When Shoreline danced into the Bay

Stirring contemporary dance swept along the shore at Watergate Bay this summer in a two-day performance and a story that told of our unending relationship with the sea.

Shoreline dance at Watergate Bay

Whether you live by it or make special trips to it, we are all, deep down, connected to the sea; often without ever knowing why.

Billed as an ‘amphibious dancework’, Shoreline saw six dancers perform on rocks, sand and water alongside live choral music at Watergate Bay and three other locations in Cornwall throughout July.

It was part of the SALT landscape and dance festival – an idea to merge dance performances into Cornwall’s beautiful landscapes – and a project taps into a long-held sense of Cornish identity.

The show explored the idea that the sea is our connection with ourselves and with freedom – movement and travel, change, destiny, searching and adventure. It can represent security as much as it represents power and in some cases, danger.

Shoreline dance at Watergate Bay

Shoreline dance at Watergate Bay

Shoreline dance at Watergate Bay

Shoreline dance at Watergate Bay

Shoreline dance at Watergate Bay

Shoreline dance at Watergate Bay

Shoreline dance at Watergate Bay

Each member of the choir carried a suitcase as a metaphor for travel and in particular, the current refugee crisis.

This image, the stunning movement from each dancer, and the power of all those local voices made Shoreline a beautiful, moving and thought-provoking performance.

Choreography: Simon Birch
Composer: Jon Hughes
Choir Lead & Musical Director: Claire Ingleheart

Their family-friendly show ‘Campervan of love’ will be performed out of a – you guessed it – 1970’s VW campervan at Mawgan Porth (by the mini golf) on 17, 18 and 19 August at 5pm and 7pm. Pay what you can.

Bringing it all to close is The Salt Summer Ball near St Agnes on Saturday 20 August, an opportunity to dress ultra-glamorously and enjoy a superb evening of dance overlooking the ocean. Tickets available via their website.

Book your stay at Watergate Bay Hotel online or call 01637 860543.

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