The Stables has commissioned Under The Vaulted Sky - an ambitious dance performance featuring 100 people from the local area - from choreographer Rosemary Lee for IF: Milton Keynes International Festival 2014.
Inspired by Milton Keynes' magical Cathedral of Trees (near Willen Lake), Rosemary will create Under The Vaulted Sky to premiere at the Festival in July 2014. The performances will be the culmination of a year-long residency that will have seen Rosemary work with professional dancers and those ranging in experience from across the region.
Situated on an ancient ley line that runs through Central Milton Keynes, the Cathedral of Trees was planted more than 40 years ago on the exact footprint of Norwich Cathedral by landscape architect Neil Higson. Different species of trees represent the character of the Cathedral’s sections - hornbeam and tall-growing lime for the nave, evergreens to represent the central tower and spires, flowering cherry and apple as a focus in the chapels. In springtime, colourful bulbs represent the sun shining through stained glass windows onto the ground.
Rosemary’s vision for Under The Vaulted Sky will feature the participation of 100 dancers from the local area and live music commissioned from award-winning composer and instrument-maker Terry Mann.
The audience will be invited to promenade - to move and follow the performance as it weaves around the atmospheric environment of the Cathedral. Under The Vaulted Sky will premiere with public performances over the first weekend of the Festival.