Leaning into Darkness

Commissioned by Sanctuary

Project initiated by Saffy Setohy

A one to one guided movement journey, exploring our sensory experience of darkness.

Forefronting senses other than vision, we will explore a number of invitations and suggestions which give attention to the specific and special experience of moving into the night.

To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,
and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.
Wendell Berry

Saffy Setohy is a Glasgow based dance artist working across and between making, performance, and participatory work. Exploring sound, textual and visual materials and informed by somatic and improvisation practices, she is interested in people and place, transformation, and embodied experience. Her work has been commissioned by partners including Pavilion Dance, South East Dance, Le Phare Centre Choréographique National du Havre Haute-Normandie, Tramway and London Science Gallery.www.saffysetohy.co.uk

Saffy and Joanna met in 2017 at Locator, a site-responsive retreat facilitated in West Wales by artist Simon Whitehead.


Supported By:

Sanctuary Festival. This work was informed by and fed into research from Joanna's Creative Wales Award 'Conditions for Possibility' Funded by the Arts Council of Wales.


Commissioned by Sanctuary 'Sanctuary is a 24-hour site-specific public art event that explores what happens when environment, art, technology, science and culture meet.'


  • Project initiated by / choreographed with Saffy Setohy
  • co-choreographed by Joanna Young