Under the artistic direction of Lindsey Butcher, Gravity & Levity specialises in vertical performances which apply a dance aesthetic to aerial suspension, exciting the imagination of audiences by redefining what and where a dance floor can be.
Why? is a tender, gentle abseiling duet which Gravity & Levity originally created with choreographer Fin Walker and composer Ben Park in 2004 for Butcher to perform with her long-time collaborator Lee Clayden. With the support of Without Walls, the company was commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival to re-imagine the work with the same creative team and cast 15 years on. Butcher and Clayden are enthralling to watch, as they use their shared weight and sixth sense for one another to explore themes of life, loss, surrender and acceptance against a haunting soundtrack of music and spoken word. Why? is usually performed outdoors on a custom-built vertical ground-supported truss structure, but can also be performed against a permanent structure or building, or indoors.