Julia McGhee | The Bog Blanket

Julia McGhee Summer 2022

Photo credit: Brian Hartley

25 - 29 April

During my Dance Base residency I plan to develop my work-in-progress called “The Bog Blanket” - a dance solo inspired by the landscape and wildlife of the Flow Country in Caithness and Sutherland. The piece explores elements of the natural environment of the Flow Country: the tussocky hummocks of grasses, heather and moss that are found in bog pools; the rivulets of water trickling through the peatland; the wind shifting and changing, causing everything from tiny sprigs of heather to treetops to vibrate. It also portrays my own human response as I’ve walked through this unique part of the Highlands: my thought processes and reflections on parts of my life that have brought me to where I am and who I am now.

During this residency, I would like to explore further how my portrayal of elements of the natural environment meets the more auto-biographical elements of the work. How aspects of my inner self and my perceptions of the external world are communicated through dance, movement, puppetry and interaction with costume.

This solo was originally commissioned by What Moves You CIC in partnership with Lyth Arts Centre and features original music by Quee MacArthur and costume by Mona Kastell.

Julia McGhee | Lead Artist

Dawn Hartley Christine Devaney | Collaborators

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Supported through our Artist Residency Programme


Residency Sharings

Company Sharing | Thursday 28 April 16:00 - 17:00

I would like to invite younger dancers (aged 5-10 years) to join me in the studio for a performance of "The Bog Blanket" and to join in with some of the creative ideas I used to make the solo.

Book your place here by selecting the date of the sharing or class, or just turn up on the day.

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