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Barbican - March 2019 highlights include Cillian Murphy in Grief is the Thing with Feathers

March preview

THEATRE and dance highlights at the Barbican in March 2019 include:

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (Toneelgroep Amsterdam) – Medea – in the Barbican Theatre from Wednesday, March 6 to Saturday, March 9, 2019.

Award-winning Simon Stone directs the Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (formerly Toneelgroep Amsterdam) ensemble in a taut contemporary retelling of Euripides’ Medea. Marieke Heebink’s star turn as the central protagonist Anna won her the prestigious Dutch acting award, the Theo d’Or.

After involuntary confinement in a psychiatric hospital, Anna, once a successful doctor, is determined to put things right. Willing to forgive her husband’s affair with a younger woman, she wants a fresh start with him and their children. But he has different plans. Sidelined and in danger of losing everything, she is driven into a corner and sees only one way out.

With incomparable performances by the ensemble, magnified at times by live video, audiences are turned into complicit witnesses.

Medea is performed in Dutch with English surtitles.

Ballet Black – Triple Bill – in the Barbican Theatre from Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, March 17.

Ballet Black return to the Barbican for the fourth consecutive year following their previous sell-out seasons

Led by Artistic Director Cassa Pancho, recent recipient of the Freedom of the City of London for her contribution to diversity in ballet, the company celebrates dancers of black and Asian descent.

Ingoma (Song), created by company dancer and choreographer Mthuthuzeli November, is a fusion of ballet, African dance and singing. This world premiere and Barbican co-commission portrays a milestone moment in South African history and imagines the struggles of black miners and their families in 1946, when 60,000 of them took courageous strike action.

Ballet Black reprise Martin Lawrance’s ‘wickedly intelligent’ (The Guardian) Pendulum – an intimate duet which premiered in 2009 and the choreographer’s first work made for the company. An original, light-hearted work by Scottish Ballet’s choreographer-in-residence, Sophie Laplane, also a world premiere, completes the Triple Bill.

Ursula Martinez – A Family Outing: 20 Years On (Part of Life Rewired) – in The Pit from Wednesday, March 27 to Saturday, March 30.

Twenty years after bringing her parents onstage in the sublime A Family Outing, Ursula Martinez attempts to recreate the show, without her dad, and with a mother who has been diagnosed with early stage dementia.

Absorbed in wryly honest and frank conversation, a mother and daughter expose the banalities, hilarity, foibles and frustrations of their relationship. Contrasting past and present, they bicker, cajole and encourage each other through this endearingly ad hoc, entertaining and ultimately uplifting performance.

Through a canny interplay with the first production, this bracingly funny new show blurs the lines between artifice and reality while grappling with identity and the march of time.

Grief is the Thing with Feathers from Wayward Productions in association with Complicité – in the Barbican Theatre from March 25 to April 13.

Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders) gives a riveting, shape-shifting performance in Enda Walsh’s adaptation of Max Porter’s multi-award winning novel, a heart-wrenching meditation on love, loss and living.

In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother’s sudden death. Their father, a scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair, they are visited by Crow – antagonist, babysitter, trickster and healer. This sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him.

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