Why? by Gravity + Levity

Sat 17 + Sun 18 July | 1.30pm and 4pm
Emslie Horniman Park


‘Why’? is both a tender and exhilarating aerial duet exploring themes of life, loss, surrender and acceptance in a soft and moving way delivered by Gravity + Levity.

The piece offers a visceral experience for its audiences that not only legitimises the emotional one but creates space for the viewer to bring their own understanding to it, triggering a resonance, not dictating their experience.

Performed in two parts, ‘Why?’ uses climbing harnesses and abseil lines to dance on a bespoke free-standing wall - ‘vertical dance’.

Originally created in 2004, it formed the keystone for Gravity & Levity’s first full-length production which toured nationally in 2005.

In 2019 the piece was re-imagined with the same creative team and cast 15 years on is and is performed to a powerfully haunting commissioned sound score, with spoken word interspersed throughout the piece.

Gravity & Levity is an aerial dance company that was launched in 2003 by Artistic Director Lindsey Butcher. Through exploring the creative and expressive potential in applying a dance aesthetic to aerial suspension techniques, they aim to liberate and intensify the possibilities of each to create work with a compelling immediacy.

Gravity & Levity have won Dance For Camera & Jerwood Circus Awards and work with multi-artform artists, across both indoor and outdoor arenas.

Now in its 16th year, the company’s work has been instrumental in pushing the boundaries of aerial dance, offering an alternative to traditional aesthetics in both dance and circus.

Suitable for all ages.

This is an outdoor performance and does not require pre-booking. Social distancing in place. Please bring a mask and be prepared to watch the show in bubbles.

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August I 1.30pm and 4pm
Emslie Horniman Park

This is an outdoor performance and does not require pre-booking.

Main Programme Event.

Why? by Gravity + Levity