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Spotlight Talk: Into the Mountain

Event type: Film Screening
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Fri 2 Jul, 2:00pm


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In this spotlight talk, artist and choreographer Simone Kenyon will talk about her most recent place relation project Into the Mountain that explored the physical, cultural and social entanglements to mountainous environments. This was a year- long programme of curated events, workshops, traineeships and culminated in a performance experience within the Cairngorms Mountains in North East Scotland.

Simone will discuss the creative process for this extensive and multi-faceted project, considering how dance work has the ability to be part of intersectional dialogues with land management practices and ownership, working with ecology and place, gender and geography, mountain access, mountaineering history and current sectors.

She might also let us in on some of the less romantic but very realistic elements of making work within the complexities of rural environments.

This event will include the showing of the film “How The Earth Must See Itself – A Thirling”

An evocative and atmospheric homage to Scotland’s Cairngorm Mountains, How the Earth Must See Itself is a short film based on Aberdeen writer Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain, and artist Simone Kenyon’s Into The Mountain project. Filmed on S16mm film, with a dreamlike voiceover by Shirley Henderson this sensuous film takes us on a journey into the ecologies of Glen Feshie inspired by Shepherd’s unique approach to being in the mountains. A cast of five dancers, an evocative polyvocal score and a natural soundscape echo the sounds of a living mountain with choreography and weathered images bringing the mountains life to the screen.

A short film produced by the National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Sculpture Workshop.

Based on the book The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd and performance project Into The Mountain by Simone Kenyon.

A film by Lucy Cash and Simone Kenyon

Choreographer and lead artist: Simone Kenyon
Director and editor: Lucy Cash
Composer: Hanna Tuulikki; Choir leader and vocalist: Lucy Duncombe;
IntoThe Mountain Choir; Performers Jo Hellier, Claricia Parinussa, Caroline
Reagh, Keren Smail and Petra Söör; Voice over: Shirley Henderson and Voice over text (extracts from The Living Mountain) Nan Shepherd;
Cinematographer: Peter Emery and Sound Designer: Pete Smith




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