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The Nature of Why - The British Paraorchestra

Unlimited Music

Music is an area which Unlimited is proud to see developing, especially as we see a governmental shift to nurture and protect grassroots music and the venues that give artists a platform to perform. We are also pleased to see the beginning of an exciting dialogue around access to live music and venues with the new Ticketing Without Barriers Coalition.

Unlimited’s Isabella Tulloch discusses our current music commissions and what’s coming up next:

The British Paraorchestra

The Nature of Why is a new music performance piece, devised by The British Paraorchestra with Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, which merges live music and dance into a mesmerizing performance. The show features a cinematic live-score from Will Gregory, an ensemble of musicians from the British Paraorchestra and four extraordinary dancers.

The premiere of British Paraorchestra’s The Nature of Why will open Mayfest Bristol for four performances at Bristol Old Vic theatre. This exciting compositional piece, created through a devising process with phrases and rhythms devised by the whole ensemble, opens up a conversation between musician, dancer, performer and the audience.

The Nature of Why is choreographed by Caroline Bowditch, with direction by Bowditch and Charles Hazlewood.

Performances: Thu 10 – Sat 12 May 2018 @ Bristol Old Vic

Baluji Shrivastav

What is worse than having no sight? Having no vision. From our roster of International commissions this exciting new piece Antardrishti – Inner Vision is being presented by Baluji Shrivastav OBE, who explores the concept of inner vision, and the complex interplay between light and darkness. The production is inspired by the Bhagavad Gita. Collaborating with members of the Inner Vision Orchestra, Britain’s only blind orchestra comprising international musicians, and the innovative digital artists Addictive TV, proves to be a dynamic and exciting collective of live musicians interacting with sampled recordings of themselves and the other musicians.

Touring in India in the autumn, details will be announced soon.

We’ve also just announced our new music R&D commission – Metamorphoses will be an exciting new opera for a solo singer and three live musicians by blind composer and guitarist Adrian Lee.

If you are interested in previous music commissions check out:

Sonia Allori
Jack Dean