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About Romances Inciertos, un autre Orlando

Choreographer-dancer-singer François Chaignaud, and four period-instrument musicians, slice through Spanish history from the Golden Age to the 21st century, in a joyously theatrical blend of Baroque music, cabaret, flamenco, and gender play.

Chaignaud gives life to three luminous romantic characters from Spanish drama, poetry and folklore: Doncella Guerrera, who sets out for war dressed as a man; the poet Garcia Lorca’s ambiguous archangel San Miguel; and the free-spirited dancer Tarara, an Andalusian Roma disappointed by love and hiding a secret androgyny.

In three fabulously-costumed acts, encircled by rich tapestries, Chaignaud is in a near constant state of physical and vocal metamorphosis, displaying extraordinary range in each discipline. The music accompanying these “uncertain romances” – Spanish melodies from the 16th and 17th centuries – is conjured live on stage by four musicians playing period instruments, including the bandoneon, Baroque guitar and viola da gamba.

Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, the Elizabethan courtier who undergoes a mysterious change of sex and lives for over 300 years, Chaignaud’s “opera-ballet” is a love letter to centuries of Spanish culture and an odyssey of a shape-shifting body that slices through the centuries.

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1hr 10min (no interval)

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Performed in Spanish. Translations available in the printed programme.

A true masterpiece
La Croix
...a presentation of all the multitudes within the human body ... an elegant evening of sumptuous dance
Broadway World

Carriageworks, Bay 17

245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, NSW 2015

21 - 26 Jan 2020

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