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Barbican - February 2020

February highlights

THE Barbican February 2020 highlights include:

Viviana Durante Company – Isadora Now – in the Barbican Theatre from Friday, February 21 to Saturday, February 29. Part of Inside Out.

A remarkable evening of performance paying tribute to the American dancer Isadora Duncan, a timeless feminist icon who made work that enabled women to express themselves physically on their own terms.

To open, a rare opportunity to see Duncan’s own choreography. Dance of the Furies was created in 1905 and exemplifies daring, courage and ambition – qualities that were widely disapproved of in female dancers at the time.

Next the evocative Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan by Frederick Ashton, performed here by the legendary ballerina Viviana Durante in her first solo appearance for a decade.

And to close, UNDA (Waves) a new and fearless group piece by choreographer Joy Alpuerto Ritter set to specially composed live music by Lih Qun Wong.

The dancers are Begoña Cao, Viviana Durante, Nikita Goile, Sharia Johnson, Charmene Pang and Serena Zaccagnini.

Diverse City – Mid Life – in The Pit from Wednesday, February 19 to Saturday, February 22.

Three women paused at a moment in time – the menopause – talk about their fears, confront losses and invite acceptance as they unpack their real-life stories with soaring humour, honesty and rage.

Claire, Jacqui and Karen are emotional-load-bearers, up-all-nighters and piece-picker-uppers, finding their way through the frustration, freedom and possibility of those middle years. Layering elements of song, movement and live BSL interpretation into the narrative, this transformational and witty show connects experiences from different cultures and communities into a collective whole.

Mid Life encourages openness around the subject of menopause with empathy and keen observation.

All performances are BSL-interpreted and audio-described.