London's Barbican BITES Year-Round

News   London's Barbican BITES Year-Round Following the withdrawal of the Royal Shakespeare Company from the Barbican as a permanent London base — though they're back from Jan. 18 - Feb. 23 with Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children — the theatre has taken the opportunity to make its popular BITE season of international theatre a year-round event.

BITE is a fabulous showcase for a very wide selection of international theatrical and performance art talent, and the Barbican has earned a world-wide recognition for its role in showcasing it at the heart of the City of London.

Here are this year's highlights:

BITE: 03 — Now Booking
Jan - April

Juggling Hands
Compagnie Jérôme Thomas
Pit: 3 perfs. in January

Jérôme Thomas and his stage partner Martin Schweitzke put a spectacular spin on improvised performance. With eye-popping dexterity, Juggling Hands blends elements of circus, choreography and conjuring in a program of intricate solos and duets, woven together with live accordion accompaniment. A veritable master class in balance, speed and object manipulation. The Holy Body Tattoo and The Tiger Lilies
Circa
Pit: February

One woman. One man. A celebration of the sensual forces of submission and control, Circa is imbued with the dark beauty and the unspoken language of desire. Saturated with smoky tango and cabaret debauchery, it is a raw dance duet of uncompromising eroticism evocative of the tangled rituals of foreplay.

"A dead sexy masterpiece" The Vancouver Sun
Post-show talk with the company on Feb. 11.

Julian Fox
Goodbye Seattle Coffee Company
Pit: February

After the hot bodies of Circa, things take a bizarre twist with a slice of late-night, left-field comedy from Julian Fox. Without a doubt one of the most imaginative performers to come out of the Edinburgh Fringe, Fox's unique combination of deadpan monologues, home-grown songs and surreal dance routines won him a nomination for the Guardian Alternative Perrier Awards. Goodbye Seattle Coffee Company is an engaging and oddly moving comic confessional not to be missed.

"The Harold Pinter of stand-up comedy . . . he is an extraordinary performer." The Scotsman

New York City Players
Drummer Wanted
Pit: March

Written, directed and composed by Richard Maxwell.

After his first, successful visit to the UK and BITE with House and Boxing 2000, Maxwell returns with the compulsive two-hander, Drummer Wanted. Using fragmented dialogue, restrained movement and hackneyed song, Maxwell paints a bleak picture of contemporary American suburbia, where soap opera-esque scenarios are blend of emotion and artifice to reveal a darker side of human nature.

"One of the most innovative and essential artists to emerge from American experimental theatre." New York Times

Post show talk with the company on March 6.

Teatro Malandro
Ay! Quixote
Pit: March

A fresh and astonishingly visual incarnation of Don Quixote's mythical quest for the female ideal. Depicting a nostalgic world of romance and chivalry alongside the harsh realities of unattainable expectations, this epic tale is ravishingly brought to life by Colombian director Omar Porras. Expect stunning imagery, gripping narrative, dramatic physical gesture, music, masks and puppetry.

"Omar Porras presents a utopian world which reaches out to the audiences imagination" Le Courier
Performed in French with English surtitles.

Teatro Piollin
Vau Da Sarapalha
Pit: April

by Guimarães Rosa
directed by Luiz Carlos de Vasconcelos

Teatro Piollin inspire a virtually cultish following in their native Brazil. To BITE they bring a tragic tale of unrequited love in a traditional Brazilian farming community. Handed down by generations, the piece has been performed over 1,000 times and here is brought brilliantly to life with an unorthodox blend of "aroma-theatre" and stunning pyrotechnics.

Performed in Portuguese with English translation.

Teatre Romea
Macbeth
Barbican Theatre: April

After the acclaimed reception for Life is a Dream, in BITE: 99, the inimitable Spanish director Calixto Bieito returns to the London scene with an apocalyptic and thrilling reworking of Shakespearean bloody tragedy.

"It's Shakespeare meets the Godfather, with a touch of Bruce Willis . . . Stunning" The Guardian
8 - 10 April - Performed in Catalan with English surtitles
11 - 12 April - Performed in Spanish with English surtitles.

Collectif AOC
La Syncope Du 7
Barbican Theatre: April

Part of "Crying Out Loud, London"

The first creation from a young circus group who fuse contemporary circus, dance and a live DJ to create an amazing spectacle where the performers float in the air above large trampolines and literally walk up the walls.