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Landance by the Sea


Landance ran pop up performances on Weymouth promenade and beach in August 2018. A romantic duet, starting around the ornate shelters then descending to the water’s edge with the dancers silhouetted against the vast expanse of sand, sea and sky, it was inspired by the experience of young couples during WW1, falling in love, parting, reuniting with the Armistice. It was created and performed by Alessandro Marzotto Levy and Imogen Gray, with live clarinet & saxophone played by Charlie Hearnshaw.

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» I really enjoyed watching the Landance, it was totally unexpected yet highly entertaining. Being disabled, the one pastime I enjoy is people watching, so the dancing was most enjoyable «

We also performed the pop up in Weymouth Library, with an accompanying workshop.
Landance project partners were Dorset Libraries as Cultural Hubs.
The project was also supported by Arts Council England, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Activate, Batten’s Solicitors Charitable Trust, the Arts Development Company.

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» Inspiring and beautiful, a wonderful way to enjoy dance and art in the great outdoors «

Landance in Weymouth, 2018
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Landance created an evocative duet on Weymouth seafront. The coming together, parting and reunion experienced by young people during WW1, culminating in the Armistice 100 years ago, underpinned the mood of these performances which evolved on the promenade in and around the ornate shelters then descended to the water’s edge, the dancers silhouetted against the vast expanse of sand, sea and sky.
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It was created and performed by dance artists Alessandro Marzotto Levy and Imogen Gray, with Charlie Hearnshaw on clarinet and saxophone.

'I loved it, as it was moving, beautiful, gentle, evocative, subtle, high quality and not in your face. It evoked that era of the war and I loved how they utilised the infrastructure like the shelters with people who were already sitting there. The live music was very fitting’

'Some people I talked with said they found it mesmerising and how moving it was. It was interesting how people either very much watched it or ignored it. So it was almost like tapping into a memory that you accessed if you happened to look up and watch, whilst others were oblivious. Guess that is what happens in life – ie I remember taking a train trip and saw a fantastic murmuration of starlings. It was like my own private glimpse/happening as every other person in that carriage at that moment in time were engaged in their laptops and phones and so by not looking up they missed a beautiful imagery which is now a beautiful memory. Similarly those who missed the dance I felt missed out on a gentle treat. A happening in finite time.’

Landance 2017,
Dorchester
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Landance created a unique and vibrant promenade performance in central Dorchester in 2017, starting at dusk in the Maumbury Rings, a Neolithic Henge, then leading the audience into a fantastic urban landscape as darkness descended.
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Audience highlights:

‘The dancing at Maumbury Rings, the silhouettes on the high ramparts, against the sky at dusk...’

‘The two beautiful dancers in the long open stall with their intertwining and ever changing shadow choreography and the final wonderfully exciting, explosive, edgy urban dance’.

Landance collaborated with choreographer Alessandro Marzotto Levy & Patricia Langa from Impermanence, dancers Sophie Colthurst & Daniel Martin, music: Camilla Saunders, talented dance, music, costume and lighting assistants & youth dancers to develop the performance on site.

‘I didn't know who the professionals were & who were the youth dancers’.


Landance 2014,
Valley of Stones
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In 2014 Landance, in collaboration with Impermanence Dance Theatre, created promenade performances in the Valley of Stones’ ancient landscape, with a soundscape by Jez Riley French and trumpet by Jim Dvorak.
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Performances were an intuitive response to the valley's intriguing hidden places and expansive views. Five professional dancers, with two community dancers, led the audience through this National Nature Reserve in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, fusing dance, sound and visual art with the landscape.

»I enjoyed the performance hugely, and of the four I've attended this one was the most successful for me...
At one moment there was a kestrel hovering behind a single dancer on the skyline, magical. The words that come to mind are: beautiful, gentle, soft, vigorous, sensitive, intimate, mysterious, thoughtful, touching, absorbing, opening, engaging, peaceful, and for me emotional.«
This was an Associate Inside Out Dorset event, presented in partnership with Activate Performing Arts and Natural England.


Landance 2012,
Eggardon Hill
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Dancers, musicians and group leaders, led by choreographer Anna Golding, composer Andrew Dickson and director and visual artist Ella Huhne, collaborated with young emerging artists and local participants of all ages to develop two performances at Eggardon Hill in West Dorset. Landance also ran workshops at 6 primary schools, supported by a resource pack.
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‘Just magical! A beautiful amalgam of musical dance creativity and stunning landscape.’

‘The spirit of all performers (and audience) during the first day of bad weather was awe inspiring. We became part of the weather and the landscape .I spoke to two local men from the pub who had come on the first night and said they could not clap because they were crying. They were back on Sunday - they enjoyed it, but knew as we all did that something life-changingly spectacular had happened during the downpour on the first night. It was extraordinary how the sun and a rainbow appeared out of a creamy sky just as the last note of brass sounded. You cannot create this kind of work in a theatre. With this sort of work you are battling the elements and it involves risk, but the rewards are unpredictable and sublime, and the audience, the weather and the landscape become as much a part of the performance as us. Sustained spontaneous silence is a very very rare thing outside religious services, libraries or group meditation projects (and even these are not spontaneous.) And somehow, out of all those nuts and bolts, and small and large delegations, this is what we created.’

‘It was fantastic and probably one of the best outdoor performances I have seen and it certainly brought this ancient landscape steeped in ancient history to life in such a vibrant, passionate and moving way.’

‘This was truly spectacular. The music was haunting – a wonderful performance of singing and playing of stirring and beautiful music. The dancers were stunning – I especially enjoyed the children’s performances – the whole event was amazing.

‘I found the performance extremely moving. The location was stunning and the timing perfect for the evening light. It felt like a meditative act: the subtle harmonics of the choir and the haunting sound of the saxophone; the whole movement and sound so in harmony with the landscape. I loved that the choir were wearing earth tones and the dancers echoed the chalk of the landscape. The way the ridges, dips and peaks were used was very creative and using groups of different sizes kept the dance interesting. I loved the ‘white ribbon’ being part of the performance. It felt very much a community event and I was surprised and encouraged that there was such a large audience.

Landance in 2012 was granted the Inspire mark by the London 2012 London Inspire programme. It was a part of Big Dance within the Cultural Olympiad Maritime Mix, and was an Earth Festival Associated Event. The primary school workshops and resource pack were part of the Big Jurassic Classroom.
Landance in 2012 was part of the Cultural Olympiad 'Maritime Mix', was granted the Inspire mark and was supported by:


Landance 2010,
Castle Neroche
These performances, at Castle Neroche in the Blackdown Hills AONB, were part of the Cultural Olympiad ‘Count Me In’ weekend in September 2010.
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Lead Artists facilitated workshops open to all (8yrs & above) to develop these public performances: Dance: Anna Golding & Rachelle Green assisted by Vicky Hole & Kylie Sullivan, Music: Charlie Hearnshaw assisted by Sarah Samson, Artistic Director, Visual Art & Design: Ella Huhne assisted by Victoria Robinson, Film: Richard Tomlinson assisted by Matilda Denny, Freerunning was devised and performed by Dominic Rott (Devon Parkour) with Joe Williams & Chris Farmer.

Performers and Collaborators: Ruth Bell, Chris Farmer, Trudi Farmer, Alfie Golding, Erica Golding, George Green, Arainn Hawker, Sophie Larter, Josh Morris, Reuben Morris, Sue-Claire Morris, Clare Neenan, Luke Neenan, Laura Parsons, Flo Somers, Meg Somers, Joe Williams and Lorelei Webber.

Funded by Arts Council England, Dance South West, Somerset County Council, ‘Give it a Go’ and Holyrood Academy.


Landance 2010,
Woodbury Castle
These performances at Woodbury Castle in the East Devon AONB were part of East Devon’s Heath Week and the Cultural Olympiad ‘Discovering Places’ weekend.
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Lead Artists facilitated workshops open to all (8yrs & above) to develop these public performances: Dance: Anna Golding & Rachelle Green assisted by Janine Rowden, Jess Pawson and Izzy Curtis, Music: Charlie Hearnshaw assisted by Sarah Owen, Artistic Director, Visual Art & Design: Ella Huhne assisted by Kim Stoker and Isabel Denny, Film: Richard Tomlinson assisted by Matilda Denny, Freerunning devised by Dominic Rott (Devon Parkour) and performed by Joe Williams.

Performers and Collaborators: Honey Goddard, Alfie Golding, Frankie Golding, George Green, Josh Lewis, Millie Lewis, Sim Lewis, Reuben Morris, Victoria Robinson, Meg Somers, Lily Tomlinson, Michelle Wilkinson & Joe Williams with choir members and musicians, mainly from Sarah Owen’s Woodbury Choir: Sandra Andrews, John & Judith Ayres, Maxine Green, Mike Jeans, Lesley Lawn, Josh Lewis, Sim Lewis, Jan Owen, Hazel Pyatt, Frances Thomson and Judy Vallance.

Funded by East Devon AONB, Dance In Devon, Dance South West, Devon County Council and Arts Council England.


Landance 2009,
Castle Neroche
Dance Artists Anna Golding and Rachelle Green collaborated with Visual Artist Ella Huhne on the facilitation of ‘Border Dance’, part of the Blackdown Hills Artists and Makers (BHAAM) group entry in Somerset Art Weeks (SAW 09). Castle Neroche, the site for the workshops and performances, was used as inspiration as was the theme of borders.
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This project involved members of the community of all ages from Chard in Somerset and the surrounding areas.

Creative Dance Sessions, incorporating dance and visual art, culminated in performances at Castle Neroche in the Blackdown Hills on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September. The music was by Charlie Hearnshaw, and a short documentary DVD of the project was made by Richard Tomlinson.

Collaborators and performers: Sophie Bean, Alfie Golding, Frankie Golding, George Green, Elizabeth Mc Sweeney, Sue-Claire Morris, Cleo Parsons, Laura Parsons, George Rickard, Olivia Sanders, Carl Smith-Hobbs, Jacob Turner, Karen Turner, Lorelei Webber, Anna Whitefield, Milly Whitefield.

The project was funded by Holyrood Community School, the Blackdown Hills AONB SDF, South Somerset County Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council and The Neroche Scheme, with in kind support from East Devon District Council.


Landance 2007,
Quarts Moor
The first Landance was performed amongst the ancient beech trees at Quarts Moor in the Blackdown Hills.
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Ella Huhne collaborated with choreographer Joanne Willmott, who created these performances with dancers Nicola Penfold, Steph Leitner and Laura Parsons. They performed with Taunton Youth Dance Company members Kayleigh Crook, Felicity Kerr and Edward Pearce, all of whom now work professionally in dance. The musicians were Steve Rook, Ronni Spurr, Nico Huhne and Bill Guerre. With thanks to the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Leader + fund and Taunton Deane Borough Council. The use of Quarts Moor by kind permission of the National Trust.


Outstanding dance in exceptional places.
Landance animates outdoor spaces with engaging and atmospheric live dance performances.

Professional artists in dance, music and design develop the performances on site.

Young artists develop skills as paid assistants working alongside the professionals, gaining experience in order to take on professional roles within future projects. Youth and community dancers join the professionals to create some Landance performances.

Since 2006 Landance has commissioned professional artists to create dance performances in landscapes and towns, attracting audiences from rural areas, market towns and urban centres. Performances have extended the audience’s experience of art and landscape, enlivening it with the relationship between people and environment, providing a lasting memory of place.

Workshops in libraries and local schools are inspired by each project and focus on creative connection with place, audience development and depth of engagement.

Landance, not for profit organisation since 2006 & community interest company since 2010.

Landance is grateful to:
Arts Council England, local dance and arts organisations, local councils, Dorset Library Service, South West AONBs (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), countryside agencies, local businesses and nationwide Trusts for their professional and financial support.
»I enjoyed the entire performance, its exquisite depth and sensitivity to the landscape which I felt you honoured with the beauty of what you created.«

Landance in 2018
Alessandro Marzotto Levy
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Alessandro was the lead choreographer and performer for the Weymouth project. He collaborated with dance artist Imogen Gray, a past assistant now working for us in a professional capacity, to create this duet. He uses improvisation as the basis for developing work, responding to sites and collaborators creatively. He was the lead choreographer/ dancer for Landance in 2017 and in 2014. He is a member of Impermanence Dance Theatre who develop work through collaboration and perform all over the UK to critical acclaim. He has also worked as a dancer with other leading dance companies, including a new dance / opera production with the Berlin Opera in 2018. He trained at Ballet Rambert.
Charlie Hearnshaw
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Charlie improvised on solo clarinet and saxophone on the Weymouth project, creating music inspired by Sydney Bechet's 1944 recording of Blue Horizon. He was the composer and musician for the Landance project in 2009 and both the Landance projects in 2010. He has collaborated as composer and performer with dance and theatre companies. He recently made a documentary film with original music Victorian Spinning in The Twenty First Century. Modern jazz clarinet has been his main focus and he has had his own jazz quartet since leaving music college. Charlie has also recorded clarinet and sax accompanied by various animals, birds and machines: Sheepsong and Jura Solo proving to be two of his most popular tracks in this style.
Ella Huhne
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Ella directed the Weymouth project. She was assisted by Eleanor Watson, who sourced and adapted the costumes, filmed creation and rehearsal work for us to discuss and improve upon with the performers and was in charge of Landance social media posts. Ella is the artistic director of Landance, which she founded in 2006. She has directed and led the design of Landance projects. She has created the visual art for site specific performances and designed sets and costumes for dance, modern and classical ballet, opera, theatre and television, including designs for a Britten opera at Wells Cathedral filmed by BBC2, costume designs for the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden and for a film by Nikki de St Phalle.
Landance in 2017
Alessandro Marzotto Levy
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Alessandro was the lead choreographer and a performer for the Dorchester project. He uses improvisation as the basis for developing work and responds to sites and collaborators in a creative and imaginative way. He led the R&D work in Dorchester in 2016 and was the lead choreographer/ dancer for Landance in 2014 in the Valley of Stones. He is a member of Impermanence Dance Theatre who develop work through collaboration and perform all over the UK to critical acclaim. He has also worked as a dancer with other leading dance companies. He trained at Ballet Rambert.
Camilla Saunders
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Camilla was the composer for the Dorchester project, playing the piano in Maumbury Rings, developing improvisation work that she recorded in 2016 and creating the sound score for the market area in collaboration with her assistant Jakob op den Brouw. They recorded voices and sounds during market day which were incorporated into the sound score. She is a composer, musician, free improviser and performer with a background in theatre. She facilitates improvisation workshops with children and adults of all ages, and has worked with people from many different cultural backgrounds.
Ella Huhne
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Ella is the artistic director of Landance, which she founded in 2006. She has created the visual art for site specific performances and designed sets and costumes for dance, modern and classical ballet, opera, theatre and television, including designs for a Britten opera at Wells Cathedral filmed by BBC2, costume designs for the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden and for a film by Nikki de St Phalle. In Dorchester Ella was assisted in costume design by Poppy Hargreaves and Georgina Hoare, who sourced and created the costumes and by OT Event technicians and lighting design assistant Eleanor Watson who collaborated to light the performance.
Landance in 2014
Impermanence Dance Theatre
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Impermanence is a community of artists constituted by a core of dance artists working collaboratively with people from a broad range of backgrounds. Core company members and dancers working with Landance: Roseanna Anderson, Josh Ben-Tovim, Alessandro Marzotto- Levy, Patricia Langa and Sophie Colthurst.
Jez riley French
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Jez is a sound artist whose work involves elements of intuitive composition, field recording (using conventional & extended methods), photographic images / photographic scores and improvisation. Recent commissions include works for Tate Modern and Tate Britain + organisations in Italy, Australia, Belgium, France, Portugal, Latvia, Japan & Korea.
Ella Huhne
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Ella is the artistic director of Landance, which she founded in 2006. She has created the visual art for site specific performances and designed sets and costumes for dance, modern and classical ballet, opera, theatre and television, including designs for a Britten opera at Wells Cathedral filmed by BBC2, costume designs for the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden and for a film by Nikki de St Phalle.
Landance in 2012
Andrew Dickson
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Andrew is a composer working in theatre and film. He has composed Award winning music for Mike Leigh, working on six of his films. He has composed the music for eight Community plays, working with Ann Jellicoe and the Dorchester Community Players. Andrew teaches composition and music and runs a choir in West Dorset.
Anna Golding
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Anna, choreographer and dance facilitator, is a contemporary dance practitioner who has worked extensively with community groups of all ages and abilities in London and the South West.
Ella Huhne
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Ella is the artistic director of Landance, which she founded in 2006. She has created the visual art for site specific performances and designed sets and costumes for dance, modern and classical ballet, opera, theatre and television, including designs for a Britten opera at Wells Cathedral filmed by BBC2, costume designs for the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden and for a film by Nikki de St Phalle.
Landance in 2010
Woodbury Castle and
at Castle Neroche
Anna Golding
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Anna, choreographer and dance facilitator, is a contemporary dance practitioner who has worked extensively with community groups of all ages and abilities in London and the South West.
Rachelle Green
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Rachelle, choreographer, dance facilitator and performer has also worked as a teacher, researcher, writer and manager. She delivers and manages projects in the South West, working with young children, adults with learning disabilities, older people and youth groups.
Charlie Hearnshaw
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Charlie is a musician and composer. He is a clarinet and saxophone player and leads various bands who perform regularly in the South West and in France. He also teaches music in Somerset.
Ella Huhne
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Ella is the artistic director of Landance, which she founded in 2006. She has created the visual art for site specific performances and designed sets and costumes for dance, modern and classical ballet, opera, theatre and television, including designs for a Britten opera at Wells Cathedral filmed by BBC2, costume designs for the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden and for a film by Nikki de St Phalle.
Landance in 2009
Anna Golding
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Anna, choreographer and dance facilitator, is a contemporary dance practitioner who has worked extensively with community groups of all ages and abilities in London and the South West.
Rachelle Green
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Rachelle, choreographer, dance facilitator and performer has also worked as a teacher, researcher, writer and manager. She delivers and manages projects in the South West, working with young children, adults with learning disabilities, older people and youth groups.
Charlie Hearnshaw
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Charlie is a musician and composer. He is a clarinet and saxophone player and leads various bands who perform regularly in the South West and in France. He also teaches music in Somerset.
Ella Huhne
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Ella is the artistic director of Landance, which she founded in 2006. She has created the visual art for site specific performances and designed sets and costumes for dance, modern and classical ballet, opera, theatre and television, including designs for a Britten opera at Wells Cathedral filmed by BBC2, costume designs for the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden and for a film by Nikki de St Phalle.
Landance in 2007
Joanne Willmott
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Joanne is the artistic director of Influx Dance Company. Joanne choreographed the first Landance project in 2007 at Quarts Moor in the Blackdown Hills. She has created work in India, the Gambia and the USA.
Ella Huhne
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Ella is the artistic director of Landance, which she founded in 2006. She has created the visual art for site specific performances and designed sets and costumes for dance, modern and classical ballet, opera, theatre and television, including designs for a Britten opera at Wells Cathedral filmed by BBC2, costume designs for the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden and for a film by Nikki de St Phalle.

Dancing in the land
by Ella Huhne and Anna Golding.
This article, first published in the Winter 2012 edition of Animated magazine, is reproduced by permission of Foundation for Community Dance. All Rights Reserved.
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Ella is the artistic director of Landance, which she founded in 2006. She has created the visual art for site specific performances and designed sets and costumes for dance, modern and classical ballet, opera, theatre and television, including designs for a Britten opera at Wells Cathedral filmed by BBC2, costume designs for the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden and for a film by Nikki de St Phalle.


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