Vuelos inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's fascination with flight

Vuelos inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's fascination with flight

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Madrid-based dance company Aracaladanza present dance theatre for families

He might be best known for the 'Mona Lisa' and 'The Last Supper', but Leonardo da Vinci had a whole lot more on his CV than painting. From engineering and mathematics to anatomy and botany, his impressive list of skills and interests have inspired millions of people over the past 500 years – including Argentinean choreographer Enrique Cabrera.

The founder of Madrid-based dance company Aracaladanza, Cabrera has been creating shows for children and young people for the past two decades, often finding inspiration in visual artists. His past three works have captured the work of Hieronymus Bosch, René Magritte and Joan Miró – and now it's time for da Vinci's turn on the dancefloor.

Remarkably, da Vinci was sketching designs for 'flying machines' as early as 1488 and Cabrera has packed his latest production, Vuelos (Flight) with dozens of fun, quirky and surprising props and costumes that draw on his vision.

'I have so much respect for da Vinci,' says Cabrera. 'He was a genius, and if you look at all his work, it's incredible. But the work of Leonardo is so enormous, I had to concentrate on just one thing – and flight felt like the best way.'

Church Hill Theatre, 11–13 Aug, 6pm (also 2pm, 12 & 13 Aug), £20 (£10).

Vuelos Family Workshop

Vuelos is a magical dance theatre work for children and families that challenges you to wonder and to contemplate our eternal dream – to be able to fly. Inspired by the show, the wonderful company Aracaladanza will run two family workshops for children aged 5 to 8, and their grown-ups.

Vuelos

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Have you ever dreamt of flying – of soaring with the birds in the sky? Vuelos is a magical dance theatre work for children and families that challenges you to wonder, and to contemplate our eternal dream: to be able to fly. Combining captivating digital animation and life-size puppets, mirrors and shadows, athletic…

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