Into The Mountain is a new place sensitive performance project by artist and choreographer Simone Kenyon.

Inspired and informed by the lyrical and embodied prose of Nan Shepherd's 1974 book, The Living Mountain, the project explores and celebrates women's relationships with high and wild places (for clarity this includes cis women, trans women and intersex women).

‘Walking out of our bodies and into the mountain’ is an invitation and gesture from Shepherd towards a collective experiencing of the Cairngorms, guiding us toward the possibilities for transformation and the more-than-human connections that can be made within these mountains.

- Simone Kenyon

Into The Mountain will develop throughout the year informed by the projects exploratory workshops, outdoor education programme, mountain leader traineeships, talks and meets within the Cairngorms National Park, Moray, Aberdeenshire and the central belt of Scotland. It culminates in a place-sensitive performance journey presented within the Cairngorm mountain range in May 2019 for a live audience.

Through working directly within the unique environment of the Cairngorms plateau and with woman living within the communities of the National Park, Into The Mountain celebrates women’s encounters with mountainous environments, addressing both historical and current perspectives of gender and access in relationship to the Scottish landscape.

All aspects of the project are informed, created and delivered by women. 

Company includes:

Simone Kenyon ~ lead artist, choreographer, researcher and project initiator

Claricia Parinussa, Caroline Reagh, Keren Smail and Petra Söör ~ dancers and performers

Jo Hellier ~ education facilitator and performer

Rosemary Lee ~ choreographic mentor

Lucy Cash ~ filmmaker


Hanna Tuulikki ~ composer and voice director

Lucy Duncombe ~ choir leader and vocal facilitator


Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW) ~ lead commissioner and producer

Annie Hazelwood ~ project assistant 2018

Heather Morning ~ Mountaineering Scotland Health and Safety Advisor

Anna Fleming ~ Cairngorm National Park Authority (CNPA) Education and Inclusion Officer

To date participants and collaborators include Aboyne Academy and Alford Academy, Braemar Primary and Strathdon Primary.

Support & Acknowledgements

Into The Mountain is produced and commissioned by Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW) and co-commissioned by Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA), City Moves Dance Agency, Dance North and Tramway. The project is also supported by Mountainering Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council and Creative Scotland.

Previous research and development contributing to this project spanning across 5 years includes: Cove Park artist residency programme, Tramway Associate Artists programme 2017 and DIG festival, Creative Scotland funded research and development on Women Walking, Deveron Projects artists residency and Hielan Way project. Previous research and collaborative processes include work with Laura Bradshaw, Luke Pell and Margaret Kerr but overall, across both the arts and mountaineering in Scotland, there have been far too many women whom have all influenced this work to mention. Thank you.



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