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.’
- Choreography Mark Godden
- Music Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland
- Production Manager Steve Wilkins
- Scenic Design Paul Daigle and Mark Godden
- Lighting Design Alastair West
- Set built by Northern Ballet Technical
- CAD Draughtsman Steve Wilkins
- Costume Design Paul Daigle
- Costume Supervisor Kim Brassley assisted by Mikhaila Pye
- Costumes made by Julie Anderson, Sarah Anderson and Limited Editions, Leeds
- Dyeing by Chris Duffelen