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Following the success of Silence of the Soul, Fin Walker and Ben Park have assembled an impressive group of artists working collaboratively to create Essence, a dance opera in two acts. Inspired by the poetry of William Butler Yeats, the Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet, Essence explores how we disguise and counterfeit ourselves to present a false self to the world, and how this inevitably creates chaos. Walker Dance Park Music’s continuing development sees the marriage of music and movement. Essence exudes an ethereal mood and contemplative atmosphere, as bodies alternate between a separated and intertwined physicality, co-existing in their own worlds. Walker Dance Park Music is an Associate Company of the Royal Opera House Co-produced with ROH2 at the Royal Opera House Co-commissioned by Opera North, Swindon Dance and ICIA (Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts) University of Bath with support from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Walker Dance Park Music is funded by Arts Council England