Why?- Taking Flight
In 2003, we successfully applied for the Jerwood Circus Award to create a vertical dance duet, ‘Why’ with choreographer Fin Walker, which was presented at the Royal Opera House’s, Floral Hall, Covent Garden in 2004.
Why? is an aerial dance duet in two parts on single line harnesses. Why? asks questions about the inevitable. It is driven and fierce in its articulation. Power and strength are juxtaposed with ease and surrender.
- Format: Choreographer: Fin Walker
- Music: Ben Park
- Lighting: Lucy Carter
- Costumes: Ben Maher
- Performers: Lindsey Butcher, Scott Smith (May 05), Lee Clayden (June 05)
- Musicians: Steven Gibson, Huw Davies, Rebecca Jordan
Donald Hutera, The TimesFin walker brings her punchier style to Why?…you feel as if you’re watching them from above rather than the side. The couple flip over and under, their backwards bounds and pendulum swings spliced with grapples and spoke limbed spins.
Sanjoy Roy, The GuardianAt times I felt I was watching the action from above like a Busby Berkley movie and that the actors were not suspended but performing on the floor. It was truly so impressive.
Robin Strapp, Newbury WeeklyEmerging from a contemporary dance aesthetic Why? had a taut, punchy feel as the dancers spun on and sprung from the vertical face of the upstage wall. The clean slicing feel of the movement was supported by Ben Park’s pulsing score evoking the clear sense of the tension in the freedom found hanging 20 foot up on the end of a rope. This effective marriage of the visceral thrill inherent in all aerial work and the studied composure of contemporary dance highlights exactly what is possible with a simple but rigorous concept.
Tom Wilson, Total Theatre Magazine