Terrarium 

'The dancers become more entwined, more gymnastic, more daring and physically responsive to the globe’s bouncy walls as the night prog​​​​resses – and no, the bubble never burstS'
- THE York Press

Terrarium: (noun) a sealed transparent globe into which small animals,
insects or plants are place for observation.
 
Terrarium is a 30-minute long dance duet performed inside a 4.5metre diameter transparent globe. The dancers are like specimens contained in their own microcosm; they evolve, flourish and wane like strange creatures or plants. Visually rich and choreographically intricate, this work closely fuses set and costume design with movement and is a response to the ideas of metamorphosis and transformation. Terrarium appeals to all ages and has been described as ‘beautiful and mesmerising’ and ‘a feast of sight and sound’. A 30-metre diameter circle of ambisonic speakers surrounds the audience, so while they watch the action performed inside the globe they are themselves enveloped by a bubble of music and sound.
 
Originally choreographed by Simon Birch in 2012, with music by Jon Hughes and costumes designed by the late Becs Andrews, Terrarium was toured to outdoor locations across the North York Moors National Park and also across Cornwall as part of Dance Republic 2’s SALT landscape/dance festival. It was performed as part of Big Dance in Leeds, imove Sheffield, Hull’s Freedom Festival and City of London Festival. Terrarium was installed in a variety of locations from the clifftops at Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall to Devonshire Square in the shadow of the Gherkin, Central London.

The set and costumes for Terrarium 2019 will be designed by Myriddin Pharo, with lighting designed by Joshua Pharo.

Terrarium

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