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‘Before the Interval’ imposed itself as the obvious title for this second commission in which Akrill, Goddard and Sveaas take Broom’s absence as a cue to promote their own talents as dancer-directors, projecting themselves into what their future selves could be. Using Silvestrini’s style of humorous, satirical dance theatre, they speak their thoughts about their potential careers, audience expectations and hold conversations as they simultaneously move.

“Funny and touching and very accessible, demystifying much of the jargon around ballet…”
★★★★ The Evening Standard on If Play is Play…

“Defying the odds with a philosophy and style of performance unlike any I’ve seen”
Judith Mackrell, The Guardian

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English subtitles and audio description available by clicking CC
It is advised that audiences use subtitles as some spoken sections are difficult to hear

‘Before the Interval’ (2014):
Artistic Directors Christopher Akrill and Charlotte Broom
Conceived and directed by Luca Silvestrini
Devised and performed by Christopher Akrill, Jonathan Goddard and Clemmie Sveaas
Music by Ross Aubrey, Pascal Comelade, Jonathan Dawe/Nick Powell/Sarah Willson (Oskar), Bill Frisell, Schaftl Ufftschik
Sound engineering by Luca Silvestrini
Lighting design by Simon Bennison
Costume design by Sabine Lemaître

Part of HeadSpaceDance’s If Play is Play… programme
Co-commissioned and co-produced by HeadSpaceDance and Royal Opera House
Presented by The Royal Ballet as part of the dance programme at the Linbury Studio Theatre

HeadSpaceDance Manager: Sarah Trist
Thanks to Moving East and Du Boisson Dance School

World Premiere: Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London 16 April 2014

Filmed and edited by Bennet Gartside

Film recorded during a public performance at the Linbury Studio Theatre (April 2014) courtesy of ROH

Photos by Urban Jörén
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