The Dancing in Caves Project
In 2016 we will begin developing Beneath Our Feet, a promenade piece designed for performances in caves and underground spaces.
For tens of thousands of years, people have ventured underground in order to experience something out of the ordinary: to find sanctuary, reflect, create, participate in rites, hide, escape or do something they should not be doing. Beneath Our Feet will aim to continue this tradition of extraordinary experience, encouraging the audience to undertake their own act of discovery as they are drawn into an unknown world.
The movement for the new piece will respond, for example, to the structure of each underground space, embodying the way it has been carved out of the landscape naturally or created by human activity. It will reflect the atmosphere of this mysterious subterranean environment, also heightening the sensations occurring there, from wonder and awe to fear and confusion. It will draw inspiration from traces left by our prehistoric ancestors, reflecting on the persistence of the creative impulse and the desire to make sense of the world around us, celebrating the tenacity of the human spirit and our boundless curiosity.
For more information about the ongoing development of the work, please visit our company blog. Our initial research and development was supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, South East Dance in partnership with Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Pavilion Dance South West (Katie Green / Made By Katie Green is a Discovery Artist with Pavilion Dance South West).
Performed by Kirsty Arnold, Kate Cox, KJ Lawson-Mortimer and Lucy Starkey
Music composed and performed by Max Perryment and Lou Vilstrup
Writing by Anna Selby
Designed and produced by Kate McStraw
Dramaturgy by Tom Cornford
Company Producer Claire Morton