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Strasbourg 1518 - NZ Festival of the Arts



Thu 12 Mar 2020, 06:30 pm


Sun 15 Mar 2020, 07:40 pm


Circa Theatre


Dance, Arts Culture, Festivals Arts, Contemporary

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Strasbourg, 1518. A city on the brink. The triple threat of escalating inequality, rampant misogyny and a devastating drought threaten to break the town in two. When a lone woman steps out of her house and begins to dance, everyone is bewildered. But within days, hundreds more have followed her lead. As the authorities invent ever more bizarre ways to resolve this new crisis, the city falls one by one into a delirious hypnosis of a real-life dance with death.

Directed and choreographed by Lucy Marinkovich and written and composed by Lucien Johnson, Borderline Arts Ensemble’s world premiere explores the unsolved and enigmatic true history of the 1518 Strasbourg dance epidemic. With live music and an outstanding company of dancers including the legendary Michael Parmenter, this production is a visceral, explosive exploration of the limits of rationality, the power of the subconscious and the pivotal need for dance in human lives.

Commissioned by New Zealand Festival of the Arts. Supported by Creative New Zealand, Wellington City Council, Wallace Arts Trust and the Australian High Commission.

Directed and choreographed by
Lucy Marinkovich

Written and composed by
Lucien Johnson

Michael Parmenter


There is a free post-show talk for this event on Saturday 14 March at Circa Theatre.

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