UKTW - 25 years online


VenueBarbican Centre
Other spaces: Barbican Theatre,Barbican Hall. Guildhall School of Music and Drama Theatre, Cinema1,Cinema2,Gallery, Silk Street Theatre
TownWest End
CountyGreater London
From22nd May 2019
To25th May 2019
What is currently on at Barbican Centre (V371)

Four Quartets

Four QuartetsT698148034

Archive :: production:T698148034, dance or ballet:S497322341, venue:V371

Production details

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.


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
DramaturgGideon Lester
Performer Kathleen Chalfant (Narrator)
Performer Kara Chan
Performer Jason Collins
Performer Dylan Crossman
Performer Christine Flores
Performer Zachary Gonder
Performer Lindsey Jones
Performer Victor Lozano
Performer Maile Okamura
Performer Melissa Toogood
Performer Colin Jacobsen (The Knights)
Company Britten Sinfonia (some musicians)

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