Claudel

The Elusive Story of a Genius Sculptor with Choreography by Meryl Tankard

Sydney Opera House, April 23 – May 9


WIN TICKETS!  We have 2x double passes to giveaway to see CLAUDEL on Saturday 24 April at 7:30pm. To enter send in your name and mobile number to win@dancelife.com.au with the title subject of ‘Claudel Tix’. Entries close April 14. Winners drawn at random.


CLAUDEL is a thrilling reimagining of the story of one of the world’s greatest and most misunderstood sculptors, Camille Claudel and her complex relationship with legendary artist, Auguste Rodin.

CLAUDEL is a combination of narrative, dance, sculpture and music. It will have its Australian premiere at The Playhouse, Sydney Opera House from 23 April.

Written and directed by acclaimed playwright Wendy Beckett and Choreographed by the internationally celebrated Meryl Tankard, CLAUDEL explores the life of the highly talented and rebellious young sculptor Camille Claudel.  Set in 1880s Paris, this haunting drama unflinchingly questions the notions of genius versus madness and the consequences for those who chose lives that are deemed too different for society to tolerate.

“A magnificent creation” – Spectatif

“A piece all powerful in its subtlety… a great moment of theatre to discover.” – Publik Art Review

CLAUDEL first premiered in March 2018 at the historic Athénée Theatre in Paris, France, followed by a limited season at Festival OFF d’Avignon.

Camille Claudel was a sculptor known worldwide not only for her work, but because her life inspired thousands of people. Yet her tragic fate left so many questions unanswered. Who locked her up in a mental hospital? Why was she not released? Was she mad or was there a terrible error in judgment? Despite everything, Camille Claudel’s dignity allowed her to overcome countless obstacles and make her name in history as one of the greatest sculptors in France! CLAUDEL not only reveals new facts about her history but also brings Camille Claudel’s most famous sculptures to life on stage.

(L-R): Imogen Sage, Christopher Stollery, Tara Morice, Henrietta Amevor, Mitchell Bourke & Melissa Kahraman.

Rising Star of the British Shakespearean stage Imogen Sage (Measure for Measure by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Rebecca by Kneehigh Theatre), fresh from feature-film Dark Noise for Clara Chong, makes her Sydney Opera House debut in the title-role, Camille Claudel.

Stage and Television Stalwart Christopher Stollery previously gracing the small screen in Frayed (ABC/Sky Comedy UK), Dom & Adrian (Easy Tiger), Top of the Lake (BBC UKTV) and stages in City of Gold (Queensland Theatre), Antony & Cleopatra (Sport for Jove) and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Sydney Theatre Company) joins the cast as French sculptor Auguste Rodin.

Veteran stage, film and television performer Tara Morice known for her roles in Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom (BAFTA and AFI Nominations), Dance Academy (ABC), Blue Heelers (Southern Star/Seven Network), Dance Nation (Belvoir) and Harp in The South (Sydney Theatre Company) will play Madame Claudel, mother to the admired sculptor.

Featuring a cast of some of Australia’s most acclaimed theatrical talent CLAUDEL also features Henrietta Amevor (Stan’s Bump), Mitchell Bourke (ABC/Matchbox Production’s The Heights) and recent graduate of NIDA Melissa Kahraman as Jessie.

Wendy Beckett has written over twenty-five plays and directed over forty.  She is also the author of biographies, books, academic studies and radio plays written for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  A selection of her books and writings can be found among the collections of the National Library of Australia.  For the last 10 years she has been creating, directing and producing her own pieces across the world.

Meryl Tankard has forged a stellar career as a director and choreographer.  She has created ballet, opera and music and dance theatre for the main stages of Australia, France, Germany, the UK and USA.  She was principal artist with the renowned Pina Bausch Wuppertal Dance Theatre and Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre for six years.  More recently Meryl has focused on film and screen culture.  Scenic and graphic design by Halcyon Pratt.

Don’t miss this strictly limited engagement at the Sydney Opera House.

CLAUDEL

23 April – 9 May
Sydney Opera House, Playhouse
Bookings:  www.sydneyoperahouse.com or (02) 9250 7777

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