Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" meets Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" A musical masquerade by the Concert Theatre Company at the Barnfield Theatre Thursday 1 May 2014 Press Release from An-Ting Chang

The Rite of Spring/Romeo & Juliet
A Concert Theatre Production

fusing classical ballet and theatre
Exeter Barnfield Theatre
Thursday 1 May

"The Rite of Spring/Romeo and Juliet" is a radical interpretation of Stravinsky’s ballet and orchestral concert work, in the theatrical setting of love and hatred between two Shakespeare’s rivalling households, Capulet and Montague.

Conceived by Concert Theatre, the production uses commedia half masks and piano four-hands to create a music-oriented physical theatre piece through the re-telling of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy.

Photos: Lidia Crisafulli

The production involves collaboration between concert pianists from the Royal Academy of Music, and actors (plus director) from the Paris school of Jacques Lecoq. The masks are designed and produced by specialists from Trestle Theatre.

The production is supported by Arts Council England.



"FRINGE THEATRE AT ITS FINEST":  Views from the Gods   «««««

"THE BEST PIECE OF PHYSICAL THEATRE":  Everything Theatre   ««««

"A FASCINATING AND CHALLENGING PIECE"  UK Theatre Network

"INNOVATIVE AND CREATIVE, EXCITING AND FRESH"  The Theatre Tourist






The latest work by Concert Theatre, a young company combining classical music and theatre in live performance, brings together pianists from the Royal Academy of Music with Lecoq-trained performers and Trestle Theatre to create an exciting reinterpretation of two great classic works.
A visceral marriage of two tales of slaughtered innocence, The Rite of Spring/Romeo and Juliet pairs Stravinsky’s ballet and orchestral concert work with Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy. Performed in four-hand piano and commedia half-mask, the stories interweave passion, rage, despair and sacrifice to create an exciting reinterpretation of two great classic works.
The Rite of Spring/ Romeo and Juliet is a radical interpretation of Stravinsky’s ballet and orchestral concert work in the theatrical setting of love and hatred between two Shakespeare’s rivaling households, Capulet and Montague. Conceived by Concert Theatre, the production uses commedia half masks and piano four-hands to create a music-centred physical theatre piece through the re-telling of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy with a collaboration among concert pianists from the Royal Academy of Music, actors and director from Lecoq-based system and mask specialists from Trestle Theatre.




Concert Theatre
Concert Theatre
Exeter Barnfield Theatre
Thursday 1 May 7.30pm
RITE OF SPRING/ROMEO & JULIET
in association with Trestle Theatre
Directors: An-Ting ChangRussell Bender
Piano: An-Ting Chang
                 Arabella Pare
                         Bella Chen
Performers: Alex Hehman
                    Ban Hadley
                      Kim Heron
                        Monika Lindeman
                          Nektarios Teodorou
Tickets: £14 (student/child £10)
Box Office: 01392 271808
(10am - 4pm Monday to Friday)
Book Online   Concert Theatre Website

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