Love in Idleness

Love in Idleness is a promenade dance theatre performance for all the family.

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Rachel received funding from Grants for the Arts to tour Love in Idleness in Summer 2012. The piece was reworked in a residency at Burton Agnes stately home and produced by Yorkshire Dance. Performances took place in gardens across Yorkshire; Burton Agnes Hall,  Golden Acre Park,  Yorkshire Sculpture ParkOakwell Hall and Sheffield Botanical Gardens.


Inspired by William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this is a playful, mischievous and charming adventure.

Stumble upon hidden worlds in our most stunning landscaped gardens, led by dancers and live musicians.

Love in Idleness is an experience that is never the same twice…

For more information please click through the Love in Idleness page on the Yorkshire Dance Website

Rachel on Love in Idleness:

“The evening began with the audience gathered on the lawn of the stately home drinking elderflower champagne, before being taken on a journey by the performers and musicians, through the formal gardens, into the herb garden and finally outside the garden walls into the wilderness area and wood. I wanted the audience to make the transition with us from the formal, normal ways of being into something more creative, magical and wild as the characters in A Midsummer Night’s Dream do. When the audience easily and happily danced with us out under the trees at the end of the evening I was delighted to have given a varied audience the opportunity to engage with dance in a different way by becoming part of it. Having the audience as such an integral part of the performance, meant that something unique and unrepeatable was created with the people who were in that garden on Midsummer’s Night.”

Audience Feedback:

“Mysterious, bizarre, intriguing, brave, simple, sophisticated, professional, magical – a wonderful pot-pourri of arts and gardens.
“It was set up so that by the end the audience had so much become a part of the piece that we happily joined in the dancing, it seemed like the right thing. It totally worked.”
“The cast, band and audience met for the end of the piece in the wilderness wood, and the entire audience danced by candlelight under ancient trees on Midsummer Night. I was captivated, dazzled and intrigued. I was spell bound.”

 If you want to know more about how the project went you can download Rachel’s evaluation here Love in Idleness evaluation