SpinDrift Dance Collective


Birds of a feather, sticking together to celebrate why we love Clay Country.

Look out for ‘The Flock’ as it moves through St Austell, appearing and disappearing, telling stories, dancing in doorways and highlighting landscapes and environments.


11:30 – 12:15 Installations in Fore street and on route to Aylmer Square  

12:15 Installation storytelling in Alymer Square 

12:30 – 1:00 Performance in South Square 

1:00 – 1:30 Free workshop with SpinDrift Dance and join the Flock.  Participants are encouraged to join in with the afternoon’s performance.  Meet at the Festival Hub, South Square.  

2:00 – 2:45 Installations in Fore street and on route to Aylmer Square 

2:45 Installation storytelling in Aylmer Square

3:00 – 3:30 Performance in South Square  

Flock is a new research and performance project by SpinDrift Dance Collective.  

The project was inspired by an article about Emily Atkinson and her fellow female founders of the RSPB, who protested the use of feathers and plumage for fashion.

Suzie West, Director of SpinDrift says “Those women have so many parallels to now. I think that we can use vibrant, intelligent and imaginative groups of women and girls to bridge the gap between ecology, conservation, history and the future vision of our native spaces and natural places” 

Since August this year, ‘Flocks’ of dancers, artists, writers and members of the public have been exploring the environs of Wheal Martyn Clay Works, Treeife House and the Plymouth Barbican to investigate the natural world, the people, the memories, the stories, invisible voices and  future voices.  They have asked: What does the outdoors mean to you? What makes a place so special is it worth conserving? What would our message be for this place? What would our message be for now? What is important to us? What do we want to protect? What changes can we make for the better? 

Brought to you by SpinDrift Dance Collective: Local Artists, Local Creativity. Kindly supported by Fuse, Breeze, Whitegold Festival and Wheal Martyn Clay Works