SALT 2016: Dance Camp

May 9, 2016

SALT 2016, Cornwall’s festival of landscape and dance, invites dance artists and choreographers interested in making dance and performance work in outdoor and landscape settings, to spend time with internationally renowned choreographer Rosemary Lee in the first of our dance residencies, July 2016.

The residency, set in Cornwall’s stunning Hay Studio, overlooking the Camel Valley, North Cornwall, is part of the two-month long festival presenting dance performance in inspirational sites including: Kynance Cove, Sennen Cove, Watergate Bay, Trebah Garden and many other locations.

Inspired by feedback from dance artists in SALT 2013, Dance Republic 2, the producers behind the festival, have programmed an event that is exactly what it says: artists bring a tent or small campervan, all the camping gear they require, and a bike if they wish (to explore the Camel Trail!) and spend a week exploring landscape performance under Rosemary’s guidance, an artist renowned for her work in this field.

‘The SALT Festival is not just about presenting work for audiences, but supporting and nurturing dance artists to explore and develop their own practice. Time spent in a safe environment in which they can play, experiment and be inspired is vital to the development of new work, and the wider dance ecology,’ says Antony Waller, Dance Republic 2.

As part of the deal, the site will have toilets, showers and a large, beautiful indoor studio with log burner. An evening meal in the studio kitchen will be provided as will support to access some of Cornwall’s most stunning landscape sites. Dance Camp will extend participants understanding of outdoor, site-specific work. It will reflect on context, creative sources and process. It aims to continue Cornwall’s long tradition of landscape theatre and performance, finding ways of supporting dance artists at all stages of their career.

The week will be a restorative time led by Rosemary Lee, an artist known for large-scale, site-specific work as well as video installations and short films. She says, ‘We will focus on our deep physical and philosophical connection with landscape and nature. I’d like to spend time working experientially, somatically and improvisationally in the studio, walking in the surrounding landscape with invited experts from other fields, observing it together, sharing our experiences, reading and contemplating.’ The objective of week two being to experiment with creating and imagining work for rural settings, witnessing each other moving outdoors and considering together the potential and challenges or working in these settings.

To book one of these limited places at Dance Camp, email or call Antony on 0775 948 8240 / 01208 812736.

Camp with Rosemary Lee

4 days: Monday 25th Thursday 28th July

Where: Hay Studio, Wadebridge, Cornwall.

Cost £200

Maximum participants: 15

Rosemary’s work is characterised by an interest in creating a moving portraiture of both individuals and of the close performing communities she brings together. Regardless of the scale of these projects she creates a unique intimacy with her audience whilst also exploring and highlighting our relationship with our environment.

As well as Under the Vaulted Sky and the award winning Liquid Gold is the Air other recent work includes Without commissioned by and created with Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company, a seven-screen video installation with sound score by Graeme Miller. It captures a panoramic view of the city of Derry/Londonderry as its inhabitants dance and move through the streets. Rosemary has also joined forces with artist Simon Whitehead to create Calling Tree, a durational performance cycle of songs, movement and messages, which takes place in and around a mature tree. First performed in North Wales with Migrations Festival in 2014, they now plan to recreate it in trees in urban contexts beginning in Tottenham as part of LIFT 2016.

Rosemary also writes, guest teaches and lectures internationally. Recipient of both a Bonnie Bird Award and a Jerwood Choreographic Research Project Award in 2013, she is an Artsadmin Artist, a Work Place artist, a DanceEast Artist Associate 2015, a Senior Research Fellow at C-DaRE Coventry University, a ResCen Research Associate Artist (Middlesex University) and holds an honorary doctorate from Roehampton University.


Surrounded by breath-taking views of the Camel Valley and Hustyn Forest, the versatile Hay Studio is situated on an acre plot and is close to the many sandy beaches of North Cornwall and the wild beauty of Bodmin

SALT is produced by Dance Republic 2 and supported by Falmouth University, Arts Council England, Headley Trust and Feast Cornwall.

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