Mayes Creative Opportunities and Workshops

Spring 2018:

LAILA DIALLO Choreographic CPD Masterclass – Dark Skies: Bright Stars

SATURDAY MARCH 3RD 10am-3.30pm

Kensey Hall/Dance Studio (Daniell Road entrance), Truro High School for Girls, Truro Cornwall TR1 2HU As part of the DEEP SPACE project from Mayes Creative’s Dark Skies: Bright Stars programme, join renowned choreographer Laila Diallo working with Cornish dance artist Lois Taylor for a day of creative and choreographic explorations, inspired and informed by the concept of cosmic rays and the night sky.

Enrich your practice through a series of task-based methods to access the body and develop your own choreographic processes through new creative threads in this special shared workshop day with other dancers.

15 places are available at a subsidised rate of just £25 for the day, for full information and to book your place:

Dark Skies: Bright Stars from Mayes Creative is kindly supported by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and FEAST Cornwall.


CALL OUT for Community Dance Performers

DEEP SPACE rehearsals and performance on April 21st, Sterts, Liskeard

Join choreographer Lois Taylor and other dancers from the community to help create a unique performance piece forming part of the exciting DEEP SPACE event from Mayes Creative at Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard on Saturday April 21st 2018.

DEEP SPACE from Mayes Creative is part of the Dark Skies: Bright Stars programme supported by Arts Council England, FEAST and Heritage Lottery Fund, and uses data captured from cosmic rays to inspire creative responses exploring our connection to the universe.

Your dance will be shown alongside work by the Sounds Vital community group and the core professional Company of the DEEP SPACE project.

Lois Taylor is a highly experienced choreographer who makes it easy for everyone to get involved and to find their dance. Men and women of all ages and abilities are welcome to join but you must be able to make all rehearsals. Dates for rehearsals are:

Thurs 22 Mar 7-9pm, Sterts Studio

Thurs 29 Mar 7-9pm, Sterts Studio

Sat 8 Apr 10-30-2.30, Linkinhorne Hall, Upton Cross

Sat 14 Apr 10.30-2.30, Linkinhorne Hall, Upton Cross

Fri 20 Apr Sterts potential pm/evening rehearsal

Sat 21 Apr Sterts rehearsal/performance evening

Please contact Lois to register a place: or 07730 586306


Land’s End Film Weekend: Three-day Artist Film Residential Course in West Cornwall with American practitioner Robert Schaller


Lands End YHA, Cot Valley, Letcha Vean, St Just-in-Penwith TR19 7NT

A unique three-day creative filmmaking workshop, led by visiting American film artist Robert Schaller and responding to the dark skies, bright stars, Neolithic sites and landscape of Penwith in the far west of Cornwall, takes place this spring.

The residency from 5th to 7th May is part of the DARK SKIES: BRIGHT STARS programme from Mayes Creative and is kindly supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, FEAST Cornwall and Arts Council England.

Robert Schaller, an internationally renowned film expert based in Colorado, USA, says: “Penwith in Cornwall has one of the highest concentrations of Neolithic standing stones in the world. ​Spend a long weekend with me as a filmmaker coming to understand and film this transcendent landscape and its ancient stone circles around the Spring quarter day. We will be using non-toxic processes, processing our film in the open air, and investigating unconventional ways to capture images so that they reflect both the nature of the place and of ourselves in it.”

Black and white film, chemistry and processing equipment will all be provided; bring your favourite 16mm/8mm film camera (and some equipment is also available on request).  This will be a long immersive weekend with no other concern but how filmmaking can relate to these extraordinary and beautiful ancient sites.

Workshop fee: £180 individual or £270 company/institution.

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Discounted Early Bird B&B accommodation at Lands End YHA in the beautiful Cot Valley can also be booked direct from 4th – 6th May inclusive by emailing by March 4th stating nights required and dietary preferences. Alternatively, camping or local accommodation can be found online.

More information at