Les Enfants Terribles, ROH at Barbican
Javier de Frutos unites dance's greatest talents in his take on Philip Glass’ dark dance opera
A gem that glitters darkly in the Royal
Ballet new season (2016/17) is this new version of Philip Glass’ 1996
dance opera, directed and choreographed by Javier de Frutos. Its history begins
with Jean Cocteau, and his 1929 novel Les
It’s the merciless story of siblings Paul and Lise, children
of a bedridden mother and vanished father. When their world contracts under
Paul’s own illness, they begin a game of psychological one-upmanship, where the
loser is the first to crack.
As they grow older, the game continues, but real life and
loves encroach on their power over one another, and jealousy raises the stakes
in their psychological warfare.
Glass created the dance opera for his 80th birthday,
his third work based on Cocteau’s writings. Javier De
Frutos, choreographer behind both an award-winning Cabaret and some of dance’s most graphic violence, will ditch the
original choreography, and in its place we can expect dark and flamboyant drama.
Equally exciting is the cast. Edward Watson and Zenaida
Yanowsky, two of the finest and most versatile dancers at the Royal, will join
forces with leading lights in contemporary dance, including our favourite
Jonathan Goddard, twice winner of the Critics Circle Best Male Dance award, and
highly-acclaimed fellows Clemmie Sveeas, Thomas Gülgec and Gemma Nixon.
Each character will have a dance and opera representative,
with the singing roles taken by up-and-coming stars of the Jette Parker programme,
Emily Edmonds, Jennifer Davis, Paul Curievici and Gyula Nagy.
It’s hard to imagine a choreographer better suited to
Cocteau’s love-hate games. And there’s nothing on the ballet
in London calendar to live up to this much-anticipated mix of dance stars.
All in all, we’re excited.
|What||Les Enfants Terribles, ROH at Barbican|
Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
|Nearest tube||Barbican (underground)|
27 Jan 2017 – 29 Jan 2017, 4pm on the 29th
|Website||Click here for more info via ROH|