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The Spring


The Spring is a screendance short, bringing together human and non-human bodies to explore and celebrate the complexity of the natural world and our place in it.


Modern life and our exploitation of the living world is made possible by our anthropocentricity, by our collective withdrawal from the natural world and a refusal to respect either its significance, or its limitations. We have lost so much of ourselves in this process, and have committed so much violence against the biosphere that we are well on the way to making the entire planet uninhabitable.

What happens if we reimagine our relationship with nature? What happens if we open ourselves up to the possibility of radically loving our home planet and the lives we share it with?

The Spring has been selected for WeWonder Noir festival at Wentworth Woodhouse Wakefield, Spring at Boat Live, and Bristol Mayfest 2022.

Find out more about the project over on Madeline's blog, where she kept an R&D journal of works in progress, screen experiments, photos, texts, reflections, research responses and more.

Supported by Arts Council England, and by Jerwood Arts & Yorkshire Dance through the Dance for Art’s Sake artist development programme.

The Spring has been shown at Bristol Mayfest, No Dress Code, WeWonder Noir festival, Boat Live’s Spring equinox, POOL 22 international Tanzfilmfestival Berlin and Fringe of Colour 2023. f

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