amser / time

06’24, United Kingdom, 2022

Director: Deborah Light, Concept and Choreography: Deborah Light, Eddie Ladd, Gwyn Emberton, DOP/editor: Pete Telfer (Culture Colony), Soundtrack: Sion Orgon, Producer: Laura Drane, Cast: Eddie Ladd, Jake Nwogu, Deborah Light, Drone&gimbal: Rob Key, Camera Assistants: Lowri Paige, Kieran Shand, Felix Cannadam, Thanks to Dr. Martin Bates, Supported by BBC Arts, One Dance UK and Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales and Welsh Government.


Moving through time along Bae Ceredigion/Cardigan Bay, we arrive at today’s climate crisis. Sarn Gynfelyn is revealed every low tide and looks like a road into the sea. In fact, it is a glacial moraine laid down 20,000 years ago when ice sheets melted, and it marks the beginning of the global conditions that have enabled human expansion. At Borth, a 6,000 year old forest flourished for a few thousand years. Submerged by the sea, it has since been re-exposed in recent storms. Sarn Gynfelyn and Borth’s forest are both cited as supporting the Cantre’r Gwaelod legend of lost fertile lands in Cardigan Bay, but the geology tells a different story. Moving forwards, we arrive at Fairbourne, a seaside town built on saltmarsh and English industrial wealth. It is now set to become the first UK town to be decommissioned due to sea level rise. It will be demolished and returned to salt marsh and will have existed for less than 200 years. In the intertidal zone, between land and sea, three people move, with arresting visual imagery through these three remarkable sites.


Deborah is a mover, maker and mother based in Cardiff. She creates work as an independent choreographer and dance artist and co-directs Light / Ladd / Emberton. Light / Ladd / Emberton makes bilingual dance productions, which move people physically and emotionally, and are performed with and for audiences in castles, village halls, theaters, urban spaces, and on beaches, across Wales. Their work has featured in British Council Edinburgh Showcase, Surf the Wave UK dance showcase, A Nation’s Theater at Battersea Arts Center, Wales in Kolkata, and BBC’s Dance Passion. Deborah’s independent work, described as ‘bold, beautiful and intimate’, spans theater/studio performance, installation, site based practice and still image and includes a series of works focused on female identity. Deborah also works as a movement director for theater, lectures in movement for actors at RWCMD and continues to perform in other artists’ work. Deborah offers strategic and individual support to freelance artists and the dance sector in Wales. She was part of UK/Wales freelance task force, is a Freelance Champion for Creative Industries Federation and Arts associate for Arts Council Wales.


The film will be part of the screening on 29.10.2022, 19:00-20:30, Festival and Congress Centre – Varna.