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Mark Godden's Angels in the Architecture

Mark Godden first became acquainted with the Shakers and their lasting gifts to us by reading a coffee table book and as he discovered more he became captivated by the beauty and simplicity of their life and the environment they built around themselves.

At the same time Mark became attracted to and familiar with Aaron Coplan’s Appalachian Spring. The most well known section of this composition is based on the Shaker melody Tis a Gift to be Simple, a tune also known today as Lord of the Dance.

Using these two sources of inspiration, Mark set about creating Angels in the Architecture. The title is derived from this quote from Thomas Merton: ‘...The peculiar grace of a Shaker chair is due to the fact that an angel might come and sit on it.’

Tue 12 to Thu 14 May 2015 at Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London.

  • Premier Dancer Pippa Moore in Angels in the Architecture. Photo Emma Kauldhar.
    Premier Dancer Pippa Moore. Photo Emma Kauldhar.
  • Dancers Pippa Moore and Abigail Prudames in Angels in the Architecture. Photo Emma Kauldhar.
    Dancers Pippa Moore and Abigail Prudames. Photo Emma Kauldhar.
  • Dancers Ashley Dixon and John Hull in Angels in the Architecture. Photo Emma Kauldhar.
    Dancers Ashley Dixon and John Hull. Photo Emma Kauldhar.
  • Former Northern Ballet Premier Dancer Keiko Amemori in Angels in the Architecture. Photo Emma Kauldhar.
    Former Northern Ballet Premier Dancer Keiko Amemori. Photo Emma Kauldhar.
  • Dancers Keiko Amemori and Martha Leebolt in Angels in the Architecture. Photo Emma Kauldhar.
    Dancers Keiko Amemori and Martha Leebolt. Photo Emma Kauldhar.

Touring to

This production is not currently on tour. Take a look at our national tour listings to see what we're performing and where.

Previously toured to...

London Linbury Studio Theatre at Royal Opera House
020 7304 4000
Leeds Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre
0113 220 8008

This table displays past performances of this production.