IT PROMISES to be one of the most unusual outdoor performances of the summer and one to fall in love with.
Love In Idleness is a promenade dance theatre performance which is touring five Yorkshire’s gardens.
It was created four years ago by contemporary dance artist Rachel Dean as a commission for Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.
Rachel has been re-working the show in a residency at Burton Agnes Hall, near Driffield, where the tour begins, and in the studio at Yorkshire Dance in Leeds.
It comes to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park tomorrow (July 7) and to Oakwell Hall at Birstall on Sunday (July 8).
The piece is named after the white flower made famous by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The flower is struck by one of Cupid’s arrows, turning the bloom purple and giving it the properties of a magic love potion.
This love potion, when dropped into someone’s eyes, causes them to fall hopelessly in love with the first person they see.
Audiences are promised that they will stumble upon hidden worlds in some of the area’s most lovely gardens and landscape, led by a cast of dancers and live musicians.
Love In Idleness is described as a playful, mischievous and charming adventure that is never the same twice, adapting itself to the features of each new garden in which it is performed.
Tickets for the Oakwell show are £5 (under-5s go free) on 01924 326240.