Past Events supported by The Works
Global Gardens was an inspired outdoor project that took place in Summer 2010 at the magical Trebah Gardens.
Written by Anna-Maria Murphy, accompanied by heart stopping music by Jim Carey and using Cscape’s unique blend of dance storytelling, Global Gardens whispered tales of journeys, chillies and homecomings, stories of flowers whose scents broke hearts and plant hunters who travelled the world for rare blooms.
An ensemble cast of 100 dancers, actors, artists and the community members, joined together to tell these stories through captivating and intricate performance, installation and sound, interwoven through the garden and down to the beach. The Global Garden film, made by Brett Harvey (o-region) documents and celebrates the performance to great effect, capturing the beauty of the site, the physicality of the dancers and the magical feel of the project
Dance Month – March 2012
Dance Month 2011 was a celebration of the diversity of dance activity in Cornwall, advocating dance as an effective tool for good health and wellbeing, social cohesion and in combating rural isolation. Throughout the month of March 2011 there was a calendar of community-orientated events organised and promoted by The Works, our partner organisations such as Cornwall Sports Partnership, and practitioners in the county, all with some element of mass-participation built in. The main message of the month was that ‘dance is for everyone’. This project was aimed at people of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in dance or in trying something new in their community.
Fal River Festival – Dance and Theatre Commissions
3 Minute Theatre
Three actors performed 3 different 3 minute plays, around the streets, cafes and shops of Falmouth. These were specially commissioned for the fal river festival by CAKE in partnership with the works. The plays popped up over cashiers, in the street and on the Moore taking the public by surprise and capturing their attention. The plays intrigued the public and made them aware of the river trip that was happening later in the day aboard the Black Swan, including a 30 minute play. The day was successful in allowing the public to enjoy the pieces of theatre free of charge as a kind of guerrilla theatre.
Moving with the Tide
Four pieces of dance inspired by the river fal and the people, history and visual features were performed in hidden places and spaces in Falmouth. The dancers drew in large crowds of the public, bringing art and entertainment to un-expecting passersby. The dances took place on the pier, Moore, Jacobs’s ladder and the art gallery, each bringing in different elements of inspiration. From clogs to mud each dance was as successful as the next.
City of Lights
The event sees a dazzling procession of withy and tissue lanterns float through the streets, handmade and carried by professional artists, Cornish school children and local community and youth groups. Recent year’s events have included the official switch on of Truro’s Christmas lights, plus music and dance from Truro School of Samba and other local bands.
The Works teamed up to present an exciting evening of fresh new dance work from emerging artists based in the Southwest. This was an opportunity for up and coming dance-makers to showcase their work to new audiences, and for audiences in Cornwall to see the latest work from emerging artists in the Southwest.
Youth Dance Platforms – Flights of Fantasy
An evening was spent with Cornwall’s young dancers, as they ventured into the world of giants and monsters, witches and fairies, secrets and wishes, good and evil, big and small, from tales of the Greek Gods to the inside of Aladdin’s lamp. County youth dance groups, from primary school age to young adults, performed their own original choreography on 2011’s theme of Fairytales, in styles ranging from classical ballet to street dance, from contemporary to hip-hop.