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Winged Bull In The Elephant Case

Directed By Robin Friend and Wayne McGregor 

Music by Joel Cadbury 

Featuring performances by pianist Joanna MacGregor and cellist Tunde Jegede


As the Second World War broke out, the National Gallery’s art collection was buried for safe-keeping deep in the Manod slate mines of Snowdonia. 

Winged Bull in the Elephant Case dramatises the journey of a lost painting that takes human form, as it strives, to get back to the National Gallery. Combining extraordinary dance forms, and filmed underground and in the National Gallery, this immersive performance for the screen questions how far we should go to preserve our cultural heritage in the face of violence and aggression.

Winged Bull in the Elephant Case features choreography by Wayne McGregor, Charlotte Edmonds, Botis Seva and Bonetics, performed by Company Wayne McGregor, Alessandra Ferri, Bonetics, and Far From The Norm. The production for BBC Performance Live is written and directed by Robin Friend, choreographed and directed by Wayne McGregor, and the live screen director is Rhodri Huw. The music is composed by Joel Cadbury with performances by pianist Joanna MacGregor and cellist Tunde Jegede, and spoken word performed by Isaiah Hull. Introduced by Clemency Burton-Hill.

The film was broadcast on BBC Two on Saturday 17 March 2018 at 10:40pm, and is now available on BBC iPlayer.

Gallery images by Ravi Deepres

Manod image by Robin Friend