15 September - 7 October 2017


The Landings exists because of the death of Alan Kurdi, a 3-year-old Syrian boy who drowned trying to reach Europe in September 2015.

It has been created by Bossington resident, Sarah Shorten, Artistic Director of Stacked Wonky, supported by a very strong group of performers and collaborators including local designers, musicians, photographers, video artists, historians, railway enthusiasts, farmers, harbour masters and technicians, all of whom have pulled together to create this large-scale performance.

She says, “It was a shocking moment when the photograph of Alan Kurdi’s lifeless body shuttled across the media two years ago. The Landings is a personal response to that. I wanted to know if it was possible to create a compelling and emotional audience journey in proximity to a cast of performers on the move, reflecting the need in all of us to land somewhere. To do this, I am using a coastal hinterland close to home.”

The Landings has an eclectic cast of 20 combining 7 professional dancers, 3 newcomers, 8 local children and 2 violinists. The youngest, Jesse Bruce, aged 5, attends Timberscombe First School – the oldest, Gerard Bell, age unknown (!), has been working with Stacked Wonky for over a decade. View collaborator page >