About the Show/Event
Information for Four Quartets at Barbican Centre, West End (Dance or ballet). 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.
Approximate runtime 90minutes (including any interval).
Age Advisory: 10+
Performers Kathleen Chalfant (Narrator), Kara Chan, Jason Collins, Dylan Crossman, Christine Flores, Zachary Gonder, Lindsey Jones, Victor Lozano, Maile Okamura, Melissa Toogood, Colin Jacobsen (The Knights).
Author TS Eliot. Choreographer Pam Tanowitz. Music Kaija Saariaho. Other Brice Marden (Images). Design Clifton Taylor. Lighting Clifton Taylor. Costume Reid Bartelme. Costume Harriet Jung. Sound Jean-Baptiste Barriere. Dramaturg Gideon Lester. Company Britten Sinfonia (some musicians).