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Normal Love - Lilian Baylis Studio

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ELDARIN Yeong Studio and Normal Love Theatre are presenting Normal Love, a physical exploration of the darker side of love inspired by the paintings of Francis Bacon, at the Lilian Baylis Studio – from Tuesday, July 15 to Thursday, July 17, 2014.

Chinese visual artist and theatre director Zi Ling directs this bold collaboration between visual artists, actors, musicians and designers, exploring love and all its dilemmas in a surreal and heightened world.

Inspired by Francis Bacon’s absurdist and visceral paintings, Ling draws out the dark emotions in Bacon’s work in eleven scenes of intimate love, distorted desires, jealousy and violent passions.

Rooted in a minimalist set by award-winning Wang Jing and with costume by fashion designer Tong Zhao, the physical theatre is accompanied by two musicians – Steve Broe and Julius Tedaldi – creating an uneasy soundscape. Choreography is by Jemma Gould, and lighting and dramaturgy by Tan Hua.

The cast comprises Joe Garbett, Monika Klimaite, Inda Pereda and Nectarios Theodorou.

Zi Ling is a visual artist and theatre director who has established herself as a painter, as well as creating numerous short films and visual installations. Her film credits include: Red (short), Prayer (short) and 4’13 (short). Video works include the installation Blue and the series Fine, both displayed at Chelsea College of Arts. Normal Love is her West End debut.

She said: “In this piece, I would like to present a live game among lovers, to explore various types of intimate relationships, which are manifested through the sensitivity of physical movements. I want to create a world that is saturated by violence and governed by distorted desires.”

Eldarin Yeong Studio is a cross-art forms producing company whose work includes dance, drama, musical and opera. They aim to produce provoking, radical, contradictory and entertaining work and create international collaborations, building a platform for both British and foreign artists to present their work to a more diverse audience.​

Their current productions include Romeo and Juliet/The Rite of Spring (on tour), A Time to Die, A Time to Love (tour and National Theatre of China) and Bound Feet Blues (Tristan Bates Theatre).

Normal Love is suitable for ages 16+.

Tickets: £20, £17 concessions – available on 0844 412 4300 or online at www.sadlerswells.com/.

Time: 7.45pm.

Running Time: 70 minutes (no interval).