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The British Paraorchestra - The Nature of Why

Part of Unlimited

A fusion of dance and live music inspired by the unconventional curiosity of Nobel prize-winning theoretical physicist Richard Feynman.

The show merges a brand new cinematic live score from Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, an ensemble of musicians from The British Paraorchestra and four dancers who erase the boundaries between audience, music and movement.

The stage becomes a site of discovery in this up-close-and-personal dance experience.

The Nature of Why is choreographed by Caroline Bowditch, conducted by Charles Hazlewood, and directed by Caroline Bowditch and Charles Hazlewood.

The piece is supported by Stavros Niarchos Foundation, with additional support from We The Curious, and is produced by The Paraorchestra and Friends, and Mayk. Commissioned and supported by the Unlimited programme, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Arts Council England.

‘When you are asking why?, you have to be in some framework that allows something to be true.’ [Richard Feynman]


The British Paraorchestra
Charles Hazlewood conductor

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Event information
Please note the entrance for this show is via Queen Elizabeth Hall Artists' Entrance.

Access information
The Nature of Why is a standing show. We will have a limited number of seats available for those who have difficulty standing for long periods.

A Touch Tour is available before each performance. For the 3pm show the Touch Tour will begin at 2pm and for the 7:30pm show it will begin at 6:15pm

Both shows will be Audio Described by Rationale Method. The Audio Description will be delivered via headsets.

We advise audience members to book these services in advance. To do this please call our Ticket Office on 020 3879 9555 or email