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Composed by Will Gregory | Choreographed by Caroline Bowditch | Conducted by Charles Hazlewood, | Directed by Caroline Bowditch and Charles Hazlewood.

The Nature of Why

From The British Paraorchestra

Running Time: 60 Minutes (No Interval)

Commissioned and supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Arts Council England.

“ Immersive, deeply affecting and incredibly uplifting; this cinematic and emotive orchestra-dance clash is quite unlike anything you will have ever seen before. ”


Kneehigh Asylum, Carlyon Beach, St Austell Bay
13 - 14 Sept
Fri 7.30pm - Sat 3pm & 7.30pm

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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 form Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, an ensemble of musicians from The British Paraorchestra and four extraordinary dancers.

The show takes inspiration from the unconventional curiosity of Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist Richard Feynman, and his search for meaning in the world around us;


Dancers and musicians move as one, erasing the divides between musician and dancer, performance and audience; resulting in an up-close-and-personal theatrical experience like no other.


Access and age suitability

The Nature of Why is a standing show. We will have a very limited number of seats available for those who require them for access reasons.

A Touch Tour is available one hour before each performance. A Touch Tour is for blind and partially-sighted customers to familiarise themselves with the show ahead of the performance. Both shows will be Audio Described by Rationale Method. The Audio Description will be delivered via headsets. We advise audience members to book these services in advance. To do this please call our Box Office on 01872 267912 or email tickets@kneehigh.co.uk.

An introduction to the show, and an audio narrative within the piece will be presented in BSL.

There is no strobe or flashing lighting but haze is used.

It is suitable for children over the age of eight. Younger children may be alarmed by the close proximity of the performers.

This is exciting. This could have lasting impact on an artform that is usually filled with convention and tradition. The Paraorchestra and Friends have found their place in the world and are just getting better and better.

Disability Arts Online

The joy created by this remarkable company is second only to the joy felt by those lucky enough to see The Nature of Why. This isn’t a performance you simply see or hear. It’s one you feel.

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