Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 12:00

More than 300 students from across Cornwall will be performing a unique version of one of the most celebrated contemporary dance pieces ever at the Eden Project next week.

Fourteen schools and colleges will be showcasing their creative responses to Ghost Dances, the 1981 masterpiece by famed choreographer Christopher Bruce, on Thursday, July 20, in and around the Mediterranean Biome. 

In a creative cross-arts project entitled Ghost Dancers, the students aged from five to 18 have been working with internationally-renowned dance company Rambert and Cornish dance group Dance Republic 2.  

Set to traditional Chilean music, the original contemporary dance piece was written in tribute to the victims of political oppression in South America and tells the stories of the daily lives of ordinary people which are interrupted by death in the form of “ghost dancers”. 

The young people involved in the Ghost Dancers project have created their own interpretations of the piece through dance, music, and costumes, working with composers funded by the Cornwall Music Hub and artists Alessandra Ausenda, Amanda Lorens, and Lizzie Black. 

The students will be coming from Otterham School, Liskeard Hillfort, St Breock, St Wenn, Truro College, Robartes, Gorran, Pencalenick, Trewirgie, Pondhu, Roseland, Tregony, Gerrans and Lostwithiel, representing a wide range of ages and artistic talents. 

Christina Romero Cross from Dance Republic 2 said: “This exciting schools project will see local pupils in an inspiring promenade-style celebration of dance and music. 

“Located in specially selected sites in and around the Mediterranean Biome at the Eden Project, from the spiral garden to the grand steps and the story telling space inside the biome, visitors are invited to follow the map provided to find each performance and installation.  

“This is a great opportunity to see the Eden Project in an entirely new way.”

Bran Howell, Education Specialist at the Eden Project, said: “It’s going to be visually amazing. It’s fantastic to have such an exciting project with so many young people involved.”

The performances will take place from 1pm to 3pm on Thursday, July 20, in the Mediterranean Biome and is open to all visitors at no extra charge. 

Families of the performers can pre-book Eden admission tickets for a reduced rate through their respective schools.


***Media are invited to attend the event from 1pm on Thursday, July 20. Please contact Angelina Lambourn at for details.***