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Song of Songs

Pam Tanowitz and David Lang

An ensemble of five dancers move and pose elegantly in muted clothing. At the forefront of the stage, two dancers clasp hands.

Spiritual, playful and mystical dance-theatre from choreographer Pam Tanowitz and Pulitzer prize-winning composer David Lang, inspired by one of the greatest love poems of all time.

Song of Songs (also known as The Song of Solomon) is a biblical poem of yearning, steeped in unforgettable images of the natural world.  Having wowed Barbican audiences with the outstanding Four Quartets in 2019, Pam Tanowitz joins forces with composer David Lang to bring this beautiful text to life in a glorious collage of music, poetry and movement that reimagines ancient rituals of love and courtship. 

New York-based Tanowitz deconstructs classical dance, her distinctive vocabulary shining with invention, complexity and freedom. Inspired by her exploration of the history of Jewish dance, this uplifting new work moves between abstraction and figuration to create a meditation on loving and being.

Running time: 1 hour, no interval

Age guidance: 12+

Post-show talk, Thu 12 Oct
Pam Tanowitz and David Lang in conversation with Gideon Lester, Artistic Director at Bard. Free to same-day ticket holders.

Captioned performance
Fri 13 Oct, 8.15pm

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Presented by the Barbican

Song of Songs is a co-commission of the Fisher Center at Bard, Barbican London, UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, with the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels. The Fisher Center at Bard is Pam Tanowitz’s artistic home.



‘Breathtakingly beautiful‘
The New York Times
‘a work of masterly craftsmanship‘
The Guardian on Four Quartets
‘…dance theatre of the highest calibre‘
The New York Times on Four Quartets


One dancer lies on the floor with their leg and toes pointing upwards while another jumps in the air behind them.

Read: Guardian interview with Pam Tanowitz

Despite her work being described as the greatest dance theatre of the century, Tanowitz can still be found ‘backstage, throwing up’ before shows. Will her new production, based on a Hebrew love poem, help her finally embrace success?

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