Eonnagata

Mimi ON Jul 14, 2010 AT 10:37 am

Eonnagata

Eonnagata

Eonnagata, a dance theatre collaboration which premiered in London last year, returns this summer to Sadler’s Wells, a product of the creative minds of dancer Sylvie Guillem, choreographer Russell Maliphant, and director Robert Lepage

The play is based on the story of Chevalier d’Éon, an 18th century spy working under King Louis XV.  Chevalier’ d’Éon was the first to use transvestitism as an espionage tactic, and thus his true gender was often questioned by his peers.  Using the Japanese Kabuki technique of onnegata, in which male actors portray female roles, Eonnagata explores gender identity during a less tolerant century and tells the story of Chevalier d’Éon’s experiences while under King Louis.   

Eonnagata

Eonnagata

The costumes, designed by the late Alexander McQueen, are a mix of 18th century French and traditional Japanese styles, easily disguising the male actors as women to further reiterate the androgynous theme. 

Designer Michael Hulls will bring his creative lighting technique to the production, and Jean-Sébastien Côté is in charge of sound design. 

The show will take place from 28th-31st July at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are between £10 and £40, and can be purchased online at www.sadlerswells.com.   

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