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National Theatre Wales
September 2012
In Flintshire

Branches: The Nature of Crisis

Part of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad.

A new commission from
CONSTANZA MACRAS/DORKYPARK

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.

About the Production

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.

Extra Content
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

a tonic
comical and disturbing

an evening of striking imagery

visual images worthy of a Turner Prize
All the power and mystery of storytelling is there

Cast & Musicians

Cast
GARETH ALED
LOUIS BECKER
ROSALIND HAF BROOKS
CATRIONA JAMES
NILE KOETTING
ANA MONDINI
HANSEL NEZZA
ADANNA OJI
MIKI SHOJI
JEM TREAYS
LARA WARD

Musicians
SCOTT BAKER
SADIE FINCH
KRISTINA LÖSCHE-LÖWENSEN
ALMUT LUSTIG

Creative Team

Director/Choreographer
CONSTANZA MACRAS

Dramaturg
CARMEN MEHNERT

Assistant Designer
RUTH STRINGER

Lighting Designer
SERGIO PESSANHA

Sound Designer
MIKE BEER

Costume Designer
ALLIE SAUNDERS

Creative Technologist
LUIS BLACKALLER

Digital and AV Designer
JON STREET

Composer
ALMUT LUSTIG

Composer
KRISTINA LÖSCHE-LÖWENSEN

Emerging Director
BAMBO SOYINKA

Creative Associates
MIGRATIONS DANCE