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Dance Republic 2 is an organisation, based in Cornwall, dedicated to the delivery of extraordinary dance experiences for audiences and participants of all ages in Cornwall. We are a not-for-profit community interest company (CIC).
The company’s work is driven by the vision and experience of its founders, Antony and Sarah Waller, informed greatly by the aspirations and ideas of our collaborators in dance in Cornwall and beyond, and is an expression of our particular attitudes and approaches to dance. It is also a direct reflection of what we wish to achieve creatively and collectively in Cornwall in coming years.
Cornwall is very good at celebration and very much an outdoors-y place.
Over the last decade, DR2’s founders have worked with a range of professional dance artists and companies, and artists from a wide range of disciplines, many of whom have made a significant contribution to dance events and programmes, particularly landscape or site based work. We want to nurture and re-kindle these relationships by through a bi-annual festival that celebrates great dance work made for the outdoors.
This is SALT, a festival of Landscape. Why SALT? Because there’s something in the air….
SALT presents dance work that has the capacity to excite and engage people. It has a range of work and styles, something for everyone- but whatever the style, it is extraordinary and authentic. We are particularly interested in work that has a relevance to contemporary culture in Cornwall, exploring links between dance makers based here and their collaborators across the UK and further abroad.
This aspiration leads us to natural collaborators- so we find ourselves working with National Trust and also Cornwall Council who manage so many of our extraordinary sites and locations- so we are looking at all sorts of coastal and inland locations that offer a creative challenge and an inspiration to dance makers, (whether they are 7 years old and go to school or internationally known choreographers, we aren’t fussed).