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.

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 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.

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

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 in an up-close-and-personal dance experience like no other.

Produced by The Paraorchestra and Friends, and Mayk.

Tonight we experienced something truly extraordinary
— Sir Nick Serota, Chair, Arts Council England

Photography Paul Blakemore