Russell Moreton

Due to phenomenal demand for tickets during its world premiere season at Sadler’s Wells earlier in 2009, Eonnagata returns for a limited run.

This brand new Sadler’s Wells production brings together three of the world’s foremost creative minds: internationally acclaimed dancer Sylvie Guillem, world-renowned theatre-maker Robert Lepage and award-winning choreographer Russell Maliphant.

Eonnagata tells the story of the Chevalier d’Éon, Charles de Beaumont – diplomat, writer, swordsman and a member of the King’s Secret, a network of spies under the control of Louis XV. De Beaumont was perhaps the first spy to use transvestitism in the furtherance of his duties and until the day he died his true gender was a source of constant speculation, even provoking public bets in the late 18th century.
“The alchemist of modern imagistic theatre, Robert Lepage is one of the most challenging and chimeric directors of our time”

For this remarkable collaboration, Guillem, Lepage and Maliphant draw not only from their respective backgrounds, but also from the ancient Kabuki technique of Onnegata – in which male actors portray female roles in an extremely stylised fashion.

The elaborate costumes of Louis XV’s court will be evoked by legendary fashion designer Alexander McQueen, complemented by stunning lighting from Michael Hulls.

A Sadler’s Wells Production presented in association with
Ex Machina & Sylvie Guillem

Russell Moreton.


~ by russellmoreton on April 27, 2013.

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