Needcompany's King Lear

October 31 – November 4, 2001

Alternate Title King Lear
Premiere US Premiere
Production Language Dutch
Country of Origin Belgium
Description Belgian-Flemish director Jan Lauwers opens his decidedly deconstructionist King Lear with a vigorous postmodern dance, as his international ensemble (winners of an Obie award for Needcompany's 1999 Next Wave debut, Morning Song) move Shakespeare’s engrossing play from a seventeenth-century English castle to the contemporary world stage. Surtitles translate the Flemish text---a practical necessity during the final act when blaring rock music and jolting sounds of war obliterate the words.
Identifier 2001f.00728
Season Fall 2001
VenueBAM Strong (Majestic, BAM Majestic, BAM Harvey Theater, The Rudin Family Gallery)
author/playwrightWilliam Shakespeare
choreographerCarlotta Sagna
costume designerLot Lemm
directorJan Lauwers
lighting designerDries Vercruysse
set designer/decorJan Lauwers
sound designerDré Schneider
stage managerPiet Goossens
translator/interpretorHugo Claus, Helen MacNamara