Native is a magical Northumbrian fairytale. Set in Northumberland England, the story follows the journey of the Raven and its quest to dispel a mysterious despair floating on the north-easterly wind....towards us. With the help of four paladins, the trees and the forest creatures we can only hope that raven will succeed and save our people, to save everything.
The story of Native is told entirely through live music and dance. Native was a site specific dance performance piece funded by the Arts Council England and involved over 100 community performers and crew. Filmed entirely on location at the stunning Cragside Estate in Northumberland, home to 7 million north American pine trees. This live public performance and subsequent film was produced by Dansformation and PictureCircle Films
It should be noted that because of weather conditions on the performance day, the show was canceled. The spirit of all involved, be it performer, crew or spectator, was such that we did an impromptu performance in the more sheltered courtyard and not the intended steep wooded valley stretching below. Despite this dramatic and spontaneous change of direction, the film en-devours to portray our original vision, using a mixture of rehearsal footage from the valley and footage from the courtyard to create a magical North Land fairytale on film, derived solely from a live site-specific dance performance.
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