Tower - a dance, music, photography installation & community project

The installation was created by taking a specially created dance solo to King Alfred's tower (Stourhead), Nunney Castle (English Heritage) and the Round Tower (Black Swan Arts, Frome) where it was photographed and sound recorded. Each tower has its own distinct character and shape. The installation draws on the material gathered from all three sites telling the story of the solo from beginning to end. Found sounds; clang of a door, scrape of a foot, moan of the wind, are woven into an especially composed piece of music which forms an integral part of the installation. The artists also explored alternative ways of presenting dance and photography encouraging the viewer to ‘dance’ as they walk around the exhibition.

The installation was exhibited at:

  • Black Swan Arts in 1st – 29th April 2006
  • King Alfred's Tower 30th May – 11th June 2006.

The King Alfred's Exhibition was part of the Salisbury International Arts Festival as an outreach event.

The project was a celebration of the local landscape and the people who live within it. An ambitious community dance performance project accompanied the King Alfred's Exhibition. Dance Artist Katy Lee worked with community groups from the three counties of Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset, to create an outdoor performance in front of King Alfred's

The participants explored their own creative responses to the notion of ‘tower’, and more specifically to King Alfred's Tower. During the rehearsal period participants visited the site to soak up the atmosphere and try out ideas. Katy was particularly looking at how their perception of a site changed as they worked with it.

Each group worked on specific sections of the piece but the majority of the work involved the whole of the cast of 30 -40 participants. The final piece was performed on Sunday 4th June at 3pm in front of King Alfred's Tower.

Funds were raised from North Dorset District Council to support the project.

‘Tower’ was supported by Arts Council England South West, English Heritage, Black Swan Arts, Take Art, Activate , North Dorset District Council, Salisbury International Arts Festival, Salisbury District Council and The National Trust.