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THE FILM NO CHANCE TO PAINT THE CANVAS (1999-2001) AND SUBSEQUENT BODY OF WORK WRITTEN, DIRECTED, PRODUCED AND DESIGNED BY PROF. LIZ GREENWELL, IS ABOUT CIVIL SOCIETY ON A GLOBAL SCALE.
1) NO CHANCE TO PAINT THE CANVAS
Prof. Liz Greenwell brought five continents together for the introduction to the film, hence the global images that precede the film.
Upon reading her poem, you will notice nine verses, with each
verse being recited by a different person.
These voiceovers are:
Verse 1- Prof. Liz Greenwell, Initiator and Founder of Global Cooperation Day
Verse 2- Dr Giovanna Miranda, Italian Academic
Verse 3- Ann Andrew, Irish Nurse
Verse 4- Professor Philip Knight, Scholar of French Language
Verse 5- Adam Greenwell, Town Green Music director/founder
Verse 6- David Groves, Academic, Senior Lecturer in Italian
Language and Culture
Verse 7- Prof.Liz Greenwell
Verse 8- Sister Joan Pullokaran SSPC; ( India), Sister Josephine Anikwe
SSPC, (Nigeria), Missionary Sisters of St Peter Claver
Verse 9- Stuart Schwartz, American Art Gallery Director
Vocal "No chance to paint the canvas" recited by Phil Hornblow, Studio Engineer
Bells ( also heard on track 7, entitled "Assisi" ) recorded by Brother Daniel
Geary OFM Conv at the Basilica of St Francis, Assisi, Italy.
2) HARVEST OF HOPE
A montage involving a bass composition and 250 East Timorese singers in Australia! East Timor (now Timor Leste) was, at the time of production, the world's youngest nation, predominantly Catholic, having gained independence from Indonesia.
"He Le Le Le" is a traditional Timorese song danced in the rice fields after a harvest with the twin message of calling for a harvest of peace, hope, and justice.
3) OMOS NA CRUITE ( pronounced oh-moesh-na- cree) meaning HARP'S
LAMENT FOR THE SOULS
Composition from a former All Ireland Harp Champion. This piece weaves
the memory of those who have suffered much for the cause of truth and
justice,with recognition of those who continue in that struggle.
In selecting the music for this track ,Prof. Liz Greenwell endeavored to achieve
the slow and haunting sound of Irish instruments to best express the
technique and style that she had in mind for the visuals.
East Timor Relief Association and Western musicians. This organization
did, at the time of production, community-based relief and development work. Some people within
this group of choral singers became involved with the independent East Timorese
5) BHAJAN - Devotional song from 15th Century India, with female vocals in
Sanskrit, 12 000 year old language.
Kabir Das , author of this song , has been regarded as an Indian St Francis in
that he sought to avoid divisions over religion, seeking universal principles of
spirituality and humanity. Kabir saw human joy as the point where the
personal, or life-soul (jivatma), merges with the Divine over-soul (paramatma).
The singer, Fijian- Indian social worker,Krishna Subramaniam, has turned
down many recording offers, choosing to sing only for "holy purposes". He
considered this project to be one such purpose, as did the female singer of
Sanskrit- a 12, 000-year-old language- in a song calling for peace within
oneself, with others, and with God. The Sanskrit is sung by Ganga Ayar,
a former colleague of Prof. Liz Greenwell, selected by her to perform on this track.
Original instrumental with Asian focus.
An excerpt from Prof. Liz Greenwell’s correspondence with Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, Director of the Holy See Press Office:
“Every frame in No Chance to Paint the Canvas has been edited into place by me for a deeply thoughtful and meaningful reason. The following are just a couple of instances by way of examples. When working through twenty-eight hours of footage from around the world, and in the case of footage from China; I noted that the same exquisite skill, perfected steps, timing and precision, as is displayed in world-renowned traditional Irish dancing; was present also in the Chinese traditional dancers, I have depicted in the film. This is made all the more remarkable by the fact that the Chinese dancers can neither hear nor speak, yet have perfected their skill, steps, timing and precision from the vibrations of their feet touching the floor.
In keeping with the objectives I have set for this project, I thought ‘what a glorious opportunity to project alongside each other, these two ancient East and West cultures, gracefully demonstrating their love of dance and culture, and at the same time radiating a universal thread of unity’.
In creating this piece, I wanted to project what I saw as a visual symphony of universal unity, a delightful East/West harmony, dazzling colour, and cultural diversity, yet with beautiful shades of similarity.
Also I saw it as a chance to show that it is my heartfelt feeling that this vital point of unity, can be extended to all aspects of life and living through the grace and dignity of our many diverse cultures throughout the world; working together for the benefit of each other. Using that diamond sparkle of our essential goodness, we can, all of us together, aim for and work towards the achievement of that very desirable goal, civil society on a global scale.”
Because of her early childhood experiences in the abbeys and monasteries of Kilkenny
as well as her introduction to St. Francis by her mother,Prof.Liz Greenwell requested the images from Assisi, and the bell sounds of the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, Italy, because of the significance and meaning of Assisi to her.
French classical music by Erik Satie on violin; Quote by Leonardo da Vinci,
in Italian, says :"Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in
cold weather becomes frozen, even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind".
Core values of St Francis, Patron Saint of Ecology: God - Humanity - World.
Peace, ecology, religious freedom, respect for individual person, fulfilling our
mission, so that our work may be complete when our time on Earth is done.
Permanent Lesson of Assisi, site of Prayer Day for World Peace. 1986 :
" AN IDEAL COMPOSED OF MEEKNESS, HUMILITY,A DEEP SENSE
OF GOD AND A COMMITMENT TO SERVE ALL" ( block letters my
emphasis).- St John Paul II
Written by Adam Greenwell, in consultation with
Prof. Liz Greenwell, Writer, Producer, and Director, No Chance to Paint the Canvas. Initiator and Founder of Global Cooperation Day