Terrarium is a dance piece created with the Simon Birch Dance Company, and was commissioned with Arts Council funding to mark the 60th Anniversary of the North York Moors National Park Authority.

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Terrarium on tour in Cornwall

Terrarium was performed outdoors, with two dancers housed in a giant transparent bubble. The music was specially composed and delivered by a 30 meter diameter circle of 8 speakers and mixed ambisonically. The audience and the bubble were positioned inside the speaker circle, creating a fully immersive experience.

Terrarium was performed across the North York Moors, in Sheffield, Leeds, London and Hull throughout July, August and September 2012

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The project continued in 2013, with performances across Cornwall as part of the SALT festival, celebrating landscape and dance. 

The music can also be found on the Jon’s Bandscamp site:

 Imaginary Landscapes

Terrarium was made from a combination of found sounds gathered across the North York Moors, together with voice and instrumental recordings, including cello, violin and percussion. Choreographer Simon Birch and composer Jon Hughes kept a record of the creative process on a blog, which can be accessed below:

Terrarium website

A more detailed description of the project can be found in the relevant chapter of Jon’s PhD thesis below:

Terrarium – chapter from Jon Hughes PhD thesis

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