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A midsummer dance theatre performance touring Yorkshire’s most beautiful gardens

Feature: Love in Idleness

Love in Idleness is a promenade dance theatre performance for all the family.

The piece is named after the white flower made famous by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, mythically struck by one of Cupid’s arrows, turning it purple and giving it the properties of a magic love potion. This love potion, when dropped into someone’s eyes, causes them to fall hopelessly in love with the first person they see.

This certainly sounds like a performance to fall in love with. Audiences are promised that they will stumble upon hidden worlds in Yorkshire’s most stunning landscaped gardens, led by a cast of dancers and live musicians.

Love in Idleness is a playful, mischievous and charming adventure that is never the same twice, adapting itself to the features of each new garden in which it is performed. Performances will take place in five gardens across Yorkshire this June and July.

Rachel has received funding from Arts Council England to tour Love in Idleness in summer 2012.

The original version of Love in Idleness was created in 2008 when Rachel was commissioned by Dance in Herts to make a piece for performance at Hatfield House.

Rachel has been re-working the show this spring in a residency at Burton Agnes Hall, near Driffield, where the tour begins, and in the studio at Yorkshire Dance in Leeds.

Rachel, recalling the original performance in Hertforshire, says, “The evening began with the audience gathered on the lawn of the stately home drinking elderflower champagne, before being taken on a journey through the formal gardens, into the herb garden and finally outside the garden walls into the wilderness area and wood."

I wanted the audience to make the transition with us from the formal, normal ways of being into something more creative, magical and wild as the characters in A Midsummer Night’s Dream do."

When the audience easily and happily danced with us out under the trees at the end of the evening I was delighted to have given a varied audience the opportunity to engage with dance in a different way by becoming part of it. Having the audience as such an integral part of the performance meant that something unique and unrepeatable was created with the people who were in that garden on Midsummer’s Night.

The tour of Love in Idleness has been produced by Yorkshire Dance, the dance agency for the whole Yorkshire region.

Audience at Burton Agnes and Sheffield are invited, before the performance, to take part in a fun, relaxed workshop, suitable for families with children of all ages to enjoy together. Using dance, music, movement and rhythm, Rachel and her team will help the group to create a magical performed procession around the garden. Workshops last 45 minutes and cost £5 per person, with under 5s free.


All performance tickets £5.00, under 5s free

Sat 30 Jun, 2.00pm & 4.00pm
Family workshop 12.00 noon
Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield
01262 490324 (cash only)

Sun 1 Jul, 2.00pm
Golden Acre Park, Leeds
0113 243 8765
or book online www.yorkshiredance.com

Sat 7 Jul, 2.00pm & 4.00pm
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
01924 832631
or book online www.ysp.co.uk

Sun 8 Jul, 2.00pm & 4.00pm
Oakwell Hall, Birstall
01924 326240

Sat 21 Jul, 7.00pm
Family workshop 2.00pm
Sheffield Botanical Gardens
0114 268 6001


Posted on Monday 18th June 2012

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