‘Why’ touring in 2021
2019 saw the company mark its 15th anniversary. To mark the occasion, we headed back in the rehearsal studio to re-create and re-imagine ‘Why’, a vertical dance duet created in 2004 which formed the foundations for Gravity & Levity’s 1st production ‘ Taking Flight’.
Bringing together the original creative team, choreographer Fin Walker, composer Ben Park, performers Lee Clayden and Lindsey Butcher and lighting designer Lucy Carter. We didn’t simply remount the piece but chose to look afresh at what is available to us now that we couldn’t have grasped 15 years ago.
We’re thrilled with the resulting piece, it’s sharper, more articulate and has an emotional resonance wholly supported by Bens new sound score and the poetry of Ed Harris.
Why is available for touring from 2021 onwards. For more details please see the tour pack here 2021 GravityLevity Why Tour Pack
Here are a few audience comments from GDIF performances in 2020;
‘A tour de force of aerial performance, delivering emotional truth in every beat’ Bradley Hemmings, Artistic Director GDIF
‘…a fully formed work, presented with great control and technical ability by the two performers to a great score, this music catching and reflecting the shifting emotional arc of the work as the performers explored and crossed the limits of their own vertical circles.’ Bill Gee, Producer, IF Milton Keynes International Festival, Inside Out Dorset Festival, Bloomsbury Festival
‘At a time when the mere sight of two people touching in any context can be a challenging proposition, Gravity & Levity’s work proves to be both engaging, sensitive, and timely… as an aerial piece, audiences are able to watch and engage with ‘Why?’ from a distance and in separation – both helpful for programmers, and curiously reflective of the content.’ Angus MacKechnie, Executive Director, Outdoor Arts UK
Image and video credit: Mark Morreau