Choreography: Ruth Brill
Artistic Direction: Hannah Schneider
Music: Carol J Jones
Production: Four Eyes Production
Dancers: Brandon Lawrence
Orchestra: Oxford Alternative Orchestra
Digital Premiere May 8th 2020
Butterfly pupae have been recorded as making sounds since 1875. These twitter sounds, previously called ‘hissing’ or ‘protest sounds’, are evidence of butterfly pupae shifting inside the chrysalis as it outgrows its casing. Based on translations of three twitter sounds from inside butterfly pupae, chrysalis explores the transformation from pupae to butterfly. Opening with a ghostly series of harmonics, the solo violin breaks through with short, sharp pulses before soar into the distance.