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Wednesday 23 June 2004

Road To The Beach: The Edge is a large scale production combining visual dance performance and extreme sports, to be performed at Watergate Bay, Newquay, Cornwall on 25 & 26 June by Motionhouse Dance Theatre in association with 500 children and adults from local schools and community centres.

The Edge

is the result of a year long creative process by Motionhouse, The Works (the agency responsible for developing dance and theatre in Cornwall) and Creative Partnerships Cornwall in collaboration with Watergate Bay’s Extreme Academy.

Motionhouse

Artistic Director, Kevin Finnan, has been working closely with the local community since last summer. “A lot of school kids we talked to had never been to the beach, partly because it’s quite hard to get to if you live in an isolated or rural community. As ‘outsiders’ we introduced them to the beach for the first time, and, through discussions and workshops with them, began to develop this project.”

Finnan

heads a diverse team of artists, dancers, school children – even JCB drivers. Leading artists such as Billy Wynter, Amanda Lorens, Tino Rawnsley, Caroline Cleave and John Keys as well as C-Scape Dance Company alongside Motionhouse’s full company will be working flat out for six weeks prior to the performance dates.

The event – which is free (car parking charge of £10 goes towards the production budget) takes place at 5-7pm on Friday June 25th and 6-8pm on Saturday June 26th when the entire beach will play host to installations and visual theatre-based events. The audience will be able to walk with the performers from one installation and/or performance to the next or stay in one place where they can view the nearest section of the performances (listed below).

“I wanted to develop something that would make us reflect about ourselves,” explains Finnan. “The beach is about so many things; in evolutionary terms it’s where we’re from; it’s a fun place, but it can be dangerous, it’s a peaceful place but it can be busy and noisy too; it’s also a physical place where we develop new ways of having fun and challenging ourselves on the beach and in the water. I wanted to bring in all these elements of physicality, philosophy, art, movement, dance and sport – and move it from one end of the enormous Watergate Bay beach to the other.”

Read more in the Telegraph, 23 Jun

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