30 May 2021

Orbit Within the Echoes by Candida Powell-Williams

The performance explores the association between labyrinths and dancing, pulling on the ways in which the image and symbolism is echoed across different cultures and ages. Whilst describing the curves of the labyrinth the choreography also mirrors the myth of Ariadne’s dance as described in Homer’s Iliad. The performance focuses on perpetual hypnotic motion, chains, coiling, repetitive, kaleidoscopic patterns, acrobatic movements, twisting and knotting together, creating spirals, ripples, group mechanics and weight transfers. The costumes are based on knots inspired by their associations with entrails, traps, Celtic spirals and the enduring image of Ariadne leading Theseus out of the Labyrinth with her thread. Tangling and untangling their bodies in space the dancers use perpetual motion and kaleidoscopic patterns to explore how movement can be meditative, the labyrinth a map of the journey between birth and death and a means to unlock the unconscious.

This will explore the cultural heritage of gardens as tools for spiritual transformation. It will be a promenade performance with 5 dancers and sound, creating a magical and unique experience for garden visitors. Performances are scheduled to take place on 30 May at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm at Capel Manor Gardens, EN1.

Performed by Mary Feliciano, Anna Guzck, Annabel Knobbs, Evie Webzell, Kyle White

Produced by Melanie Wilson

Live steram by Ed Bognis

Supported by Arts Council England


The performances will be streamed live on Youtube here.