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Road to the Beach: The Edge

The Road to the Beach was a major participatory performance event developed in partnership with The Works, Creative Partnerships Cornwall and The Extreme Academy. Bringing together a team of visual artists, local dancers and Motionhouse, Kevin directed a participatory process in Cornish schools spanning 9 months. The process began with an 'inspiration week' for school children in October 2003 and through 9 residency workshop and devising weeks, it culminated in the performance The Edge on the tidal beach at Watergate Bay, Cornwall on 25 June 2004.

Created as a series of thematically linked performance chapters, The Edge drew its audience along the length of the beach. Drawing on themes of the sea - from a pirate fleet and Botticelli's Venus, to giant windmills and sandcastles, from singing sirens on the rocks to the 100 strong 'sea of boys' - and culminating in Machine Dance, for 4 dancers and 4 JCB diggers, The Edge pushed back the boundaries of site based events.

The Edge was performed by a cast of 700 – with school children dancing alongside professionals - to an audience of 2,500.

Premiered | 25 June 2004, Watergate Bay, Cornwall, UK

Credits
Conceived & Directed by
Kevin Finnan
Choreography
Kevin Finnan & the Company
Dancers
Caroline Bridges, Vanessa Cook, Junior Cunningham, Dave McKenna, Helen Parlor & Lisi Perry

  "Excellent entertainment – unusual, clever
& meaningful"

Audience Member

Junior Cunningham and community performers in Motionhouse’s Road to the Beach. Photography by Steve Tanner and Morgan Lowndes

Caroline Bridges, Vanessa Cook, Junior Cunningham and Lisi Perry in Motionhouse’s Road to the Beach. Photography by Steve Tanner and Morgan Lowndes
Motionhouse’s Road to the Beach. Photography by Steve Tanner and Morgan Lowndes
 
 
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Lisi Perry, Vanessa Cook and Caroline Bridges in Motionhouse’s Road to the Beach. Photography by Steve Tanner and Morgan LowndesMotionhouse’s Road to the Beach. Photography by Steve Tanner and Morgan LowndesMotionhouse’s Road to the Beach. Photography by Steve Tanner and Morgan LowndesMotionhouse’s Road to the Beach. Photography by Steve Tanner and Morgan LowndesMotionhouse’s Road to the Beach. Photography by Steve Tanner and Morgan Lowndes

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