Portland butterflies herald Olympic sailing

Lorna Rees

Lorna Rees

First published in News

THOUSANDS of silver studded blue butterflies unique to Portland will be playing a key role in a dramatic performance to herald the Olympic sailing events.

A total of 2,692 butterflies – the number representing each child on the island – will be handmade by youth and community groups for the Battle for the Winds grand finale.

Battle for the Winds is a huge theatrical project that tells the story of a fight to regain the seven winds of the south west from the evil Doldrum in time to release for the Olympic sailing events.

It aims to reach an audience of 530,000 through 40 events across the South West region from April to July.

The event’s grand finale will take place in Weymouth and Portland over three days from July 26 to 28.

Battle on Weymouth Beach will commence with huge pieces of equipment being used by the evil Doldrum to capture the wind.

The next day will be on Portland with a performance at the High Angle Battery where the butterflies play a key role in Doldrum’s Lair.

The performance will feature Doldrum in eerie quarry tunnels where he has imprisoned winds and trapped the voice and breath of youth.

Organisers have been busy recording people’s memories of the battery, known as ‘The Ghost Tunnels’ to put into listening pods placed around the site.

Lorna Rees, creative producer from Activate Performing Arts said: “Portland is such a special community and place. It’s an outpost of a place and has a character that’s all its own and it inspired me so much going to the High Angle Battery – it’s such an evocative and amazing place.

“It’s one of the best-preserved in the country.”

She added: “We are hoping as many people will get involved as possible and use as many creative ways of making the butterflies as possible.

“I’m desperate for people to use their creative muscles and make what they think using paper, acetate, even old crisp packets.

“It’s about getting people’s creative muscles going.”

The first butterfly-making workshop will be on Saturday, May 26 at the Portland Fair.

Butterflies must be under three inches, blue edged with black and then a white outline that can be attached to floristry wire.

Battle for the Winds is part of the 80 or so projects that make up the Maritime Mix, the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the Sea.

Opportunities are also available for people to act as ‘Fire Torch Waders’ and carry lit torches from Weymouth Beach into the sea during the final battle on the evening of July 28.

Vist battleforthewinds.com or maritimemix2012.com

Grand finale

• Thursday, July 26, Weymouth Beach – The Gathering and Ceremony of the Winds: Throughout the day, the seven wind-gathering teams and their vessels arrive in Weymouth and Portland to present their winds to Aeolus, the ruler of the winds.

On the beach, the winds battle it out in a spectacular performance involving hundreds of artists that takes place on land and in the air.

• Friday, July 27, High Angle Batteries, Portland – The Search for Doldrum’s Lair: Come if you dare! A 20-minute dance performance and multimedia installation among Portland quarries and an abandoned Napoleonic fort explores the myth of Doldrum.

• Saturday July 28, Weymouth Beach – The Final Battle: Disabled and non-disabled performers will tell the story of Doldrum’s defeat by ‘the Breathers’ in a stunning outdoor performance.

The Battle for the Winds ensemble will join the Breathe Company in a final dramatic celebration of the release of the winds, including a massed squibbing – firework holders – performance, fire torches in the sea, performances on stage and in the air, video projections and pyrotechnics.

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12:10pm Tue 3 Apr 12

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Wotta loada cr*p!
Wotta loada cr*p! IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
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12:40pm Tue 3 Apr 12

jmc1 says...

Why can't we make comments on the underwear theft.Now that is a story,err I think maybe or maybe not
Why can't we make comments on the underwear theft.Now that is a story,err I think maybe or maybe not jmc1
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1:35pm Tue 3 Apr 12

Hedgehogspring says...

I've read this story twice and I still cant work out what the hell its about ?
Butterflies fighting to gain control of evil winds in time for the Olympics...or something like that. The Olympics is certainly bringing generating a bigger amount of sh*te than I have ever seen before....
I've read this story twice and I still cant work out what the hell its about ? Butterflies fighting to gain control of evil winds in time for the Olympics...or something like that. The Olympics is certainly bringing generating a bigger amount of sh*te than I have ever seen before.... Hedgehogspring
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1:44pm Tue 3 Apr 12

Hedgehogspring says...

So...having read it again, if I go to the beach to watch the grand finale, what will I see ? A load of crisp packets attached to wire and some old peoples memories on an ipod. Is that right ?
So...having read it again, if I go to the beach to watch the grand finale, what will I see ? A load of crisp packets attached to wire and some old peoples memories on an ipod. Is that right ? Hedgehogspring
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2:07pm Tue 3 Apr 12

Sally1 says...

Hedgehogspring (nice name by the way) - you probably won't see anything because you won't go and so don't let it worry you, those of us who enjoy using our imagination - that means it won't all be spelled out for us, will probably enjoy it.
Hedgehogspring (nice name by the way) - you probably won't see anything because you won't go and so don't let it worry you, those of us who enjoy using our imagination - that means it won't all be spelled out for us, will probably enjoy it. Sally1
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2:11pm Tue 3 Apr 12

jmc1 says...

Doldrums; a dull, listless, depressed mood; low spirits. Having read this non story, instead of prancing about on a beach,I will now have to go and see my psychiatrist.
Doldrums; a dull, listless, depressed mood; low spirits. Having read this non story, instead of prancing about on a beach,I will now have to go and see my psychiatrist. jmc1
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4:24pm Tue 3 Apr 12

BattleForTheWinds says...

On Weymouth Beach on 28th July you will see a spectacular, celebratory show featuring over 150 circus, street theatre and dance artists from all over the South West and beyond, with video projections, pyrotechnics and some surprising special effects. 'Breathe' company are part of the show - a breathtaking performance where people who cannot walk will fly, wheelchairs will float, those without voices will speak and all will soar high above Weymouth.

At the end of the show you will see, for the first time outside Bridgwater, a display of 220 Squibbers, presented by Bridgwater Carnival. You will then be able to join us in a mass wade into the sea with Fire Torches. 650 people are already signed up to join in - sign up here - http://firewaders201
2.eventbrite.co.uk/
On Weymouth Beach on 28th July you will see a spectacular, celebratory show featuring over 150 circus, street theatre and dance artists from all over the South West and beyond, with video projections, pyrotechnics and some surprising special effects. 'Breathe' company are part of the show - a breathtaking performance where people who cannot walk will fly, wheelchairs will float, those without voices will speak and all will soar high above Weymouth. At the end of the show you will see, for the first time outside Bridgwater, a display of 220 Squibbers, presented by Bridgwater Carnival. You will then be able to join us in a mass wade into the sea with Fire Torches. 650 people are already signed up to join in - sign up here - http://firewaders201 2.eventbrite.co.uk/ BattleForTheWinds
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5:20pm Tue 3 Apr 12

izzyarch says...

I for one can't wait to see these events. Thousands of locals involved too. It will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for this Borough, let's show the world what a fantastic place this is to live. I've always thought the High Angle Battery was an underused area too!
I for one can't wait to see these events. Thousands of locals involved too. It will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for this Borough, let's show the world what a fantastic place this is to live. I've always thought the High Angle Battery was an underused area too! izzyarch
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11:09am Wed 4 Apr 12

RobinofLocksley says...

I'll be there on Thursday 26th. After a lunchtime bowl of the infamous Locksley lentil curry, I'll certainly have some wind for them to gather. Can't wait!
I'll be there on Thursday 26th. After a lunchtime bowl of the infamous Locksley lentil curry, I'll certainly have some wind for them to gather. Can't wait! RobinofLocksley
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12:45pm Thu 5 Apr 12

212 dorset says...

Hedgehogspring wrote:
I've read this story twice and I still cant work out what the hell its about ? Butterflies fighting to gain control of evil winds in time for the Olympics...or something like that. The Olympics is certainly bringing generating a bigger amount of sh*te than I have ever seen before....
I totally agree. Im trying to be positive and enthusiastic about this once in a lifetime event, but every idea I read in the Echo sounds laughable.
[quote][p][bold]Hedgehogspring[/bold] wrote: I've read this story twice and I still cant work out what the hell its about ? Butterflies fighting to gain control of evil winds in time for the Olympics...or something like that. The Olympics is certainly bringing generating a bigger amount of sh*te than I have ever seen before....[/p][/quote]I totally agree. Im trying to be positive and enthusiastic about this once in a lifetime event, but every idea I read in the Echo sounds laughable. 212 dorset
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2:40pm Thu 5 Apr 12

MoralMinority says...

....something about crisp packets dancing in the air, locals wading into the sea, fires blazing, evil wind.....not to put to fine a point on it but I've seen this happen every summer around Nothe Fort, Chesil beach etc, it's called a BBQ. This has to be affiliated with the arty **** fairy folk who made the stone lollipops in the mud pond. There's clearly been some extra magic mushrooms growing round the organisers of entertainment for the Olympics.
....something about crisp packets dancing in the air, locals wading into the sea, fires blazing, evil wind.....not to put to fine a point on it but I've seen this happen every summer around Nothe Fort, Chesil beach etc, it's called a BBQ. This has to be affiliated with the arty **** fairy folk who made the stone lollipops in the mud pond. There's clearly been some extra magic mushrooms growing round the organisers of entertainment for the Olympics. MoralMinority
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