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National Portrait Gallery 

Chasing the Butterfly: A performance for actors, dancers and oboist 

Gainsborough's adult daughters are living in Acton. The younger, Margaret, is caring for her older sister Mary, who has descended into mental illness following her brief marriage to her father's best friend the celebrated oboist Johann Christian Fischer. They see their happy younger selves as dancers chasing the butterfly (Gainsborough's 1756 painting).This immersive performance is based upon the surviving paintings by Gainsborough of his daughters currently on display as part Gainsborough’s Family Album. Consisting of short vignettes of dance and movement set to the music of oboist Johann Christian Fischer, it charts the development and decline of Mary (‘Molly’) and Margaret (‘Peggy’), who are portrayed by two sets of performers as the sisters both as young girls and young women. 

Director: Luke Dixon
Musical Director: Tyrone Landau
Choreographer: Jane Turner
Cast: Angie Goddard, Maja Laskowska, Fiona McKinnon, Lizzie Willis,
Oboist: Liesbeth Allart with Theatre & Performance Practice students from London Metropolitan Uni

Here are the Collective's members.

Luke Dixon 
Luke Dixon is a writer, theatre maker and beekeeper. 
Luke’s work as a theatre director has embraced Love and the Revolution with the Berliner Ensemble, The Golem in Prague and Bratislava, Age of the Saints in Dublin, UK productions of Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter, Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair, and in London the devised site specific pieces Singing the Body Electric (Serpentine Gallery) and It’s a Wonderful Life (Marylebone Station). For twenty years he was artistic director of the international touring company Theatre Nomad creating shows on every continent. 
In the summer months Luke escapes from the theatre and looks after bees in places as diverse as The London College of Fashion, London School of Economics, Ted Baker, The Three Stags Pub, Greenpeace, Coram's Fields, Kensington Palace and The Natural History Museum where he is resident beekeeper. 
Luke's books on bees include Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities, Bees and Honey, myth, folklore and traditions, and A Time There Was - a story of rock art, bees and bushmen. His theatre books include Creating Solo Performance, Play-acting, and four guides to Shakespeare.


Tyrone Landau 
maintains a buoyant and varied career as both a theatrical musician, and as a singer.Tyrone was musical director of the Clwyd Dance Project at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Wales, before moving to Australia, where he lived for some years before returning to London in 2004. In Australia he began working in musicals, as musical director of the national tours of The Pathfinder and Nunsense, as well as being a pianist for History of Australia - The Musical, Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Peach Melba, Porgy and Bess and Only Heaven Knows. He was musical director of Travelling Light (Meryl Tankard Dance Company) and The Irish… And How They Got That Way (ICA/Victorian Arts Centre Trust),  A Man in a Room Gambling with Gavin Bryars (Melbourne Festival), and the film series Voice, Jam and Videotape for the Adelaide Festival. He conducted the operas Stroke (Chamber Made Opera), Justine (ABC radio), and the world premiere of the Philip Glass’s Voices (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Federation Festival). He played the pianist Manny Weinstock in the national tour of Terence McNally’s Masterclass (Sydney Theatre Co/ICA). He has composed for numerous theatrical productions, including She Stoops to Conquer, Macbeth, The Mirage, Barrymore (Sydney Theatre Company), 40 Lounge Cafe, Esterhaz, Pericles, The Emperor Regrets, Lemon Delicious Pudding, The Head of Mary, The Ishmael Club (Playbox, Melbourne), Faust, My Body/My Blood (Melbourne Theatre Company), The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet (Bell Shakespeare, Sydney), Pericles, Song of Songs (Theatreworks, Melbourne), The Imaginary Invalid, Cloud Nine (NIDA, Sydney), Sick Heart River (Theater Calgary, Canada), and Natural Life (Adelaide festival, Lincoln Centre Festival, New York).



Tim Taylor 
has broad experience as an interdisciplinary artist. His work crosses many different genres of performance including dance, straight drama, musical theatre, comedy-sketch and song recital. He has worked with and for performing arts practitioners including Lucy Bailey, Martha Clarke, Luke Dixon, Matthew Hawkins, Bill T Jones, Michael Keegan-Dolan, Jacky Lansley, David McVicar, Ian Spink, Jane Turner, Ultz, Sian Williams and the Kosh. He recently completed a practice as research-based MA in Contemporary Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University for which he gained a pass with distinction. His current arts practice includes working in association with choreographer Jacky Lansley - Director of the Dance Research Studio. This affiliation is facilitative in terms of the provision of a space for the development of work with fellow artist associates and Jacky’s input also offers a depth of mentoring support that is invaluable to a range of creative processes. Equally, the reciprocity of the relationship means that one is able, in turn, to contribute to a variety of initiatives led by Jacky and that centre around the work taking place at the Dance Research Studio.


Jane Turner
 
has been making "Emotionally propelled choreography...formidable" (The Stage, London) since forming her own dance company in London in the 1990s. Her work has toured in UK and Europe. "Her images not only compelled the attention, they resonated long after in the memory" (MTD Journal of the Performing Arts). Her choreographic method maps the essential dynamics, histories and possibilities of individual bodies and selves to weave multi-textural choreographic events "Excellent" (Suddeutsche Zeitung, Munich) and draws on wide experience working with different media and digital technologies that result in work that is "Mesmerising, playful, provocative" (East Anglian Daily Times). 


Sean Bruno 
Sean Bruno is a performer, writer and dramaturge with over 20 years experience in making original, solo and collaborative, performance work. His creative practice embraces various performance styles and disciplines, including spoken word, contemporary dance, music, multimedia and site-specific performance 
with performance companies as The National Theatre of Ireland, Theatre Nomad, The International Workshop Festival, Lo Commotion Dance, Teatro Vivo and Sweden’s The Harbour Project.

He is the co-founder of London's Centre for Solo Performance (www.centreforsoloperformance.com).