Bodmin Moor offers more than just daytime delights. With its Dark Sky status, it is also one of the best places in the UK to stargaze and celebrate the universe.
On a clear night, the starlit sky on Bodmin Moor is a spectacular sight. And as a protected area with lots of Dark Sky sites to choose from, there are lots of adventures to be had.
Whether you’re looking to explore the cosmos through a telescope, find inspiration in its vastness, or simply lie back and admire it, it’s an unmissable experience.
Our community dance piece on Sunday evening, The Moon is Huge Tonight, wove tender, sensual and sleepy movement with an intimate conversation on the threshold of waking and sleeping. The poem was written by Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival Director Ann Gray as part of the Bodmin Moor ‘Dark Skies’ project, which celebrates the natural wonder of the stars and night-time, and the dance was choreographed by Sam Lawrence. It was a lovely piece to bring this year’s festival to its close, leading our audience into our final reading.
The piece also tied up our theme of connection well; the cast was a mix of intergenerational and local dancers, all of whom have worked hard over the last few weeks to rehearse the piece with Sam in preparation for the festival. And their hard work paid off!
The performance was heartwarming and thoughtfully choreographed. As the light from the last day of the festival dipped behind the theatre, the dancers slept, woke, snuggled and led each other through the spaces between waking and sleeping. Dandelion seeds floated around them from outside, coincidentally adding to the sleepy, mystical atmosphere.
The Moon is Huge Tonight was accompanied by Nightfishing on Mars, an experimental poetry and visual art project, and The Nightfishing, a solo dance piece to W. S. Graham’s bravura long poem.
Nightfishing on Mars was a collaboration project with writer and Martiallite Sarah Cave and Liskeard Hillfort School. During Sarah’s residency at the school, the children have imagined and re-imagined landscape, language and space travel through collaborative poetry and visual art workshops. The Nightfishing solo dance was commissioned by the festival, danced by Luke Antysz, and narrated by actor Tristan Sturrock, son of Sterts founders Ewart and Annie, Kneehigh stalwart, and star in Poldark (playing Zachy Martin).
The pieces wove a fabulous ending to what has been a wonderful festival.
What events did you enjoy most? It might be hard to pick a favourite - there were so many great readings and performances to choose from - but we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Thank you for reading and coming along to the festival - we look forward to next year!
By Charlotte Rayment
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