Capel: the Lights are on was performed by Cyrff Ystwyth three times on the site of the vestry, disused chapel and graveyard in Bronant, Ceredigion, Wales, in June, 2012.

1. Calling the Audience

The performance begins with the audience being called to the performers with the bell. Andrew has kept his original role as bell ringer. The audience wait in the vestry which remains in use today. They are invited to follow the performers; both groups of people share event and place. Moving from the still-used vestry to the now abandoned chapel changes the spirit of the work immediately. It serves to draw those attending from the present into a different reality, where the past is imagined, evoked and provoked by the performance acts which take place there.

3. Postures of Prayer and Devotion

Lying on the wet and cold ground the performers enact postures of prayer and devotion. The relationship between them and the standing audience reminds us of our vulnerability. In addition, the inhospitable nature of the environment means that the actions of the performers become an offering for the audience. In this abandoned place in difficult weather conditions, there is complicity generated between performer and audience through their shared experience.

2. Hymns

The hymns that were created in the studio now take place in front of the audience. The choreography is exactly as Adrian instructed in the beginning. The sound employed in this clip is significant, in that the hymns are iconic of the sharing behaviour of worship through song which used to happen in this now abandoned place. The hymns suggest the chapel as a living site in contrast to the reality of its abandoned present.

4. Closing the Gates

The women perform choreography from previous sequences but this time close to the ground. The incongruous mix of their fine clothes and the tarmac, the wind and the sounds from the road resonate with a sense of devotion to a place, hybridity of experience and finally as they close the gates and return to the chapel, notions of memory, practices of tradition and culture collide with the knowledge that the chapel is closed. The performance acts in this context suggest how a place can be re-visioned, showing what it has been in relation to what it is. Traces of the past are brought into the present and all participants in this experience are offered a new way of thinking about and experiencing this place.