BLACK ROCK is a multimedia performance that explores the extraordinary desire of humans to move through mountains, to scale vertical walls and to seek new physical and intellectual heights.
The project builds from two of Johnny Dawes’ first ascents in Snowdonia, to wider concepts of risk, vertigo, adventure, partnership and the physical boundaries between body and rock. BLACK ROCK traces the meanings of mountains, a narrative, collaged and momentary. These spaces are both a home and a void, a cradle for inspiration, and a corridor to death. They are blurred by mist but sharp in our fingers. Directed and designed by multi award-winning artist David Shearing, this unique multimedia environment presents a newly commissioned sound score by artist and composer James Bulley with choreography by Carlos Pons Guerra, poetic text by Claire Carter and digital technology by Invisible Flock. 
Direction & Design: David Shearing
Text: Claire Carter
Composition: James Bulley
Choreography: Carlos Pons Guerra
Digital Consultants: Invisible Flock
Dramaturge: Jonathan Pitches
Project Mentor: Louise Ann Wilson
Project Advisor: Henry Iddon 
Climbing Mentor: Johnny Dawes 
Production Manager: Matt Sykes-Hooban
Performers: Ariadna Saltó Mestre, Marivi Da Silva
Design Assistant: Jonny Dowsett
Supported and funded by University of LeedsArts Council England and co-commissioned by Kendal Mountain Festival.
Part of performing-mountains.leeds.ac.uk 
Photography: Tom Joy
Illustration: Tessa Lyons
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