Chasing The Butterfly

This Friday at the National Portrait Gallery! so delighted to be working again with two much respected long term collaborators, Luke Dixon and Tyrone Landau.

Performance: Chasing the Butterfly: A performance for actors, dancers and oboist

18 January 2019, 18:30

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Free ticket required. Book online, or visit the Gallery in person

Mary and Margaret Gainsborough, the Artist’s Daughters, Chasing a Butterflyby Thomas Gainsborough © The National Gallery, London.

Gainsborough’s adult daughters are living in Acton. The younger, Margaret, is caring for her older sister Mary, who has descended into mental illness following her brief marriage to her father’s best friend the celebrated oboist Johann Christian Fischer. They see their happy younger selves as dancers chasing the butterfly (Gainsborough’s 1756 painting).

This immersive performance is based upon  the surviving paintings by Gainsborough of his daughters currently on display as part Gainsborough’s Family Album. Consisting of short vignettes of dance and movement set to the music of oboist Johann Christian Fischer, it charts the development and decline of Mary (‘Molly’) and Margaret (‘Peggy’), who are portrayed by two sets of performers as the sisters both as young girls and young women.

Director: Luke Dixon
Musical Director: Tyrone Landau
Choreographer: Jane Turner
Cast: Angie Goddard, Theresa Hoffmann, Fiona McKinnon, Lizzie Willis,
Oboist: Penelope Carter with Theatre & Performance Practice students from London Metropolitan University
Guest Lutenist: Grace Rumgay

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