Folk Variations was a programme of four new artists’ commissions which explored how histories are both created and disseminated by and through people. Within individual and collective performances, the works told stories, provided behavioural examples and created historical reconstructions as a way of re-imaging our folk history.
Each artist tapped into particular strands of folk traditions, shared stories and forgotten actions, and explored the way that these forms of knowledge overlap with our personal or false histories. Folk Variations sought to connect people to the past, but also looked to create situations where these forms of practice continue to be created in the here and now.
Folk Variations was developed to respond to, and coincide with the conference ‘English & Welsh Diaspora: Regional Cultures, Disparate Voices, Remembered Lives’ taking place within the Department of English and Drama at Loughborough University.