It is this intense, poetic prose that Jenny Sturgeon has used to create her own lyrical and visual exploration of the landscape, ecology and sounds of the Cairngorms – giving a musical voice to what is the ultimate love letter to the mountains.
“The meditative experience of the combined live music and imagery provides a soothing and poignant exploration of what it means to connect with a landscape and find a sense of place,” explained Jenny, who recently performed at the Eastgate as part of another project, Northern Flyway, together with Inge Thomson.
The process of translating a work of literature into a performance on stage began with the writing of a song for each of the 12 chapters in the book. “Once I’d started work on the lyrics, I re-read Nan’s book which helped inform the melodies and musical approach of each song,” revealed Jenny.
Eager to include visuals with the performance so that audiences could see and experience the landscape as well as hear her interpretation of it, Jenny collaborated with two prominent filmmakers, Shona Thompson and Robyn Spice, plus rewilding charity Scotland: The Big Picture. The result is a range of archive and modern-day footage that covers many different aspects of the mountain range.
“The film brings another dimension to the performance which helps place the audience in the landscape,” added Jenny.
Jenny Sturgeon performs The Living Mountain at the Eastgate Theatre, 7.30pm, Tues 23 Nov. Tickets priced £14, £12, £8 under 16s, available from Box Office on 01721 725777 or online.