This performance led by Judy Dermott, will look at the poet through the eyes of the women who had such a profound influence on his work – Vivien Haigh Wood and Emily Hale.
Vivien accompanied Eliot to Margate during his stay here in 1921. Also accompanying him, at least in his creative imagination, was the ghost of his first love Emily Hale.
In contrast to his corrosive and mutually destructive relationship with Vivien, his romantic attachment to Emily was pure and pristine. She was Isolde to his Tristan, Beatrice to his Dante.
In terms of his Artistic Vision the two women presented two polar opposites, the ultimate dichotomy. Yet both women possessed enormous self potential, going far beyond the constraints both the Poet and Society imposed on them
We would like you to join us in a psychic exploration, finding areas of the town, which we believe will resonate with the impressions (of both women) that we hope to evoke, possibly, hopefully, giving them, the freedom of expression denied when they were caught up in the web Eliot spun for them.
Turner Contemporary, Margate - Saturday 28th April at 11am.