Orbit within the Echoes is a new performance weaving dancers through the garden at Capel Manor and among animations on a live stream. The work draws inspiration from the myths, history and design of labyrinths. 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 life's journey and a means to unlock the unconscious.
Capel Manor Gardens, Bullsmoor Lane Middlesex, Enfield EN1 4RQ
Live Performance at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm within the historical garden
Performed by Mary Feliciano, Anna Guzck, Annabel Knobbs, Evie Webzell, Kyle White
Produced by Melanie Wilson
Live stream and tech by Ed Bognis