'Why?' is both a tender and exhilarating aerial duet exploring themes of life, loss, surrender and acceptance in a soft and moving way.
The piece offers a visceral experience for its audiences that not only legitimises the emotional one but creates space for the viewer to bring their own understanding to it, triggering a resonance, not dictating their experience.
Performed in two parts, 'Why?' uses climbing harnesses and abseil lines to dance on a bespoke free-standing wall - ‘vertical dance’.
Originally created in 2004, it formed the keystone for Gravity & Levity’s first full-length production which toured nationally in 2005.
In 2019 the piece was re-imagined with the same creative team and cast 15 years on and is performed to a powerfully haunting commissioned sound score, with spoken word interspersed throughout the piece.
Choreographer: Fin Walker
Composer: Ben Park
Writing: Ed Harris
Performers: Lindsey Butcher & Lee Clayden
Costume design (original Ben Mayer, re-created by Holly Murray)
Actors: Nick Holder & Ricky Butt
Musicians: Cello- Rebecca Jordan, Violin- Buffy Rowe, Percussion- James Taylor, Vocals- Sarah Dacey, Bass and Piano- Ben Park
'Why?' is supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
'Why?' was re-created with generous support from Arts Council England, The Point, Fidget Feet and the Irish Aerial Creation Centre.