The Nature of Why, commissioned by Unlimited, merges dance and live music into an epic performance that brims with emotion and physical beauty. The show features a cinematic live-score from Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, an ensemble of musicians from the British Paraorchestra and four extraordinary dancers.
Brighton Festival, 6th May, Brighton Dome Concert Hall
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 9th – 11th May, Weston Studio
The joy created by the remarkable company is second only to the joy felt by those lucky enough to see The Nature of Why. This isn’t simply a performance you simply see or hear. It’s one you feel.”
In its first presentation, The Nature of Why opened Mayfest Bristol for four performances. It’s London premiere at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, on Wednesday 5th September, opened the Unlimited Festival 2018. In early 2019 it travelled to Perth Festival, Western Australia and played 21st – 23rd February at the Heath Ledger Theatre.
Theatres were transformed into a site of discovery, as dancers and musicians moved as one in an attempt to erase the divides between musician and dancer, performer and audience.
This show throws convention out of the window and begins to reshape the audience experience of classical music, bringing it closer to the individual. This is exciting.”
This world premiere takes inspiration from the unconventional curiosity of Nobel prize-winning theoretical physicist Richard Feynman, and his search for meaning in the world around us. The Nature of Why promises to be an up-close-and-personal dance experience like no other.
“When you are asking ‘why?’, you have to be in some framework that allows something to be true.” Richard Feynman
The Nature of Why is choreographed by Caroline Bowditch (Adventures of Snigel, Falling In Love With Frida), conducted by Charles Hazlewood, with direction by Caroline Bowditch and Charles Hazlewood.
Read what people had to say:
Social round up: Bristol
Social round up: London
Social round up: Perth, WA
Commissioned and supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Arts Council England.
The Nature of Why is supported by Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
Additional support from We the Curious.
Produced by The Paraorchestra and Friends, and Mayk.