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Barbican - March 2020

March highlights

THE Barbican March 2020 highlights include:

Cheek by Jowl/Piccolo Teatro di Milano – The Revenger’s Tragedy (La tragedia del vendicatore) – in the Barbican Theatre from March 4 to March 7.

Intrigue, corruption, lust and the thirst for power collide in Cheek by Jowl’s first Italian show. Created by director Declan Donnellan and designer Nick Ormerod for Milan’s renowned Piccolo Teatro, The Revenger’s Tragedy is transformed into a macabre dance of death and performed by a charismatic ensemble of Italian actors.

Seeking retribution for the murder of his fiancée by the Duke, Vindice is drawn into a terrible helter-skelter of punishment that throws his very identity in crisis. Written by Thomas Middleton (1580-1627) at a time of growing social unease, the play confronts us with a government embroiled in shady affairs and a society obsessed with money, social status and fame.

The Revenger’s Tragedy is performed in Italian with English surtitles.

Barbican Open Lab Showcase – in The Pit from March 23 to March 28 (7.45pm). Tickets are only £5 per performance.

The new Barbican Open Lab programme nurtures creative practitioners from a range of backgrounds and contexts, supporting the development of socially engaged, inclusive performance that has the potential to reach new audiences.

This March, the Open Lab Showcase performances come to The Pit, following a period of research and development at the Barbican. From Monday to Saturday, this first cohort of six emerging and mid-career artists take to the stage for one evening each to present their showcase performances to audiences eager to discover the next generation of talent. And they are:

Wait Till The End by The PappyShow is a joyful and tender physical work asking how we can find life in death. (Monday, March 23).

FORGE by Rachel Mars explores memorial tourism and considers behaviour at sites of traumatic events. (Tuesday, March 24).

CASTE-ING by Nouveau Riché depicts the current professional and emotional issues faced by Black women in theatre. (Wednesday, March 25).

CRY CRY KILL KILL by Louise Orwin looks at female rage and what it means to be a survivor in a post #MeToo world. (Thursday, March 26).

I, MELANIA by Varjack-Lowry raises questions around how societies view and respond to ‘foreigners’. (Friday, March 27).

Piece of Me by Claire Gaydon examines the cult of celebrity and the extent to which we cede our own privacy in the digital age. (Saturday, March 28).

Ballet Black – Double Bill – in the Barbican Theatre from March 26 to March 29.

The hugely popular Ballet Black is back with a double bill full of lyrical contrasts and beautiful movement.

For her latest programme, Artistic Director Cassa Pancho brings audiences two original works: Then Or Now by The Royal Ballet’s Olivier Award-winning choreographer Will Tuckett, which blends classical ballet, music and the poetry of Adrienne Rich to ask the question where do we belong? Mthuthuzeli November contemplates the purpose of life in The Waiting Game. Expect sensational solos, seductive duos and fiercely dynamic pieces performed seamlessly by the group.

Ballet Black is transforming the dance landscape by giving a platform to artists of black and Asian descent as well as to new and established choreographic voices whose unexpected stories and themes come from the heart to resonate with modern audiences.