Festivals

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Le Sacre du Printemps
Festival d’Automne

In the context of the Festival d’Automne in Paris, Xavier Le Roy seizes the mythic Sacre du printemps and proposes a very original version of it. There is no ballet, only three dancers who successively come on ...
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Grammaire étrangère
Festival d’Automne

‘If I say “chop” or “devour”, there is the birth of an image. Even if this image is at the same time, curiously enough, an invisible image. Everybody sees what devour means... But who devours and what, we never...
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The Beacon
Dublin Theatre Festival

Set in a sea-view cottage on an island off the Southern coast of Ireland, The Beacon immediately plunges the spectator in its atmosphere before it even begins. The set, simply yet beautifully designed by Franci...
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Beckett’s Room
Dublin Theatre Festival

As the title of this new Dead Center/Gate theatre production indicates, it is a play about a place. Indeed, the only actual living creature seen on stage during the play is… a cockerel. Entering the Gate The...
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Psychosis – Close Strangers Festival

This is a swirling mix of very dark poetry and even darker humour presented with a powerful Brechtian soundtrack. The performance is non-linear but surprisingly easy to follow (not least for me because quite a ...
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Restaurant Ukraine – Close Strangers Festival

Restaurant Ukraine is a deliberately disjointed affair. Made up of two performers mixing spoken word, dance, rap and political commentary it is more hit than miss, though it does feel occasionally scattergun in...
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Red Wedding – Close Strangers Festival

Red Wedding is an interactive piece with an interesting cultural past and much to recommend it. It explores through the enactment of a secular wedding ceremony (of the kind thrown and then abandoned in the earl...
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Modern Slavery – Close Strangers Festival

Modern Slavery is not really a play in the traditional sense. It is a collaborative piece in which each of the cast has researched different aspects of modern slavery in and around Poland (with a particular foc...