Bite shows at Barbican to May 2009


Bite shows at Barbican to May 2009

Bite 2009 productions at the Barbican Centre includes....

30 Jan to 21 Feb 2009
in Barbican Theatre
SHUN-KIN: by Complicite/Simon McBurney, based on the writings of Jun'ichiro Tanizaki. Tells the tale of devotion, passion and power, where beauty is unforgiving and love is blinding. Moving between the neon glow of Japan and the vanished world of Meiji, Shun-kin discovers the moments of light in a world of darkness. (In Japanese with English surtitles)

17 Feb to 28 Feb 2009
in Barbican Pit
OUT OF TIME: by Colin Dunne, directed by Sinead Rushe. A insight into Colin Dunne’s private world as a dancer. This solo multi-media show takes a step back from the frenetic world of competitive and commercial Irish dance to offer a contemporary perspective on the art form. Creating a hauntingly evocative soundscape, Dunne mixes percussive dance with live sound processing and archival film footage of traditional dancers.

5 Mar to 14 Mar 2009
in Barbican Theatre
PIED PIPER: by Boy Blue Entertainment, Hip-hop performance inspired by Robert Browning’s poem The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Music by Michael ‘MikeyJ’ Asante. Directed by ULTZ, produced by A Theatre Royal Stratford East. In an unnamed modern urban setting, the rats in the original poem become youths in black hoodies and are branded ‘ASBOs’, and Clown Governors rule the city. Pied Piper is a satirical performance exploring the recurring tabloid headlines, ‘Who will rid our streets of this vermin?’

18 Mar to 28 Mar 2009
in Barbican Silk Street Theatre
BILLY TWINKLE REQUIEM FOR A GOLDEN BOY: by Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes. Billy Twinkle is a middleaged cruise ship puppeteer who dazzles audiences with his ‘Stars in Miniature’ marionette nightclub act. Saucy burlesque stripper Rusty titillates the tourists and roller-skating juggler Bumblebear steals their hearts. Billy is the best in the business and on top of the world, until he is fired. Contemplating a watery demise, Billy is called back to reality by the ghost of his dead mentor Sid Diamond and forced to rekindle his passion for puppets, people and the dream of a life that sparkles. For anyone stuck mid-career, mid-love, mid-life, this requiem for a golden boy shines a light on the wonder of youth meeting the wisdom of age.

24 Mar Jan to 28 Mar 2009
in Barbican Theatre
TWELFTH NIGHT: after William Shakespeare. Marrying traditional Japanese theatre, Kabuki, with Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, celebrated Japanese director, Yukio Ninagawa creates a visionary new production. Relocates Shakespeare’s well-loved comedy to a fantastical and colourful world set in Japan’s historical past. Directed by Yukio Ninagawa. In association with Thelma Holt Produced by Shochiku Co Ltd (In Japanese with English surtitles)

15 Apr to 16 May 2009
in Barbican Pit
PANIC: Created by Phelim McDermott, Lucy Foster, Matilda Leyser, Tamzin Griffin, Phil Eddolls, Lee Simpson, Julian Crouch, Colin Grenfell, Nick Powell and Lysander Ashton for Improbable. Love. Sex. Panic. Come into the forest. Where nymphs bathe and play. Where Pan sleeps. Careful not to wake him, he is the bringer of Panic. The Great God Pan: goat horns, goat’s legs, goatee beard and goaty penis, chasing his nymphs. But Pan is dead. Since AD 33 so the story goes. So that can’t be him at the window of a Brixton flat or snogging that woman in a crowded bar. Because the Great God Pan is dead. Or is he?

22 Apr to 2 May 2009
in Barbican Silk Street Theatre
ANDROMAQUE: By Jean Racine, directed by Declan Donnellan. Produced by BITE 09 / C.I.C.T/ Theatre des Bouffes du Nord In a co-production with Theatre du Nord, Lille and Cheek by Jowl. The Trojan War ended in a blaze of shame, a massacre of horrific proportions. Now the children of Troy’s Greek conquerors face the impossible task of living up to their immortalised parents. Hector’s widow, Andromaque, lives only to save her son. When the Greeks demand his surrender, she faces an appalling dilemma.

30 Apr to 16 May 2009
in Barbican Theatre
PEER GYNT: by Henrik Ibsen, new version by Colin Teevan. Directed by Dominic Hill. Produced by National Theatre of Scotland and Dundee Rep Ensemble. A radical interpretation of Ibsen’s classic play takes the audience on a wild theatrical journey. An tale of a life lived on the edge, this production promises a mix of trolls, madmen, dancing girls and live music.

21 May to 31 May 2009
in Barbican Theatre
BALE DE RUA : A mix of hip-hop, African dance, samba and capoeira. Hailing from the streets of Brazil, this adrenalin fuelled cast of 15 men and 1 woman deliver a high pressure performance celebrating life, love and all things Brazilian. Original music by Vincent Artaud, Pedro Ferreira, Nana Vasconcelos and Bale de Rua. Design, choreography and costumes by Marco Antonio Garcia.

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