The award-winning Mark Bruce Company, whose critically acclaimed dance theatre production of Dracula performed to sellout audiences across the country in 2013 and 2014, return to Wilton’s Music Hall with their new production THE ODYSSEY with a three and a half week run from February 23rd to March 19th. Mark Bruce, artistic director says: “I can’t wait to return to Wilton’s Music Hall and all its magic and ghosts…”
THE ODYSSEY, Homer’s epic poem written over two thousand years ago, is given the Mark Bruce Company dance theatre treatment; a dramatic, rich re-telling of the ten year journey undertaken by Odysseus after the fall of Troy.
During his struggle to return home the King, (Christopher Tandy) faces the wrath of a reckless god (Jonathan Goddard) who drags Odysseus on an epic journey across oceans to strange lands and the darkness beyond. Immortal beauties, shape shifters, monsters and sorcerers both guide and torment the king as he hurtles towards a savage and desperate reunion with his queen (Hannah Kidd).
The cast and creative teams that produced the multi-award winning Dracula present a vision of a broken world; from faded New York pageants to islands of fantasy, brutal seas, battlefields and a gateway to Hades. Set to music ranging from Mozart to Mark Lanegan, Sacred Arias to The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and an original Mark Bruce-composed score, this Odyssey is of now: contemporary horror and fantasy splintering from ancient myth; the headlong collision of universal themes, the encounter with mortality and the gods within…
Holly Kendrick, Executive Director of Wilton’s says: “We’re absolutely delighted that Mark Bruce Company are bringing their new production, The Odyssey, to Wilton’s in February and March. The company’s production of Dracula was a huge success here in 2013 and we’re confident that Wilton’s is the perfect venue for The Odyssey. We’re very proud to be associated with this most exciting dance/theatre company and we’re looking forward to three and a half weeks of Mark Bruce Company’s extraordinary ability to provide thought provoking entertainment for Wilton’s discerning audiences.”
Dancers: Jordi Calpe Serrats, Eleanor Duval, Jonathan Goddard, Nicola Guarino, Grace Jabbari, Hannah Kidd, Wayne Parsons, Chris Tandy, Alan Vincent.
Apprentices: Natalie Dodd, Lia Ujčič
Director/choreographer Mark Bruce
Costumes Dorothee Brodrück
Lighting Guy Hoare
Set design Phil Eddolls
THE ODYSSEY tour dates:
February 4th-6th Frome, Merlin Theatre www.merlintheatre.co.uk 01373 465 949
February 10th-14th Bristol, Circomedia www.circomedia.com 0117 924 7615
February 23rd to March 19th London, Wilton’s Music Hall www.wiltons.org.uk 020 7702 2789
April 11th – 12th Exeter, Northcott Theatre www.exeternorthcott.co.uk 01392 726 363
April 15th – 16th Salisbury Playhouse www.salisburyplayhouse.com 01722 320 117
April 22nd – 23rd Ipswich Dance East www.danceeast.co.uk 01473 295 230
April 27th – 28th Eastleigh The Point www.thepointeastleigh.co.uk 023 8065 2333