Delpha & the Bear, street performance, Lafrowda Festival & HAB Arts, 2016


Delpha Hudson & Nigel Bispham started working together on a range of site-specific art performance & sound projects from 2015. Nigel Bispham is a musician and composer whose piano composition Pythagorian Theory features one of Delpha’s latest films Like a ship righting itself


Place Settings site-specific performance collaboration between Delpha Hudson & Nigel Bispham, Venice, 2016

Created for the domestic house Ca’Zanardi in Venice, Bispham & Hudson’s performances use site, objects, and language to explore ways in which sound and movement speaks to us all. Gravitating towards performing bodily-emotional meta-narratives. Watch film documentation by Hannah Bere.


Saw Sings, performance at CAZ RESOUND festival, the Acorn Theatre Penzance, 2013

A unique journey in four movements of the life, death, rebirth of a piece of wood, taking the audience through four lines of a short poem of transformation from tree to table, from birth to disassociation.

Music and sound transform and communicate non-verbal existence. In this performance, poetry is not read or spoken, but performed and created in the intersection between sound and sculpture. The stratospheric range of the saxophone, with accordion, looped recordings, and manipulated found sound are combined with inscribed objects and play with the rhythmic and sonorous potential of the written and performed word in 3-dimensional space, creating dramatic tension, spectacle and narrative.

Intentionally exploring Bachelard’s ‘poetic image’, with objects and sound, the performance offers a prismatic view of the enchanted significance of reverberation of the saw’s song of creation, destruction and transmutation. Sound and material objects have the potential to awaken new depths, resonance, and sentimental repercussions in poetry, creating a dynamic, and rhythmic slice of time and space.

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RED HERRING! sited performance in the old smoke ovens @ Suspended Sentences, Newlyn, 2013

Using collaborative writing to explore the language of space and emotion, poetry is transformed into sound. Music and sound transform and communicate non-verbal existence. In this performance, poetry is not read or spoken, but performed and created in the intersection between sound and sculpture. The stratospheric range of the saxophone, with accordion, creates rhythmic and sonorous potential of the written and performed word in 3-dimensional space, creating dramatic tension, spectacle and narrative.

Intentionally exploring Bachelard’s ‘poetic image’ of space, and bouncing off some Simon Armitage’s work with some more of our own poetry, the performance offers a prismatic view of the enchanted significance of memory, and its potential to transform as well as distort, and trick – RED HERRING! was a dynamic and rhythmic slice of time. The audience were invited to interact with the residues of the performance via an installation left in the disused smoke ovens.


photo of nigel )sax) and delpha (accordion


Delpha Hudson & Nigel Bispham also perform an eclectic mix of live music together as duo mélange tous – which means a mix of everything including Klezmer, Swing, Cajun and our own original songs.

Nigel on guitar and sax, Delpha Hudson voice and accordion. View live performances on youtube, or have a listen on our soundcloud page. There is more information on our facebook page