Between Body and Mountain workshop

with Simone Kenyon

10:00 Wed 1 May – 12:00 Friday 3 May, 2019

Glenfeshie, Aviemore, Scotland and Kincraig Community Hall Association. (Accomodation the night before is available so that participants can start on the Wednesday morning).

£150 – individuals / £200 for funded organisations. (Includes all evening meals and accommodation on the workshop plus travel assistance to get to Rise 2019 at Findhorn on Friday 3 May)

“ What more there is lies within the mountain. Something moves between it and me. Place and a mind may interpenetrate till the nature of both is altered. ”Nan Shepherd, The Living Mountain.
Join artist and choreographer Simone Kenyon to explore the practices, training and research she has developed over the past 6 years in creating Into The Mountain. Informed by Nan Shepherds’ prose and her invitation to come to know a place through sensory and embodied encounter, Into The Mountain is a guided walk and performance that attempts an unearthing of movement and bodily knowledge of the Cairngorms mountain range.

This 2. 5 day workshop will introduce elements of Simone’s approaches to making movement work in relation to outdoor environments. The workshops will include walking and working in the hills and studio-based physical research.  Drawing upon Body Weather training and somatic practices to tune our sensory and embodied focus through touch-based and imagination-led exploration. This refining of gentle attentiveness to human and non-human connectivity will frame the work outdoors around the Glenfeshie area.

For further information about Into the Mountain activity please visit:

Who is this for: For professional dancers and performance makers, with an interest to work physically in the studio, outdoors and in all weathers. The maximum number of people on the course will be 12.

What to bring: Please bring appropriate walking boots, waterproofs and warm clothing for walking in Scottish mountain climate. A full kit list will be sent prior to the workshop. It is essential you have appropriate outdoor gear to safely spend a full day out on the hills, stopping to work and moving in this environment. If you require advice and support please contact the organisers

Where: Glenfeshie Hostel, Kincraig, Inverness-shire PH21 1NH.

Meals: Two evening meals will be provided on Wednesday 1 May and Thursday 2 May. Please bring any additional food you may require for the day including alternative milk substitutes for drinks and your choice of bread.

About Simone Kenyon: Simone Kenyon is an Edinburgh based artist, choreographer, mountaineering enthusiast, academic and Feldenkrais practitioner. For the past 19 years she has worked across dance and outdoor arts to create work that encompasses movement practices, ecology and place, walking arts and participatory events for both urban and rural contexts. Her solo work considers walking as a choreographic practice and sensory perception of environments in relation to place and performance. Her acclaimed 2006 work with Tamara Ashley in which they walked and created performance events on the 270-mile UK route, The Pennine Way, paved the way for invitations to develop her unique practice.

Simone’s work has been shown at Somerset House, The Hayward Gallery and Sadlers Wells in London among others, going on to tour across Europe and Asia. Simone was awarded a full scholarship from The University of Leeds to undertake a Practice as Research PhD that critically engages themes and practices of embodiment, boundary, immersion, transcendence, agency, gender, subjectivity and hybridity when walking and performing in mountainous terrains.

Simone was a Tramway Associate Artist in 2017 and is currently a Dance North Scotland,  DNA artist.

Travel info: Train stations at Kingussie (15km) and Aviemore (15km). Buses stop at Kingussie and Aviemore; a limited number stop at Kincraig (7km). If you are planning to come by train please contact us and we will organise transport between Kingussie and the hostel.

By car or bike: from Kingussie take B9152 to Kincraig. Turn right at Kincraig, down unclassified road, after 2 km turn left onto B970 towards Feshiebridge. After travelling 1.5km, cross the River Feshie, travel another 300mtrs and then turn right onto a road signposted hostel, follow for 4km.

*Dance North is keep to support any car sharing possibilities between participants. If you would like to do this please let us know.


The project is commissioned and produced by Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW) and co-commissioned by Dance North, City Moves, The Tramway and Cairngorms National Park Authority. It is also supported by Mountaineering ScotlandAberdeenshire Council and Creative Scotland.