the waggle dance
Premiere 7 May 2021 Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, Oxford
Shortlisted for St Catherine's College Henfrey Composition Prize 2019
The waggle dance is a figure of eight dance performed by honeybees to guide 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. the waggle dance transforms these sounds and dissects the dance from its dizzying highs to its percussive lows, culminating in an ecstatic finale.