For this year’s Singapore Arts Festival, I will be watching only one show, “Eonnagata“, a dance performance by Sylvie Guillem / Robert Lepage / Russell Maliphant (France / Canada / UK).

(*Image taken from KinoQuébec.)


Conceived and performed by the combined talents of internationally acclaimed dancer Sylvie Guillem, theatrical wizard Robert Lepage and award-winning choreographer Russell Maliphant, Eonnagata is a unique collaboration that unites three renowned artists on a shared path to dance theatre excellence.

Eonnagata is set during the time of King Louis XV and tells the story of the flamboyant Chevalier d’Éon, Charles de Beaumont – diplomat, writer, swordsman and perhaps the first spy to use transvestitism in the furtherance of his/her duties.

Drawing parallels to the ancient Kabuki technique of Onnagata – in which male actors portray female roles in an extremely stylised fashion – Eonnagata delves into the complex world of androgyny through a unique hybrid of dance, theatre and sword dancing. Lepage’s touching portrayal of d’Éon, coupled with Maliphant and Guillem’s endearing performance, create an intriguing mix of dance and theatre that’s pure genius.

Rounding off this amazing creative collaboration are late legendary fashion designer Alexander McQueen and lighting pioneer Michael Hulls, whose extraordinary techniques add an amazing dimension to the performance.

Sadler’s Wells London in association with Ex Machina & Sylvie Guillem presents Eonnagata. Conceived and performed by Sylvie Guillem, Robert Lepage, Russell Maliphant (France/Canada/UK), International Tour supported by Rolex.

Date : 4 & 5 Jun
Time : 8.00pm – 9.30pm
Venue : Esplanade Theatre
Ticket Prices : $120, $100, $70, $40, $20

(* Details extracted from >> http://www.singaporeartsfest.com/eventdetails?action=details&id=43)

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