Traces Through Time


Traces Through Time is a powerful new stage production created by Fallen Angels Dance Theatre in collaboration with the world’s first recovery orchestra, New Note Orchestra.

Fusing dance, live music and spoken word, Traces Through Time is a deeply moving exploration of complex journeys of recovery, from mental health adversity to life-altering transformation.

Devised by the FADT’s Artistic Director and former Birmingham Royal Ballet Soloist Paul Bayes Kitcher alongside the dancers and musicians in recovery, the performers bring their life experiences and stories to the stage. With musical direction by Conall Gleeson and spoken word by Louise Wallwein, Traces Through Time will premiere this November at Storyhouse Chester and the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House in London.

Funded by Arts Council England and Garfield Weston Foundation with support from Storyhouse and Royal Opera House.

Book tickets 

Book tickets | 1 November at Storyhouse, Chester

Book tickets | 4 November at Royal Opera House, London – SOLD OUT

Book tickets | 5 November Insights event at Royal Opera House, London

If you are unable to attend the Insight in London, you can watch the live stream on YouTube


Content Guidance:

Traces through Time includes references to trauma, mental health challenges, addiction, and domestic violence.

Venue Access:

For information on venue access visit here for Storyhouse access information and visit here for Royal Opera House access information.

Video insights 

Discover more about the creation of Traces Through Time

FADT Artistic Director, Paul Bayes Kitcher talks about the creation of Traces Through Time


FADT producer Claire talks about the early stages of creation.

New Note Orchestra’s founder Molly introduces our collaboration.

Dancer Jo talks about releasing trauma through movement.

Musicians Sean and Alex from New Note Orchestra talk about what it’s like to work with dancers.

Colette, dancer with Fallen Angels Dance Theatre talks about performing and collaborating with New Note Orchestra.

Adele from New Note Orchestra demonstrates how playing the hand bells can be just like a choreographed performance.

Visual Story:

You can read through this guide before the performance so you know what to expect and/or follow along with the performance. There are hard copies (subject to availability) of the visual story available at the performances.

Online visual story (download as a PDF)

Large print visual story (download as a PDF)


Insights pack

A downloadable resource with production insights, information and creative ideas for students, teachers and anyone interested in delving deeper into this remarkable show.

Download Insights pdf here


Programme Notes: 

The Traces Through Time programme notes for this incredible collaboration can be found here. An introduction from FADT Artistic Director, artist credits and biographies and more, click to view it.



Arts Council England, Foyle Foundation, Garfield Weston, Martin Geddes Trust