Binding  Threads


Local history celebrated in modern dance.

The children of St Tudy School presented an outdoor performance called 'Binding Threads', weaving together strands of past and present life in St Tudy on Friday 21st July  and Saturday 22nd July 2000 around the centre of the village.  Binding Threads is based on the book 'The Binding Stone', memories of St Tudy 1900 to 2000, compiled by local residents Mavis Kingdon and Sue Dibble.

The production was the culmination of a stimulating and intensive weeks work by the school with the assistance of professional dancer David Greeves and visual artist John Keys.

All made possible by the Barings Foundation in association with Dance Agency Cornwall and the Kernow Education Arts Partnership.

The promenade began under the chestnut tree which was a  traditional starting point for many village outings and activities.   The children performed a cheeky dance routine showing people having fun waiting at the beginning of a journey. 

The younger children sang a traditional Sunday School song that may have been sung at the start of a long anticipated journey bound for Polzeath or Port Isaac.

In the background a silk screen banner hung from the church tower showed a map of St Tudy.  The whole scene was decorated with strings of tissue bunting whilst a life size model lady looked on from the bus shelter. 

From here the audience were drawn into a circle of events through the church yard leading to the school. 

In the school could be heard the chanting of children reciting their times tables and alphabet while in the yard traditional games were played out in a dance performed by the youngest children of the school.  The performance continued with a string of events depicting scenes from the past .   

One of these was a routine devised with professional dancer David Greeves danced by class three reminding us how labour intensive life in the past was. Another dance was based on water and how it was collected from wells and  pumps around the village.  This made use of a sumptuous 30ft silk train that had been painted by the children.  The finale of the performance returned to the centre of the village under the chestnut tree where all the children perfumed movements depicting circles representing the binding stone which can still be seen outside Blacksmith's Cottage in St Tudy. 


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