Concert Theatre presents a breathtaking fusion of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. With a cast of five Lecoq-trained actors and two classical pianists from Royal Academy of Music, the two classic tales collide with stirring music and mesmerising physical theatre.
Deriving from the ‘ancient grudge’ of the famous Shakespearean tragedy, director An-Ting Chang speaks of using the theme of ‘sacrifice’ as the connecting element between Romeo and Juliet and The Rite of Spring: “In Romeo and Juliet, the environment of enmity, the pure lovers, hot-blooded young men, and the innocent fiancé all become sacrifices of circumstances. It is through this sacrificial connection that the marriage of The Rite of Spring and Romeo and Juliet was founded.”
With Lecoq-trained actors also taking on the role of devising for the production, every movement and silence heighten the tragic fate of the young lovers. They let the music speak their story, and movements speak their emotions.
4 -7 February, 7:30 pm： The Cockpit (Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH)
22 February, 6:00 pm： Greenwich Theatre (Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ES)
28 February, 7:30 pm： Stratford Art House (14 Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6LU)
From May, Concert Theatre will tour in Newbury Spring Festival, Bury St Edmunds Festival, Belper Festival, Deal Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.