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In this ground-breaking adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s first play, we follow BAAL, our anti-hero, along a path of consumption, greed and ultimate destruction.
The four dancers grapple with love, sexuality, art, fame, betrayal, nature and lust. As scenes of matadors, landladies, ghosts, circus animals, and forests unfurl, audiences are drawn deeper into a kaleidoscopic world of surreal images, extreme physicality and high drama.
Performed alongside a film combining new footage with archive materials, and an original soundtrack composed and performed live by electro-acoustic musician Robert Bentall.
“The show manages to pull off the double hit of being both engrossing and entertaining with consummate artistry by all concerned”. - ★★★★ StageTalk Magazine
“Beautifully danced, immensely physical and thought-provoking, BAAL is a riveting, emotive piece of Contemporary Dance Theatre." - Dance Journal UK
"Brecht created his monster in 1918 as he struggled to come to terms with the carnage of the First World War. For him, the poet Baal symbolised the pitiless denial of personal responsibility he saw all around him – and it’s as a symbol that Baal is still depressingly relevant, both as a philandering egotist and as a representative of the self-serving plutocratic elite who are ravaging our planet." - Greenwich Visitor Blog
This short documetary by Val Burger follows Impermanence on their journey to create a dance theatre adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's play Baal.
Age Recommendation: 14+
Please Note: This performance contains semi-nudity, flashing images and some shouting.
TUE 24 SEP: Free post-show talk
Join us in The Place Cafe for a Q&A with the artists.
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Written by: Bertolt Brecht
Translated by: John Willett
Performed and choreographed by: Roseanna Anderson, Josh Ben-Tovim, Alessandro Marzotto Levy and Sonya Cullingford
Projection Performer: Harry Alexander
Based on work conceived and developed with: Tyrrell Jones (Knaive Theatre)
Directors: Roseanna Anderson and Josh Ben-Tovim
Production Designer: Pam Tait
Composer & Live Music: Robert Bentall
Lighting Designer: Tim Hardy
Video Designer: Duncan Wood
Dramaturgy & Text Edit: Tyrrell Jones
Camera; Val Burger
Colourist: Christopher Lyons
Producer: Lydia Wharf
Impermanence is a Bristol based company making critically acclaimed work for stage and film. The company started in 2011 and has consistently produced new work since, functioning as an ongoing experiment into collaborative creation.
With thanks to: Bristol Old Vic, Arts Council England, British Council, Kevin Spacey Foundation, Pavilion Dance South West, DanceEast, Laban Theatre, The Place, Manchester Royal Exchange and Arnolfini.
Venue: at The Place
This event is part of Autumn Season 2019