Published: July 7, 2017

Cornwall College St Austell 16-18

Hundreds of people experienced a magical evening at Pinetum Gardens, which saw dancers, actors and community achieve an exceptional feat of storytelling.

The story of Soul Birds, Love Letters and Families saw the audience being led around the beautiful gardens, taking part in places and watching the magnificent performance.

Suzie West, Director of SpinDrift Dance Collective and Artistic Director of The Soul Birds said that the project has been “good for the soul”, with a 100-strong cast ranging from six-years-old to 70.

“It has been a real journey of celebrating and cherishing love in all its guises,” she continued.

“It has been an open-hearted community project that has brought lots of different groups of dancers from St Austell and beyond together. We have made a truly magical show in a very beautiful garden and we are delighted by the hundreds of people that came to engage and interact.”

Cornwall College Student Dancer, Tori Trudgian explained how much she loved dancing with Spindrift and Far Flung Dance companies on the project.

“It has certainly been a challenge; the layout of the garden meant that I’ve had to consider how to adapt to my movement to ensure I didn’t go rolling into the lake,” she explained.

“I’m really lucky to have experienced this project; it made us all feel like one big family.”

Team Lead for Performing Arts at St Austell Campus, Jess Leonard said it had been “such a privilege to work with Spindrift Dance Collective on this beautiful project and such a challenge for my dancers”.

“To perform alongside professional dance artists at their age is also such an amazing opportunity; they held their own and danced with such grace and presence throughout,” she continued.

“We will definitely continue the excellent relationship we have built during this project and are looking forward to more collaboration pieces in the future.”

The performance was made possible by Arts Council Funding and support from Cornwall College, the huge cast of performers were made up of Cornwall College BTEC Dancers and Actors, Dancers, musicians and storytellers from SpinDrift Dance Collective, Inclusive dancers from Farflung Dance Theatre, 4FS Youth Dance, Hall for Cornwall Youth Dance Company, St Mewan Primary, Falmouth College BTEC Fuel Students, Continuum Dancers from Lostwithiel, and Year 9 students from The Roseland Academy.

There are two fantastic new courses starting at St Austell Campus this September; One with Musical Theatre pathway with Dancing, Singing and Acting and ‘Altitude’ which is a Contemporary Focussed Extended Diploma that has guaranteed entry to the BA (Hons) Degree to do Dance at Falmouth.


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