Thursday 30 May — Sunday 2 June 2019
Glenfeshie, Cairngorms National Park
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“I have walked out of my body and into the mountain” — Nan Shepherd
Join us for Into The Mountain, a remarkable guided walk and performance by artist and choreographer Simone Kenyon.
Sharing the culmination of 6 years’ research and collaboration with women who walk in the Cairngorms and with the mountains themselves, these performances will offer audiences the chance to immerse themselves in the extraordinary environment of Glenfeshie. This event brings together three guided walks with a new choreographic and vocal performance created for and with the mountain site. The work is performed by the Into The Mountain company, with vocal scores by artist Hanna Tuulikki, sung by a new choir of women local to the Cairngorms and led by vocalist Lucy Duncombe.
These performances take instruction from the specific site at which they take place as well as from Nan Shepherd’s lyrical and embodied prose in The Living Mountain (1974). Through this approach Kenyon and the wider artistic team explore our inter-relations with the more-than-human, making connections that offer multiple perspectives of this mountainous environment. The performance communicates across microscopic and expansive ecologies, and the sometimes-otherworldly sense of being in place described in Shepherd’s renowned text. This performance event invites the collective endeavour to spend a day walking out of our bodies and into the landscape.
The performance was open to just 30 audience members per performance in order to protect and conserve the site. With three walking groups, there were 10 tickets available per route. Each route was varied in length and required different levels of fitness. All groups were guided by a Mountain Leader and a facilitator, who offered frames to deepen participants’ modes of attention whilst in the mountain. We encouraged audiences to select a route relative to their hill walking experience and fitness levels.