The production brings together two of Scotland’s leading female Artistic Directors Jemima Levick (Stellar Quines) and Fleur Darkin (Scottish Dance Theatre) for the first time to co-direct and adapt Marguerite Duras novels The Lover (translated by Barbara Bray) and The North China Lover (translated by Leigh Hafrey) for the stage.
The play will preview at The Lyceum on Sat 20 Jan and Mon 22 Jan 2018
before opening on Tuesday 23 Jan, with performances until 3rd February.
Speaking about the collaboration Jemima said:
“As a resident of The Lyceum we’re delighted to be collaborating together for the first time since my appointment with Stellar Quines.
To be able to bring Duras’ extraordinary story that explodes with beautiful imagery from the pages of a book, where it has lived for a long time to the Lyceum stage, will be the realisation of 10 year’s imagining for Fleur Darkin and myself. It seems only yesterday we sat on her sofa and talked about what story would best bring our respective art forms together. Duras’ beautiful novella was the one that really inspired and excited us both.
Although I’ve worked with a number of brilliant movement directors and choreographers over the years, this project will be a new venture for me as a director; combining dance and drama from the outset, devising our adaptation with both art forms at the core. Our adaptation will echo the impressionistic, snap shot like style of writing in the novel, capturing the woman narrator’s intimate reflection on her life, alongside the passion and sexiness that only dance – the physical embodiment of her experience – can bring.
As the Artistic Director of a company that strives to inspire excellence in women & girls, I am excited to share this story of love, and a woman looking back at her younger self, as we rarely tell stories of women and their relationship to sex and desire. Duras’ story is extraordinarily told, spans generations and I believe, goes some way to address that.”