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Richard Chappell Dance has been announced as the Stomping Ground 2024/25 commission to present Land Empathy. The London premiere date for 2024 will be announced soon.

Richard Chappell Dance was commissioned to transform their 2021 climate activism film Heart Land, commissioned by BBC Arts and One Dance UK, into an interdisciplinary outdoor dance performance called Land Empathy.

Exploring how we can deepen our spiritual connection to natural environments against the backdrop of the climate crisis, Land Empathy will be an interdisciplinary work with original sculptures by visual artist Anna Gillespie, a pulsating score by electronic music duo Larch, and four dancers from Richard Chappell Dance’s renowned ensemble.

The work will be created in collaboration with research by the Global Systems Institute (Exeter University), Living Wales (Aberystwyth University) and environmental activist Marla King. Climate and social science data will inform Land Empathy‘s creative process and contribute towards community participatory programmes that explore climate education and interdisciplinary art.

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