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.

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.”

Bristol 24/7

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. Both 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.”

Disability Arts Online

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.

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A male dancer dancers with a member of the audience centre frame. Amongst a standing audience; Lloyd Coleman playing the clarinet, Guy Llewellyn plays the french horn.

Photography: Paul Blakemore at Mayfest 2018

Lloyd Coleman plays clarinet in the midst of three dancers in various poses, audience members all round look on

Photography: Paul Blakemore at Mayfest 2018

Direct Caroline Bowditch receives huge applause from audience and musicians

Photography: Paul Blakemore at Mayfest 2018

Dancers interact with Steph West on harp and soprano Victoria Oruwari

Photography: Paul Blakemore at Mayfest 2018

A dancer moves with Guy Llewelyn appearing to move Guy in his wheelchair with gentle force on his shoulder. Delighted audiences look on.

Photography: Paul Blakemore at Mayfest 2018

Takashi Kikuchi plays viola centre frame, audience members watch from all around, some looking elsewhere at other unseen activity onstage

Photography: Paul Blakemore at Mayfest 2018

Two dancers turn a marimba round and round, one on each end whilst a percussionist plays, audience all around

Photography: Paul Blakemore at Mayfest 2018

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.