Red Room – Video

Ryan has been working with Luke Fleming to create a short film of the Red Room project:

“A glimpse at Ryan Van Winkle’s intimate poetry performance. An audio voyage featuring ambient melodies from Ragland. An installation with paintings, photographs and ephemera from a host of artists. Joy, memory and loss condensed into 15 minutes.

When performed you’ll find a red room to lay down in. A cup of tea, a snifter of port, and space to listen.”

Red Room at BAC – Reviews and Photos

Here are some photos from the recent Red Room shows at Battersea Arts Centre, which has been receiving some great reviews. Thanks for the kind words below:

This slideshow requires JavaScript. **** ‘There is something about curating a room and condensing an experience into a tight fifteen minutes that is like writing a poem, choosing a form and filling it with images. […] The CD – which has been playing synthy, ambient music (the show is a collaboration with music producer, Ragland) now takes over, with Van Winkle’s voice continuing the reading, while you are left alone. […] Red, Like Our Room Used To Feel offers a unique way of experiencing poetry, together with a unique perspective on another person’s life. I will certainly be going back to find out what’s in the other envelopes.’ – Becky Brewis ‘This is poetry made fluttering and ephemeral, rapidly dissipating into the warm air and attaching itself to objects and thoughts. Much of this is achieved by the gentle presence of Ryan himself, whose voice lulls and cradles, sending the mind on journeys. […] I was also struck by how the piece somehow manages to be both intensely personal and overwhelmingly generous. It is as though, by indulging in this space of imagination and memory, Ryan offers us the room – in more than one way – to traverse our own imaginings and reminiscences.’ – Catherine Love

The Stone and the Star: ‘It was all rather magical. I’m a bit at a loss as to how to describe it, especially without giving everything away, but even if I described it in minutest detail I couldn’t really convey the sense of comfort and nostalgia. It was certainly one of the most unique poetry experiences I have ever had, if not one of the most unique experiences full stop.’ – Clarissa Ackroyd

Red Room – 5 Star Reviews & More

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Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel has been receiving some very generous reviews during its run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. So much so that according to The List’s compilation of all reviews of all shows at the festival it has been ranked 6th out of 2375 shows! Thanks to all those who attended and reviewed, and infinite stars must of course go to Ryan. Here are some of the reviews and media mentions:

The List: ***** “It’s charming, it’s inspirational and, in fact, I suspect it might be a landmark production for poetry in performance. Music plays from a stereo exactly like one I had when I was fourteen. I was cocooned in an intimate human bubble. If you are at all interested in literature, memory, performance or joy, you must see this show.” – Charlotte Runcie

The Skinny: ***** “An intimate performance by poet Ryan Van Winkle. A small CD player in the corner discretely trickles ambient electro music into the room, which adds to the intimacy of the room. A memorable performance as visceral as the photographs on the wall and curiosities on the shelf.” – Steven Fraser

Herald Scotland: ***** “A brief oasis of calm, where being read to is a welcome pleasure not often enjoyed beyond childhood.” — Mary Brennan

FringeGuru: ***** “All things considered, the show is superlative. That intimacy is the real magic – I felt, actually, like I was holed up in a friend’s room listening to a poem I’d heard before, about things I’d also experienced.” — Allison Mckeon

Guardian Theatre Correspondent Lyn Gardner: “Should be made available immediately on prescription to all fringe-goers”; Via Twitter: “exquisite 20 minute time out.”

Exeunt Magazine: “[By the end, the room] had become more beautiful and strange than I had expected, set against the ebb and flow of Van Winkle’s elemental poetry.” — Tom Wicker

Time Out: **** “This performance is eminently worth checking out as a nice add-on to any trip to the Summerhall. After ten minutes or so he exits, leaving you free to explore the beautifully detailed room while a gorgeous ambient soundtrack plays on. Simple, yearning and effective.” — Andrzej Lukowski

Edinburgh Spotlight: **** “There has been a lot of site-specific and installation work this Fringe, but this is easily one of the best …. A piece that has real depth and substance and is willing to take all the risks that go with creating a one to one piece.”

Scottish Poetry Library: “This is a high-def performance, 3d poetry” — Colin Waters

Across The Arts: **** “This intimate one-to-one piece is about discovery… This rather charming piece works as both installation and poetry reading, and that poet Ryan Van Winkle’s 15-minute mixture of art, music, poetry and tea (or port) works wonderfully. Short in length but deep in soul, Red is a welcome oasis from the clatter of Summerhall.” — Michael Cox

Red, Like Our Room Used To Feel – Edinburgh Festival 2012

Red, Like Our Room Used To Feel will be playing at this year’s Edinburgh Festival from 4th to 24th August. An intimate poetry performance with Ryan Van Winkle, it features ambient melodies from Ragland. There will be 12 performances daily at the Summerhall venue – tickets can be booked at the box office: 0845 874 3001. Listen and download the album for free here: