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Watch this film about Wheal Martyn's 'Clay' dance collaboration

Woman and girl performing a dance in front of audience, dressed in grey clay coloured outfits

Wheal Martyn has released of a film celebrating the success of their community project that took place last autumn. ‘Clay’ was performed in the museum in front of a large and enthusiastic audience last October. This Community Dance Festival was the culmination of weeks of work with school and community groups from the area.

Jo Willis, Creative Director of Shallal Dance, led workshops exploring movement and shape inspired by the dramatic and beautiful landscape of Wheal Martyn Clay Works. Jo choreographed performances from Mevagissey School, Doubletrees School, St Austell Home Ed Group, Shallal2 and Out There, creating a spectacular ensemble that told the stories of the clay works.

Watch the film about the project below

Following the success of the Shallal Community Dance Festival, Wheal Martyn are thrilled to announce a new partnership with SpinDrift Dance Collective, who are bringing a community dance performance project to St Austell's doorstep in 2018 with 'Clay Walks' at Wheal Martyn.

Collaborating with Cornwall College and Wheal Martyn, SpinDrift are currently seeking schools to partner the project and be part of the creative process as well as the performances. This will be a unique and affordable opportunity to work as a large cast, co-creating and collaborating with the SpinDrift dancers and performing in a site specific environment – the unique and beautiful Wheal Martyn.

There will be workshops in the spring for anyone (individuals and groups) in the community who wish to get involved. With live music, dance, storytelling and interactive activities, it will be an immersive production that has the heart of Clay Country at its centre - and most importantly, the people of Clay Country in the production! Workshops will commence in the spring, preparing for the performances on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 June at Wheal Martyn.

Schools and community groups who wish to be a part of the exciting production should contact Suzie West or Gemma Martin