By Bertolt Brecht... A Dance Theatre Adaptation
In this ground-breaking adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s first play, we follow BAAL, our anti-hero, along a path of consumption, greed and ultimate destruction.
The four dancers grapple with love, sexuality, art, fame, betrayal, nature and lust. As scenes of matadors, landladies, ghosts, circus animals, and forests unfurl, drawing audiences deeper into a kaleidoscopic world of surreal images, extreme physicality and high drama.
Performed alongside a film combining new footage with archive materials, and an original soundtrack composed and performed live by electro-acoustic musician Robert Bentall.
"The show manages to pull off the double hit of being both engrossing and entertaining with consummate artistry by all concerned." ___ ★★★★ StageTalk Magazine
"It was a vivid, energetic and beautifully put-together piece of 21st century dance theatre that brought to life a period piece, and Brecht would have approved, I think!" ___ Nailsea People
"Beautifully danced, immensely physical and thoughtprovoking, BAAL is a riveting, emotive piece of Contemporary Dance Theatre." ___ Dance Journal UK
"The physicality used throughout this performance was beautiful, aesthetically pleasing and used in every way possible to reflect the emotions and thoughts of the dialogue and characters. They incorporated duets and lifts with ease, seamlessly weaving together a thought provoking adaptation." ____ Off the Shelf Reviews
Brecht created his monster in 1918 as he struggled to come to terms with the carnage of the First World War. For him, the poet Baal symbolised the pitiless denial of personal responsibility he saw all around him – and it’s as a symbol that Baal is still depressingly relevant, both as a philandering egotist and as a representative of the self-serving plutocratic elite who are ravaging our planet.
Based on work conceived and developed by Tyrrell Jones (Knaїve Theatre), Josh Ben Tovim & Roseanna Anderson.
Danced and Choreographed by: Roseanna Anderson, Josh Ben-Tovim, Alessandro Marzotto Levy, Sonya Cullingford
Live Muisc and composition: Robert Bentall
Projection performer: Harry Alexander
Production Design: Pam Tait
Dramaturgy and text adaptation: Tyrrell Jones
Lighting Design: Tim Hardy
Video Design: Duncan Wood
Producer: Lydia Wharf
Photos by Aaron Davies
Poster by Kern&ko
Making BAAL _ a short documentary by Val Burger
Design vlog by Val Burger
Promotional images by Maurizio Martorana
Rehearsal footage edited by Jermey Rieder
Sketches from rehearsals by Val Lochraca
Initial poster design...