The nature of why

Photography Paul Blakemore

Photography Paul Blakemore

 
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

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. Performance spaces are 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.

Conducted by Charles Hazlewood, choreographed by Caroline Bowditch, with direction by Bowditch and Hazlewood, The Nature of Why opened Mayfest Bristol for four performances in May 2018. It’s London premiere was at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, on Wednesday 5th September where it opened the Unlimited Festival 2018. In early 2019 the show travelled to Perth Festival, Western Australia for 4 performances, and continues to tour the UK.

The orchestra itself is the Bristol-based British Paraorchestra, who, along with artistic director Charles Hazlewood, brings Gregory’s score to life with such depth and passion that it is impossible not to be moved by the sheer muscularity of the performance. With Caroline Bowditch’s glorious choreography, the company of dancers meld into the audience and reappear somewhere else on the stage, blurring boundaries as they draw you in
— Bristol 24/7
Tonight we experienced something truly extraordinary
— Sir Nick Serota, Chair, Arts Council England

Photography Paul Blakemore