BLACK ROCK is a digital performance that explores the extraordinary desire of humans to move through mountains, to scale vertical walls and to seek new physical and intellectual heights.
The project climbs from two of climbing legend Johnny Dawes’ first ascents in Snowdonia, to wider concepts of risk, vertigo, adventure, partnership and the physical boundaries between body and rock. BLACK ROCK traces the meanings of mountains, a narrative, collaged and momentary. These spaces are both a home and a void, a cradle for inspiration, and a corridor to death. They are blurred by mist but sharp in our fingers.
Directed and designed by multi award-winning artist David Shearing, this unique multimedia environment presents a newly commissioned sound score by artist and composer James Bulley with choreography by Carlos Pons Guerra and poetic text by Claire Carter.
Supported and funded by University of Leeds, Arts Council England and co-commissioned by Kendal Mountain Festival.