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BLOWN AWAY: dancing on air at Highland wind farm, Falck Renewables’ Millennium Wind Farm in Invergarry, to be shown at COP26

By Louise Glen

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Dancers on top of turbines at a Highland wind farm near Invergarry are the stars of a film making its debut at COP 26 this week highlighting the role of Scotland’s wind energy sector in combatting climate change.

Award-winning production company Corey Baker Dance filmed the four-minute film Leaders of a New Regime, featuring nine dancers beneath, around and on top of 120m high wind turbines at Falck Renewables’ Millennium Wind Farm in the Scottish Highlands.

The film's music Leader of a New Regime, a song lent especially to the film by Corey’s fellow New Zealand artist Lorde from her acclaimed new album Solar Power.

Mr Baker said: “We are very excited to be releasing this new work to help people engage with one of the themes of COP26: Renewable Energy. There’s a critical role for art to play in the climate change conversation and the moves we need to make - individually and collectively - to save our planet.

“There are a lot of preconceptions about wind turbines. I was keen to show their beauty, majesty and create a work emphasizing sense of harmony and compatibility between humanity, nature and renewable energy.

“In Leaders of a New Regime, we see the dancers almost as children of the wind turbines. I imagined a place where humans live compatibly with renewable energy and work together with the natural environment and technology to create a better world.

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"The track from Lorde clicked perfectly with this theme.

“My team and I are indebted to the kind support of Falck Renewables and to the ground team at Millennium Windfarm who went above and beyond in helping us realise our creative vision.”

Richard Dibley, managing director of Falck Renewables Wind, said: “We were delighted to help create a film which highlights the huge contribution of wind farms in Scotland to the fight against climate change.

“Many people comment that wind turbines have an almost sculptural beauty so it’s great to see them play a starring role, especially at an event as crucial as COP26. We believe that wind energy, both on and offshore, is key to delivering a sustainable future and helping to reach the increasingly urgent targets for reducing carbon emissions.”

Leaders of a New Regime will be screened this evening at COP26 at 6pm CET and is being live streamed by following this link https://bit.ly/3k0eXSo and again at the Global Leadership Foundation/United Nations Environment Programme film festival at COP26 on Wednesday November 10, followed by a Q&A with Corey Baker.

The film was previewed at 10 Downing Street last week at a special reception celebrating the artworks inspired by COP26. Excerpts from the film have also been used for continuity adverts on BBC Scotland in the run-up to COP26.

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