There’s a distinct chill in the air. Days are shorter, night falls suddenly and seasonal productions of A Christmas Carol start to creep into the diary with alarming frequency. How delightful then that the Barbican has given us something to look forward to in the announcement of their Spring/Summer 2011 programme.
February sees an hugely ambitious project from Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Following their six-hour staging of Roman Tragedies last year, they return, bringing The Antonioni Project. Combining studio and video projection and featuring almost the entire Toneelgroep Amsterdam ensemble, this is an extraordinary visual feast, a theatrical adaptation of the 1960’s film trilogy L’Avventura, La Notte, and L’Eclisse by Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni.
Acclaimed British directors Peter Brook and Deborah Warner bring gravitas to the season. Brook presents the UK premiere of Bouffes Du Nord’s A Magic Flute in March, which promises to be a far from traditional Flute while Warner, who last directed a cast of over 100 in Julius Caesar at the Barbican in 2005, returns in May with a revival of Sheridan’s comedy, School for Scandal. Also to look forward to is the UK premiere of The Blue Dragon, by Robert Lepage, in which he also stars.
Cheek By Jowl are synonymous with the Barbican, and their Moscow based sister company, The Chekhov International Festival, will present The Tempest at the venue in April, while acclaimed touring company Told By An Idiot return with And The Horse You Rode In On: A Sequence Of Serious Follies in the same month.
Few companies excel in sheer audacious invention like Ridiculusmus. In May, their Total Football, is an attempt to galvanise the UK Olympics team into winning a gold medal in the football category by creating a UK football team. Olivier award winners, Duckie, present Lullaby, an all night sleep over in June.
Already familiar to Barbican audiences, dance company Boy Blue will krump, hip hop and crank it up in the Barbican alongside the biennial SPILL Festival of Performance and The International Festival of Mime. And, from across the globe, Circa, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Belvoir and Black Swan State Theatre Company complete the diverse season.