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The Barbican - June 2014

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE Barbican is again collaborating with London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) to bring three performances to London as part of this year’s festival.

Russian director Dmitry Krymov comes to the capital for the first time with Opus No. 7 , depicting the oppression of Soviet Jews and the censorship of Shostakovich under Stalin (June 4 to June 14); She She Pop from Germany take to the stage with their real fathers in Testament (June 3 to June 7), and Young Jean Lee from the USA tackles issues of race and religion in The Shipment (June 10 to June 14).

Cheek by Jowl’s acclaimed production of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi returns to the Barbican (June 18 to June 22) following its sell-out run in the Centre’s Silk Street Theatre in spring 2013.

The play, which depicts despot Ubu after he has seized control of a kingdom, was outlawed following its first performance in 1896 after it caused outrage for its scandalous language and animalistic brutality. Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod’s version is set within the civilised chic of a bourgeois dinner party, which soon fades into an hallucinatory parade of the grotesque in this satire on the worst excesses of greed and abuse of power.

Ubu Roi is performed in French with English surtitles.

And Charleroi Danses’ Kiss & Cry runs from June 25 to June 28.

A woman’s memories take shape in a miniature world as a duo of dancing hands flirt and intertwine becoming tender characters in their own right.

This innovative and poetic performance from prizewinning filmmaker Jaco Van Dormael and choreographer Michèle Anne De Mey uses digital technology to capture this sensual ballet of hands on camera, projecting it onto a panoramic screen.

NB: Tickets for the exclusive live screening from the Salzburg Festival of Katie Mitchell’s new production The Forbidden Zone are now on sale. Receiving its world premiere this summer, this one-off screening will be streamed to Barbican Cinema 1 on August 2 (6.30pm).