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The Barbican - April 2018 highlights

April preview

THE Barbican highlights for April 2018 include:

The Royal Opera’s Coraline – in the Barbican Theatre from Thursday, March 29 to Saturday, April 7.

Fantasy and the imagination run wild in this new operatic adaptation by Mark-Anthony Turnage, a leading light in British music.

Neil Gaiman has transformed the landscape of children’s literature with his highly inventive, atmospheric and otherworldly narratives. Packed with astonishing imagery, Coraline is an engrossing yarn, a much-loved story about a girl who discovers a door in her parent’s home leading to an entirely different place and family.

Coraline is Turnage’s fourth opera, staged for families by Aletta Collins with Sian Edwards conducting the Barbican Associate Ensemble, Britten Sinfonia.

Cheek by Jowl’s Pericles (Périclès, Prince de Tyr) – in the Silk Street Theatre from Friday, April 6 to Saturday, April 21.

Featuring Cheek by Jowl’s French ensemble, last seen at the Barbican in the explosive Ubu Roi in 2014, Pericles (Périclès, Prince de Tyr) is directed by Declan Donnellan, awarded the Golden Lion of Venice for his lifetime achievement in theatre. In collaboration with Nick Ormerod, this is their first French Shakespeare production.

To save his life, Pericles must navigate stormy seas, pirates, brothels, incest, shipwrecks, human traffickers and tournaments. But as the fireworks dim, and chaos resolves, loss and love reveal themselves.

Described as astute, arresting and vital, Cheek by Jowl’s Shakespeare productions have inspired audiences around the world.

Pericles (Périclès, Prince de Tyr) is performed in French with English surtitles.

Complicité’s The Encounter with Simon McBurney – in the Barbican Theatre from Saturday, April 14 to Saturday, May 5.

First presented at the Barbican in 2016 and following a hit Broadway run and international tour, The Encounter, inspired by the novel Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu, returns to the Barbican.

This true story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre lost in a remote area of Brazil in 1969 leads to a startling encounter that is to change his life forever. Simon McBurney’s solo performance threads scenes of his own life with details of McIntyre’s hallucinogenic journey.

Garnered with Drama Desk, Evening Standard, Outer Critics’ Circle and Tony Awards, this extraordinary tour de force combines virtuosic storytelling and ground-breaking binaural sound transmitted direct to the audience through headphones.

Viviana Durante Company’s Kenneth MacMillan: Steps Back in Time – in The Pit from Wednesday, April 18 to Saturday, April 21.

In honour of Kenneth MacMillan, the hugely influential and ahead-of-his-time choreographer, the legendary ballerina Viviana Durante directs a programme from his enthralling earliest works.

Tearing up convention and turning staid ideas on their head, MacMillan began creating his own ballets in the 1950s. Believing that dance had the power to explore the human condition, he made potent stories with an emotional quality that invited audiences to become caught up in the fate of his characters.

As an artist whose association with MacMillan dates back to their time at The Royal Ballet, Durante has both danced and revived his creations. To celebrate his legacy and to mark 25 years since his death, she selects extracts from House of Birds and Danses Concertantes and presents Laiderette in full. Together, they highlight the boldness, insight, complexity, wit and relevance of MacMillan’s choreography.

Performed by artists from Ballet Black, Scottish Ballet and The Royal Ballet, including Principals Lauren Cuthbertson, Francesca Hayward and Thiago Soares, each contains a passionate pas de deux, another famous MacMillan forte.

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