Valley of Stones
In 2014 Landance, in collaboration with Impermanence Dance Theatre, created promenade performances in the Valley of Stones’ ancient landscape, with a soundscape by Jez Riley French and trumpet by Jim Dvorak.
Performances were an intuitive response to the valley's intriguing hidden places and expansive views. Five professional dancers, with two community dancers, led the audience through this National Nature Reserve in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, fusing dance, sound and visual art with the landscape.
»I enjoyed the performance hugely, and of the four I've attended this one was the most successful for me...
At one moment there was a kestrel hovering behind a single dancer on the skyline, magical. The words that come to mind are: beautiful, gentle, soft, vigorous, sensitive, intimate, mysterious, thoughtful, touching, absorbing, opening, engaging, peaceful, and for me emotional.«
This was an Associate Inside Out Dorset event, presented in partnership with Activate Performing Arts and Natural England.
Dancers, musicians and group leaders, led by choreographer Anna Golding, composer Andrew Dickson and director and visual artist Ella Huhne, collaborated with young emerging artists and local participants of all ages to develop two performances at Eggardon Hill in West Dorset. Landance also ran workshops at 6 primary schools, supported by a resource pack.
‘Just magical! A beautiful amalgam of musical dance creativity and stunning landscape.’
‘The spirit of all performers (and audience) during the first day of bad weather was awe inspiring. We became part of the weather and the landscape .I spoke to two local men from the pub who had come on the first night and said they could not clap because they were crying. They were back on Sunday - they enjoyed it, but knew as we all did that something life-changingly spectacular had happened during the downpour on the first night. It was extraordinary how the sun and a rainbow appeared out of a creamy sky just as the last note of brass sounded. You cannot create this kind of work in a theatre. With this sort of work you are battling the elements and it involves risk, but the rewards are unpredictable and sublime, and the audience, the weather and the landscape become as much a part of the performance as us. Sustained spontaneous silence is a very very rare thing outside religious services, libraries or group meditation projects (and even these are not spontaneous.) And somehow, out of all those nuts and bolts, and small and large delegations, this is what we created.’
‘It was fantastic and probably one of the best outdoor performances I have seen and it certainly brought this ancient landscape steeped in ancient history to life in such a vibrant, passionate and moving way.’
‘This was truly spectacular. The music was haunting – a wonderful performance of singing and playing of stirring and beautiful music. The dancers were stunning – I especially enjoyed the children’s performances – the whole event was amazing.
‘I found the performance extremely moving. The location was stunning and the timing perfect for the evening light. It felt like a meditative act: the subtle harmonics of the choir and the haunting sound of the saxophone; the whole movement and sound so in harmony with the landscape. I loved that the choir were wearing earth tones and the dancers echoed the chalk of the landscape. The way the ridges, dips and peaks were used was very creative and using groups of different sizes kept the dance interesting. I loved the ‘white ribbon’ being part of the performance. It felt very much a community event and I was surprised and encouraged that there was such a large audience.
Landance in 2012 was granted the Inspire mark by the London 2012 London Inspire programme. It was a part of Big Dance within the Cultural Olympiad Maritime Mix, and was an Earth Festival Associated Event. The primary school workshops and resource pack were part of the Big Jurassic Classroom.
Landance in 2012 was part of the Cultural Olympiad 'Maritime Mix', was granted the Inspire mark and was supported by:
These performances, at Castle Neroche in the Blackdown Hills AONB, were part of the Cultural Olympiad ‘Count Me In’ weekend in September 2010.
Lead Artists facilitated workshops open to all (8yrs & above) to develop these public performances:
Dance: Anna Golding & Rachelle Green assisted by Vicky Hole & Kylie Sullivan,
Music: Charlie Hearnshaw assisted by Sarah Samson,
Artistic Director, Visual Art & Design: Ella Huhne assisted by Victoria Robinson,
Film: Richard Tomlinson assisted by Matilda Denny, Freerunning was devised and performed by Dominic Rott (Devon Parkour) with Joe Williams & Chris Farmer.
Performers and Collaborators: Ruth Bell, Chris Farmer, Trudi Farmer, Alfie Golding, Erica Golding, George Green, Arainn Hawker, Sophie Larter, Josh Morris, Reuben Morris, Sue-Claire Morris, Clare Neenan, Luke Neenan, Laura Parsons, Flo Somers, Meg Somers, Joe Williams and Lorelei Webber.
Funded by Arts Council England, Dance South West, Somerset County Council, ‘Give it a Go’ and Holyrood Academy.
These performances at Woodbury Castle in the East Devon AONB were part of East Devon’s Heath Week and the Cultural Olympiad ‘Discovering Places’ weekend.
Lead Artists facilitated workshops open to all (8yrs & above) to develop these public performances: Dance: Anna Golding & Rachelle Green assisted by Janine Rowden, Jess Pawson and Izzy Curtis, Music: Charlie Hearnshaw assisted by Sarah Owen, Artistic Director, Visual Art & Design: Ella Huhne assisted by Kim Stoker and Isabel Denny, Film: Richard Tomlinson assisted by Matilda Denny, Freerunning devised by Dominic Rott (Devon Parkour) and performed by Joe Williams.
Performers and Collaborators: Honey Goddard, Alfie Golding, Frankie Golding, George Green, Josh Lewis, Millie Lewis, Sim Lewis, Reuben Morris, Victoria Robinson, Meg Somers, Lily Tomlinson, Michelle Wilkinson & Joe Williams with choir members and musicians, mainly from Sarah Owen’s Woodbury Choir: Sandra Andrews, John & Judith Ayres, Maxine Green, Mike Jeans, Lesley Lawn, Josh Lewis, Sim Lewis, Jan Owen, Hazel Pyatt, Frances Thomson and Judy Vallance.
Funded by East Devon AONB, Dance In Devon, Dance South West, Devon County Council and Arts Council England.
Dance Artists Anna Golding and Rachelle Green collaborated with Visual Artist Ella Huhne on the facilitation of ‘Border Dance’, part of the Blackdown Hills Artists and Makers (BHAAM) group entry in Somerset Art Weeks (SAW 09). Castle Neroche, the site for the workshops and performances, was used as inspiration as was the theme of borders.
This project involved members of the community of all ages from Chard in Somerset and the surrounding areas.
Creative Dance Sessions, incorporating dance and visual art, culminated in performances at Castle Neroche in the Blackdown Hills on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September. The music was by Charlie Hearnshaw, and a short documentary DVD of the project was made by Richard Tomlinson.
Collaborators and performers:
Sophie Bean, Alfie Golding, Frankie Golding, George Green, Elizabeth Mc Sweeney, Sue-Claire Morris, Cleo Parsons, Laura Parsons, George Rickard, Olivia Sanders, Carl Smith-Hobbs, Jacob Turner, Karen Turner, Lorelei Webber, Anna Whitefield, Milly Whitefield.
The project was funded by Holyrood Community School, the Blackdown Hills AONB SDF, South Somerset County Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council and The Neroche Scheme, with in kind support from East Devon District Council.
The first Landance was performed amongst the ancient beech trees at Quarts Moor in the Blackdown Hills.
Ella Huhne collaborated with choreographer Joanne Willmott, who created these performances with dancers Nicola Penfold, Steph Leitner and Laura Parsons. They performed with Taunton Youth Dance Company members Kayleigh Crook, Felicity Kerr and Edward Pearce, all of whom now work professionally in dance. The musicians were Steve Rook, Ronni Spurr, Nico Huhne and Bill Guerre.
With thanks to the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Leader + fund and Taunton Deane Borough Council. The use of Quarts Moor by kind permission of the National Trust.