The British Paraorchestra




When you are asking 'why?' you have to be in some framework that allows something to be true.” Richard Feynman 

The Nature of Why brings together dance and live music into an epic and beautiful performance. Featuring a cinematic live-score from Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, an ensemble of musicians from the acclaimed British Paraorchestra and four extraordinary dancers.

Bristol Old Vic’s stage will become a site of discovery, as dancers and musicians move as one and audience and performer meet. 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.

The Nature of Why promises to be an up-close-and-personal dance experience like no other. The Nature of Why is choreographed by Caroline Bowditch (Adventures of Snigel, Falling In Love With Frida), with direction by Bowditch and Charles Hazlewood, conductor and Artistic Director of The Paraorchestra and Friends.

The Paraorchestra and Friends’ mission is to redefine what a 21st century orchestra can be, through the creation of ambitious and captivating large-scale contemporary music projects and experiences. Our work spans a range of genres and appeals to the widest range of audiences. At our core is The British Paraorchestra, the world’s only large-scale ensemble for disabled musicians.

The Nature of Why is a standing show, seats are available upon request.

“Fascinating to watch, as the mood can be calming, or highly charged, depending on the ebb and flow of the musical textures. ”

BBC Music Magazine on Terry Riley’s In C, with Extraordinary Bodies

“ Celebration of David Bowie: Lasers flashed, familiar refrains from the album echoed around the modernist composition, and a sombre sort of beauty filled the night air, displaying what humanity is capable of both socially and artistically, instilling hope for the future. ”

The Guardian on Celebration of David Bowie

Image by Peter Moffatt

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

The Nature of Why is supported by Stavros Niarchos Foundation, with additional support by We the Curious and Co-produced by The Paraorchestra and Friends and MAYK.