Orchard

Elinor Lewis with Nuria Legarda AnduezaOrchard

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A forest of vertically balanced poles, vulnerable to the lightest touch. Two performers navigate this precarious environment with the ever-present risk that one mistake could prove catastrophic. 
‘Orchard’ teeters on the brink between disaster and success and prolongs that state until it becomes uncomfortably apparent. It is a piece for now, a time when humanity is reluctantly crossing many thresholds, some of which promise to lead to almost inevitable disaster. How can we as humans adapt to overcome the constraints of our environment?


‘Like a rarefied circus act, it is part minimalist dance, part installation. Mesmerising and nerve-wracking.' Neil Norman for Resolution Review, 2018

Lead Artist and Original Concept: Elinor Lewis
Collaborating Artist: Nuria Legarda Andueza
Performed by: Elinor Lewis and Nuria Legarda Andueza
Scenography: Elinor Lewis
Lighting: Nao Nagai and Elinor Lewis
Costumes: Berthe Fortin
Supported by The Place & Goldsmiths College

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Biography

Elinor Lewis


Elinor is a British artist based in London whose work sits on the intersection between contemporary dance, live art and installation. Her practice employs the relationship between human and object to investigate themes of risk, space, ecology and tension. Elinor’s current work seeks to expose the space between human and object as a charged area of conflict.


Elinor graduated from Laban with The Sylvia Bodmer Award in 2014 and has an MA in Performance Making from Goldsmiths - graduating with Artsadmin’s BANNER Award 2017-2018. Since graduating, Elinor has worked to develop her first two major works, ‘Orchard’ (with Nuria Legarda Andueza) & ‘TIMBER’ (with Hannah Parsons). In 2018, ‘Orchard’s second phase of creation was commissioned by The Place as part of Choreodrome and supported through an Arts Council National Lottery Grant. Elinor’s work in development ‘TIMBER’ has been shared through Touch Wood 2018 and Dance Umbrella Studio Sessions 2018.


Nuria Legarda Adueza


Nuria Legarda Andueza is an interdisciplinary theatre maker, choreographer, performer and international professor in performing arts. Her wide spectrum of collaborations include choreographies such as 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' by Mark Haddon & Simon Stephens, directed by Julio Manrique, Teatre Lliure in Barcelona, as well as ‘Orchard,’ with Elinor Lewis - performed at The Place, London.  Her own devised work includes projects with national and international co-producers, such as, ‘World of Wolves’ - video piece Barcelona, ‘La Cena’ - interdisciplinary theatre piece, Barcelona and ‘Who Deserve Greatness’ - London.


Nuria’s studies include a post-graduate MA in Performance Making from Goldsmiths, as well as having graduated in Drama from the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona and in Music Education from the University of La Rioja.

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