Shoreline is an utterly unforgettable experience for audiences - a quite magical dance and choral event set right on the edge of the sea, with the dancers moving in and out of the water.
Shoreline is danced on beaches and the music, entirely acoustic, is sung by community singers. The company of professional dancers are all of the highest calibre and their dancing leaves audiences with the sensation of having witnessed something truly special. Shoreline is a powerful and highly engaging piece reflecting through movement and music everything that is extraordinary about our dramatic coastline.
To kickstart the making of the work Simon Birch Dance staged engagement activities in various towns across Cornwall, inviting the public to contribute to the project by sharing information about their favourite coastal locations. The material gathered was used to inspire the choreography and the music, and formed part of the libretto.
Shoreline was created in partnership with Dance Republic 2, Falmouth University and the National Trust and was supported by FEAST Cornwall and Arts Council England.
Shoreline was first performed as part of
'Joyful accident....Came across beautiful dance/choir on the beach today.'
Delivered by dance educationalist Sarah Waller and visual artist Alessandra Ausenda, in conjunction with Cornwall Dance Partnership and Dance Republic 2, the Shoreline Schools project 2016 involved six Cornish primary schools: Cubert, Coverack, St Keverne, Manaccan, Grade-Ruan and St Martin-in-Meneage. The project took place during the summer term and offered the schools an opportunity to explore for themselves themes and approaches used by Simon Birch Dance in the creation of Shoreline. The Shoreline Schools project started with a series of dance and visual art workshops which led onto the children collaborating with the professional dancers and the choreographer. The school children then performed with the professional dancers at Kynance Cove and Watergate Bay in July 2016. Alongside the performances the visual artwork created by the children was displayed on the beaches.