A work by Lloyd Newson (DV8 Physical Theatre)
German premiere of the reworking
Ballet Rambert & Sadler’s Wells
World premiere 7.6.1995, Wiener Festwochen
Premiere of the reworking 14.2.2020, Festspielhaus St. Pölten
Premiere international run 19.2.2020, Onassis STEGI, Athens
Twenty-five years after legendary dance iconoclast Lloyd Newson (DV8) first dragged British pub culture kicking and yelling onto the stage, Rambert and Sadler’s Wells present Newson’s reworking of this landmark physical-theatre production.
- 1 h 20 min, without interval
- recommended from age 15+
As pertinent now as it was when first staged in 1995, Enter Achilles wrestles with the notion of masculinity, through the funny, provocative and disturbing actions of eight men during an evening in a British pub.
The critically acclaimed original production now returns to the stage with a new cast, selected by Newson, in his first-ever collaboration with another company, the world-renowned Ballet Rambert. With his company DV8 Physical Theater, he has been a guest at the Berliner Festspiele as part of spielzeit’europa.
Ballet Rambert is one of the world’s leading contemporary dance companies. Known for its diverse programme and international outlook, it is also a British national institution with loyal audiences throughout the UK.
Ballet Rambert is innovative and forward-thinking, spearheading the direction of contemporary dance. It has been a home to the great modern choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries. From Frederick Ashton to Christopher Bruce to Wayne McGregor, early choreographic opportunities were commissioned by Ballet Rambert. Today, the world’s most diverse ensemble of dancers take on these great works as well as giving a platform to the new voices of contemporary dance. After 17 years, Ballet Rambert now returns to Berlin.
Conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson (DV8 Physical Theatre)
Choreography Lloyd Newson with the performers (past and present)
Original Set Design Ian MacNeil
Original Music Adrian Johnston
Original Lighting Design Jack Thompson
Creative Associate & Tour Director Hannes Langolf
Performed by Ballet Rambert
Performers Richard Cilli, Tom Davis Dunn, Nelson Earl, Miguel Fiol Duran, Ian Garside, Eddie Hookham, Scott Jennings, Georgios Kotsifakis, Jag Popham, John Ross
Lighting realised by Richard Godin
Associate Sound Designer Amir Sherhan
Design Assistant Loren Elstein
Costume Design Kinnetia Isidore, Richard Gellar
Rehearsal Director Paul White