Sunday 5 May, 12:00
The project, Into the Mountain, is the first of its kind, and has been developed over the past six years by artist and choreographer Simone Kenyon, in collaboration with hundreds of women who live and work in the Cairngorm Mountain Range.
At the project’s heart is The Living Mountain, Nan Shepherd’s celebrated book charting her own journeys into the harsh yet beautiful Cairngorm Mountain Range. Written in the 1940s during the Second World War, the Aberdeen writer’s book remained unpublished until 1977, and has recently been championed by luminaries of nature writing, including Robert Macfarlane. Indeed, her most famous quote ‘It’s a grand thing to get leave to live’, appears on the Scottish £5 note – and another line ‘I have walked out of my body and into the mountain’ is evocative of the guiding principles in this project.
The development of the project has been informed by exploratory workshops, an outdoor education programme, mountain leader traineeships, talks and meets within the Cairngorms National Park, Moray, Aberdeenshire and the central belt of Scotland. Simone will be discussing the project at Rise 2019 before it culminates in performances on Thursday 30 May (press view & stakeholders), Friday 31 May (public), Saturday 1 June (public) and Sunday 2 June (public and press view, with Take Me Somewhere Festival, Glasgow’s contemporary performance festival). Click here to find out more about the project.