Barbican Britten: Phaedra

Richard Alston Dance Company/Britten Sinfonia

6 - 9 November 2013 / 19:45


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‘Physically and artistically meshes dance and music to the max. Revel in it’
Evening Standard ««««

‘Alston's Phaedra has emotional subtlety and vivid imagery, with Britten inspiring the choreographer to new expressiveness’ Guardian ««««

‘Gives an added halo to the music’ Daily Telegraph ««««

‘Intelligent and heartfelt. [Alston’s] dance has both uplift and heartbreak written into its potent phrases’ Times  ««««

‘Intuitive, wonderful expressions in movement of Britten’s music for the voice’

‘Lustrous singing… sensitive playing… flawlessly danced’ Stage

Sechs Holderlin Fragmente (New work, Barbican co-commission, world premiere)
Phaedra (New work, Barbican co-commission, world premiere)
Les Illuminations 

Music performed by Britten Sinfonia, a Barbican Associate Ensemble
Choreography by Richard Alston
Violin / viola / director Pekka Kuusisto
Mezzo-soprano Allison Cook
Tenor Robin Tritschler
Piano Christopher Glynn 

When Richard Alston first heard the music of Benjamin Britten, he was ‘overwhelmed, not just by its incredible beauty but by the eloquent setting of words’.

In this diverse all-Britten evening, the words sung range from taut drama in Phaedra to succinctly intimate poetry in Holderlin Fragments, as both dances receive their world premieres. The wild imagery of Illuminations brings sheer exhilaration, in stark contrast to the quietly tender Lachrymae for viola and strings. All pieces see Britten Sinfonia with violinist/director Pekka Kuusisto, dancers and singers come together onstage for a truly one-off collaboration.

‘One of the most musical of all choreographers’ New York Times

Part of Barbican Britten, a celebration of Britten’s centenary, which includes a production of Curlew River, a semi-staged performance of Albert Herring by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Illuminating Britten, three days of film screenings, panel discussions and talks.

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No performance on 8 Nov

1 hour 50 mins/including two intervals

This event is part of:
All classical music events - 2013–2014 season
Barbican Britten 2013–2014
Barbican Presents 2013–2014


Phaedra and Holderlin Fragments commissioned by the Barbican


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