Getting physical with the Bard
This article is from 2008.
‘Putting Shakespeare to dance is a dangerous thing to tackle,’ says John Farmanesh-Bocca about his ‘wild retelling’ of Pericles. ‘People are like, “well, are you going to make it a dance or are you actually going to speak the language properly?” We’re trying to do both.
The director of Californian physical theatre company No Man Apart, Farmanesh-Bocca is no stranger to Edinburgh: he wrote and directed last year’s Fringe First winner Wish I Had a Sylvia Plath. But whatever prompted him to go from a one-woman play to a dance odyssey of incestuous kings and moralising prostitutes?
‘My creative heroes have always been people who dabble in as many genres as possible, and telling stories through the body seemed to be an interesting way to approach Shakespeare. It’s character that drives both of these pieces, too. No matter how you tell it, you’re playing about with real human relationships.’
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