Four Quartets


Celebrated New York-based choreographer Pam Tanowitz taps into Eliot's four-part poem, a mysterious meditation on past and present, time and space, movement and stillness, replete with images of dance.
Four Quartets at Barbican Theatre

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Overview


Genre: Drama
Venue: Barbican Theatre
Starts: Wednesday 22 May 2019
Closes: Saturday 25 May 2019
Running time:1 hr 30 mins
Age suitability: 10+

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Synopsis


Published 75 years ago, Four Quartets is considered the crowning achievement of TS Eliot's career as a poet.


Today three visionaries respond to the cycle in a ravishing union of dance, music and art.


Celebrated New York-based choreographer Pam Tanowitz taps into Eliot's four-part poem, a mysterious meditation on past and present, time and space, movement and stillness, replete with images of dance.


Her ten-strong ensemble moves lavishly through glorious solos and duets to a beguiling score by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho played live, while actor Kathleen Chalfant narrates from the stage, capturing the dynamic and kinetic language of Four Quartets.


The evocative stage design centres on paintings by major American artist Brice Marden, their exquisite colours and strokes each making connections to the geographical locations of the masterpiece's four individual parts.


Containing piercing and unforgettable literary passages, this unprecedented collaborative performance of the work is the first to be authorised by the TS Eliot Estate.


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Dates


Previews from:Wednesday 22 May 2019

Closes:Saturday 25 May 2019

Performance days & times


Evening:

Wednesday ‑ 7‑45pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑45pm

Friday ‑ 7‑45pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑45pm


Matinee:
-

Tickets


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£25 - £45

Concessions:

Under 16

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Fri 24 May

Captioned performance


Cast


Kathleen Chalfant - Narrator

Performers:

Kara Chan

Jason Collins

Dylan Crossman

Christine Flores

Zachary Gonder

Lindsey Jones

Victor Lozano

Maile Okamura

Melissa Toogood

Musicians:

Colin Jacobsen (The Knights) and soloists from Britten Sinfonia


Creatives


Author: Enda Walsh
Composer: Kaija Saariaho
Set designer: Clifton Taylor
Costume designer: Reid Bartelme, Harriet Jung
Choreography: Pam Tanowitz
Lighting: Clifton Taylor
Sound: Jean-Baptiste Barrière
Dramaturg: Gideon Lester

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