How The Earth Must See Itself - Behind The Scenes


18 Oct 2019

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Created by Lucy Cash and Simone Kenyon How The Earth Must See Itself, a short film produced by the National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Sculpture Workshop.

Conceived and developed by Edinburgh-based artist and choreographer Simone Kenyon and filmmaker Lucy Cash, it was created in response to Kenyon’s performance project Into The Mountain and takes inspiration from celebrated Scottish poet and writer Nan Shepherd and her book The Living Mountain.


Director: Lucy Cash

Choreographer and Lead Artist: Simone Kenyon

Voiceover: Shirley Henderson

Performers: Jo Hellier, Claricia Parinussa, Caroline Reagh, Keren Smail and Petra Söör

Composer: Hanna Tuulikki

Choir Leader and Vocalist: Lucy Duncombe

Choir Coordinator: Rebecca Grant

Into the Mountain Choir: Alison Bell, Frances Davis, Beatrice Fettes, Anna Filipek, Caroline Gatt, Sarah Hobbs, Norma Hunter, Julie Lawson, Lisa Lawson, Sandy Leahy, Rebecca Livesay-Wright, Margaret Moore, Adele Napier, Angela Patterson, Sheila Pettitt, Sandra Robertson, Catherine Rose, Hannah May, Sheila Waterhouse, Ailsa Williams and Victoria Woodcock.

Cinematographer: Peter Emery

Focus Puller: Jason Walker Sound

Recordist: Pete Smith

Costumes: Jeni Allison and Hilltrek

Additional Costume kindly sponsored by Darn Tough, Glenmore Lodge, Regatta and Zamberlan

Mountain Leader: Fiona Chappell

Runners: Jamie Lowther and Callum Lyon

Picture Grade: Garry Maddison

Sound Design: Pete Smith

Editor: Lucy Cash

Shot in Glen Feshie with thanks for Wildlands Ltd and Scottish Natural Heritage

How The Earth Must See Itself is based on Into the Mountain, a performance project by Simone Kenyon.

The project was produced and commissioned by the Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW) and co-commisioned by the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA), City Moves Dance Agency, Dance North and Tramway.

Into the Mountain was also supported by Mountaineering Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council and Creative Scotland.

With thanks to Erlend Clouston and the literary estate of Nan Shepherd.