Artistic director Stuart Maunder wraps up his debut season at State Opera with this gorgeous production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly: an opera whose rich beauty is as dissonant as ever with the appalling reality behind this troubling tale.
Akram Khan’s gift for expressing profound allegories of the human condition through contemporary dance is as present as ever through the emotional power, pathos and beauty of this performance by six outstandingly skilled dancers.
Inspired by a short story by Haruki Murakami, South Korean writer and director Lee Chang-dong’s darkly beautiful, sensual and disturbing portrayal of alienation and loss is so mesmerising and immersive that two and a half hours pass by as if in a dream.
If ever the world needed a mirror to reflect back the complex and troubled state of humanity in our dystopian world, it is now. With the wild and ecstatic physical poetry of Grand Finale, Hofesh Shechter Company delivers to powerful effect.
Equipped only with sticky tape, scissors, a circle of fans and a pile of plastic bags, performer Silvano Nogueira and the team from France’s Compagnie Non Nova conjure an enchanting ballet out of plastic waste.
Tiago Rodrigues’s deeply intelligent performance has 10 members of the audience learning a poem by heart, but his warmth, humour and perfectly paced storytelling draws the entire audience into a collective experience that touches the heart.