Part of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad.
A new commission from
If you go down to the woods today... Join us for an adventure in a forest, where you'll come across things you might not expect. City streets and party animals are transported to the woods for a surreal experience inspired by the stories of the Mabinogion and tales of economic crisis from across the world.
Constanza Macras is known throughout the world as a creator of groundbreaking physical theatre work. Performers from her Berlin-based company DorkyPark are joined by a cast of Welsh performers along with the thrills and spills of nature itself.
In September 2012, Argentinian choreographer Constanza Macras explored the influences of nature in a forest in north Wales. In her first UK commission, she worked with a group of Welsh and Wales-based performers, alongside members of her own company DorkyPark. Combining text, storytelling, live music and movement, Branches: The Nature of Crisis took the audience on a surreal walk through the woods of Wepre Park, Flintshire, entwining the stories of the Mabinogion and visions of the hen parties of Cardiff city centre.
On the final two evenings, a specially-created version of the show was also streamed live to a big screen in Cardiff city centre.
Revellers and passers by were invited to text their comments on the action, with the most interesting messages shown on the screen. 'The Missing Branch' was streamed live on thespace.org on Saturday 15th September.
View tweets and social media activity around the show on Storify.
See our Pinterest board of Instagr.am photos.
See inside the process on the Community.
Read Katherine's blog post about the digital show.
a technical masterpiece, all should be congratulated for their skills in dancing, acting and singing, a magical night... my walks through the trees will never be the same again
comical and disturbing
an evening of striking imagery
in all my theatregoing life I’ve never seen anything that begins to resemble Branches beautiful madrigal singing... and some visual images worthy of a Turner Prize bizarrely addictive magic All the power and mystery of storytelling is there...
ROSALIND HAF BROOKS
Digital and AV Designer
Associate Production Manager
Company Stage Manager
Deputy Stage Manager
Costume Design Assistant
Notaiton Assistant / Assistant Stage Manager
Documentary Film Maker
Digital and AV Designer
Wardrobe and Make-up
With thanks to:
GERALD TYLER, EARTHFALL
JONATHAN RIMMER OF CAE TECHNOLOGIES
NEIL SHELLEY OF OPUS 03