A 5 minute dance/climbing film commissioned by Cumbria Youth Dance with support from Wired Aerial Theatre and a soundtrack composed by Andrew Deakin.

Further Details

Tethera was the third part of  a year-long artistic collaboration between Cumbria Youth Dance Company and Wired Aerial Theatre, to create a suite of new work – 1 dance film & 2 performance pieces – on the theme of mountains. Exploring the relationship between Labanotation (a way of recording dance movement) and topos (a similar notation method used by climbers to record their routes), dancers worked on the Cumbrian fells and in the studio to explore the transition between vertical & horizontal, producing 3 unique pieces of choreography for sharing at Kendal Mountain Festival, in the gardens at Brantwood, Coniston during John Ruskin’s bicentenary celebrations, and at Lakes Alive festival.

Cumbria Youth Dance Company is an auditioned group providing accessible, high quality dance training and opportunities for gifted & talented young people aged 12-18 years living in Cumbria. Hosted by Active Cumbria (the county’s Sport & Physical Activity Partnership), the Company has been meeting regularly for technique training, weekend intensives and masterclasses throughout the year, working with visiting choreographers to create new work for performance locally and regionally.

Video (complete film)


2019 Kendal Mountain Festival, Kendal, UK.


Dancers:  Jack Armistead, Beren Atkinson, Phoebe Bell, Daniel Bennett, Amber Fletcher
Patrick King, Erin Lee, Sophie March, Jody Rafferty, Mia Walsh, Iona Webster, Cameron Wickes
Director & Editor:  Nic Sandiland
2nd Camera:  Sasha Cookson
Drone Operator:  Jago Miller
Choreography:  Kelly McClelland, Stuart Walters with the dancers
Climbing Consultant:  Jamie Ogilvie
Safety Climbers:  Luke Murphy, Sandy Ogilvie, John Thornton
Sound Design/Composer:  Andrew Deakin
Runner:  Ella Warburton
Aerial Artistry Technical Consultation:  Wired Aerial Theatre
Producer for Cumbria Youth Dance: Lynn Barnes

(for full cast, crew and funders see credits at end of film)