the waggle dance
shortlisted for St Catherine's College Henfrey Composition Prize 2019
workshop with Charlie Lovell-Jones and Ensemble ISIS Oxford University, 27 November 2019
The waggle dance is a figure of eight dance performed by honeybees to tell other bees where to find nectar and pollen. The bee will turn one direction so many degrees, indicating the food source in relation to the sun, and then the opposite direction indicating the food source in relation to the hive. Inspired by this the waggle dance uses transcription from bees performing this dance to illustrates a potential journey a bee might make, from dizzying highs to percussive lows culminating in an ecstatic finale.