We need your help to get this show on the road! Support Cscape's national tour of an exciting new dance project called Taste which, despite having funding in place to create and devise the work, currently will not be able to get out there due to lack of funds for the actual tour of the show. With already 40 dates booked into the tour schedule, which equates to 6000 audience members, it would be devastating if we can't raise the funds for this work to be seen.
Just a small contribution will enable us to find match funding, which will in turn allow us to bring our unique style of work to rural and not-so-rural venues across the UK. As a Cornish company, we have earned a reputation for creating warm, witty and accessible dance theatre shows over the past twelve years, and Taste is no exception. In particular the company loves to tour to rural audiences who would rarely see work of this genre, offering people a chance to experience something inspirational that’s right on their doorstep - and right up their street.
Inspired by the tapestries of Grayson Perry, Taste is a delicious romp of a show with humour, irreverence and playfulness at its heart. Blending dance from choreographer Sally Knight (Cscape, Kneehigh), theatre from Neil Paris (Fabulous Beast) and writing from Murray Lachlan Young (BBC Radio), Taste explores what defines our identity and ponders the intricacies behind our choices. As refreshing as your perfect cup of tea.
We have just completed a two week research and development phase of the work, a video of which you can watch above.
Taste will tour to over 40 venues across Cornwall, the South West and beyond, with dates to be announced soon, and forms part of the Shift & Share Strategic Touring Programme, managed by Pavilion Dance South West.
Tea: how do you take yours? Milk no sugar. Milk in first. No milk at all? Builders, Earl Grey... Herbal?
What’s behind our choices? What defines our identity? Do we really fall into “social tribes” and if so, how far up the social ladder is our tribe? Can we climb higher?
Aside from providing much needed support for the general running costs of the tour (accommodation, travel and wages for the Cscape team), your money will allow us to seek out match-funding for an exciting programme of education and outreach projects, which will go hand in hand with the tour.
We want to create a package that can be offered to primary and secondary schools, which will contain workshops for young people led by our fantastic team of dancers, as well as an INSET for teachers, called 'Dance for the Terrified"; this is a resource pack to give teachers the confidence to continue developing dance ideas from the show. Most importantly we will also offer young people discounted tickets to see Taste.
"All I hoped for and more...Most staff have been thinking how the show and workshop can enhance our work - loads of possibilities... Its great having experts come into school. For most children it was their first experience of contemporary dance and many had never considered dancing as a proper 'job' so it certainly has helped to open up a few possibilities and ideas." Stef Brighouse, Deputy Head at St Agnes School, on previous Cscape show If The Shoe Fits and the subsequent workshop.
We will also be developing A Young Ambassadors Scheme and an intern placement both to allow us to grow audiences for dance work within rural communities and, by employing an intern, to successfully support someone at the start of their career in the arts sector.
"Working with Cscape as an intern has been a joy: I have learnt so much from Sally and the team, and have been fully supported the whole way. I know that I now have the skills I need and the lasting connections, both of which are vital, to make a career in this industry. And who knew work could be fun?!" Millie Jones, 2015 Cscape intern.
Since 2003 Cscape has created 23 performance projects, including 6 works for small scale touring, including "Below", "Guilty Fingers", "Blonde", "Enjoy Your Stay", "When The Shops Shut" and a work for children, "If The Shoe Fits". Each tour has reached audiences across the UK, and all projects combine to 598 shows, to total in excess of 60,000 audience members. 'The Venus Flower' was an outdoor promenade project in 2013, performed at Trebah Gardens and Cotehele (National Trust properties) that incorporated a cast of professional dancers with a community company of 140 people, presented as part of the SALT FESTIVAL of landscape dance.
“We make dance for people, inside and outside, above and below the ground, in village halls, theatres, schools and community centres. We create performance and education projects that give people the confidence to immerse themselves in contemporary performance. We are inspired by the landscape and community of Cornwall and the southwest. Whatever our project, we attack it with passion and creativity, hoping to be more brave and bold than the project before.” Sally Knight, Artistic Director.
Cscape began with a commitment to blending imaginative physical theatre with energetic choreography, and an over-arching ambition to make contemporary dance accessible and engaging for all. A small-scale dance company that specialises in dance work with a strong narrative content, Cscape has an established reputation for an extremely high standard of performance and a unique capacity to engage and enthuse both existing dance audiences and new audiences. The company also develops and has a specialism in creating site-specific outdoor work, dance productions for the rural touring network, and developing complementary education programmes for children & young people, particularly those that are disadvantaged & living in challenging circumstances. Our education programmes have a very positive impact on the education of students in both primary and secondary education and bring creativity and dance to children and young people at a time when sport and physical activity including dance is being marginalised within the curriculum.
In 2014 Cscape was invited to become a Resident Company of the Hall for Cornwall.
All photographs taken by Steve Tanner. Video filmed and edited by Hana Backland.