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SALT 2016 – dance & performance in Cornwall

SALT-Dance-2016-300x200Dance Republic 2’s festival of landscape and dance returns to Cornwall this summer, with four brand new performance pieces. SALT 2016 starts on the 2nd of July and runs until the 20th of August, bringing dance and performance to beaches, gardens and clifftops across the county.

‘We are thrilled to bring the festival back following its successful launch in 2013,’ said Antony Waller of Dance Republic 2. ‘It’s an ambitious festival with some real treats in store for audiences of all ages!’

Simon Birch Dance, last seen in Cornwall with their mesmerizing show: Terrarium, returns with a brand new piece of work called Shoreline. The piece premieres at Watergate Bay on the 9th July and is supported by a choir made up of local choral groups and individuals. It explores our connection with the sea and see’s Simon’s trademark stunning choreography danced in water, and on sand and rocks, along shorelines at Kynance Cove, Watergate Bay and Sennen Cove.

Cscape will return to Trebah Garden with the second, brand new performance for SALT 2016. A collaboration with writer Anna Maria Murphy (Kneehigh/BBC Radio 4) and Cornish dancer/choreographer Tom Jackson Greaves (Matthew Bourne/Kneehigh) Cscape presents Neptunalia: a feast for the heart, soul and belly; culminating in celebrations and dancing on the beach. As Anna Maria Murphy’s writing says, Take the plunge, the water’s lovely, taste the wine and the salty bubbly… The show opens on Tuesday 26th of July with ten dates across the following three weeks.

The third show is a brand new commission by Without Walls, Seachange Arts and Pavilion Dance South West; co-produced by Dance Republic 2 and Gwen Van Spijk; generously supported by Atlantic39/Hawksfield, Cornwall and FEAST. Internationally recognized dance comedy theatre company, New Art Club return to Cornwall with a brand new, touring performance piece called Campervan of Love in which Cupid, known for helping the world to fall in love, has now fallen in love himself, only to discover his powers have deserted him. The brilliant Pete and Tom of New Art Club will tour campsites, beaches and gardens with the help of their hot pink, magical Campervan in search of a solution to his problem.

And finally, the festival is wrapped up on August the 20th by the SALT Summer Ball which takes place at the SAS Ball site, Newdowns Farm.  The ball will be a party in which audiences can see Without Ends from Middleton Corpus, Campervan of Love from New Art Club and another brand new commission to be announced. Performances will then segue into dancing with music from the brilliant DAYTONER and film from VJ Tom Harding. Food and drink will be available to buy on the night and, for those wishing to let their hair down, there’s an opportunity to camp onsite, basic pitches being £10 per tent or campervan!

‘As well as the performances from professional companies and residencies for local dance makers, we are delighted to include youth dance from some of our brilliant Cornwall Dance Partnership projects,’ says Antony. ‘And in order to make the whole festival more accessible to those on low income, or those wishing to see more than one show across the festival, two of the four shows in the programme will be ticketed on a Pay What You Can basis. Audiences can watch the show, then pay what they are able, in to the bucket collections at the end of the performance.’

SALT 2016 has been funded by Arts Council England, FEAST, Headley Trust, Falmouth University, Ernest Cook Trust, St Breock Community Fund and Atlantic 39/Hawksfield, Cornwall. Full programme details will appear on the dancerepublic2.com website and Facebook pages, plus a brochure will be available across Cornwall from June onwards. Tickets for ticketed shows will be available from CRBO on 01726 879500.