April 25, 2016

Cornwall is very good at celebration and very much an outdoors-y place. Over the last decade, DR2’s founders have worked with a range of professional dance artists and companies, and artists from a wide range of disciplines, many of whom have made a significant contribution to dance events and programmes, particularly landscape or site based work.

We want to nurture and re-kindle these relationships by through a bi-annual festival that celebrates great dance work made for the outdoors. This has become known as the SALT Festival. Why SALT? Because there is something in the air…

SALT will find and present dance work that has the capacity to excite and engage people. It will include a range of work and styles, trying to find work that offers something for everyone – but whatever the style, it has to be extraordinary and authentic. We are particularly interested to find work that has a relevance to contemporary culture in Cornwall, exploring links between dance makers based here and their collaborators across the UK and further abroad.

This aspiration leads us to natural collaborators- so we find ourselves working with National Trust and also Cornwall Council who manage so many of our extraordinary sites and locations – so we are looking at all sorts of coastal and inland locations that offer a creative challenge and an inspiration to dance makers, (whether they are 7 years old and go to school or internationally known choreographers, we aren’t fussed).

Summer 2013 saw the first SALT Festival- from the 10th July to 8th August, and included works from Ballet Lorent, Simon Birch, Cscape Dance Company and James Wilton Dance, including schools performance projects in Cotehele and Trelissick Gardens, and working in a range of extraordinary sites from the coastal path at Daymer Bay to the Camel Trail and Hangar 404 at the St Mawgan Airfield. See our SALT 2013 page for all the juicy details.

We are already talking with partners about SALT 2015- watch this space…

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