarborough, Liam Joseph Beckles, Rob Boardman, Jan Davies, Grace Ekall, Ruth Fehilly, Andrew Fudge, Adam Hedley, Cassandra Imandy, Alain Rouamba, Rowan Shaw, Richard Stockley, Martin Urmson, Steve Watson, Mamadou Keita.

LUTHIERS

Adolfo Cabrera, German Arguello, Santiago Auquilla & Cesar Arteaga

SOUND ENGINEER

Colin Pegum

With special thanks to Shashank Satish who sparked the idea for this project when I saw him spin a pineapple top in India.





Pineapple Work 1 (series of 10), Wood, gourd, strings & pineapple top, 86cm x 85cm x 22cm, 2018