Martha Clarke's Chéri, Starring Amy Irving, Opens Off-Broadway Dec. 8

By Adam Hetrick
December 8, 2013

Martha Clarke's world-premiere staging of Chéri, a new theatrical dance work set in Paris' Belle Époque era that stars Academy Award nominee Amy Irving, officially opens Off-Broadway Dec. 8 at the Signature Theatre Company.

Inspired by the Colette novel of the same title, the interdisciplinary work features Irving ("Yentl," The Coast of Utopia), American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Herman Cornejo, prima ballerina assoluta Alessandra Ferri and pianist Sarah Rothenberg.

Conceived, directed and choreographed by Clarke (Garden of Earthly Delights), Chéri has text by Tina Howe (Painting Churches). Previews began Nov. 19. Chéri will continue through Dec. 29.

Chéri is billed as "an exciting fusion of theatre, live music, and dance... This tragic story of forbidden love between a young man and an older woman in Belle Époque Paris is a timeless, powerful exploration of sensuality, love, and our preoccupations with youth and age."

The design team includes David Zinn (scenic and costume design), Christopher Akerlind (lighting design), Arthur Solari and Samuel Crawford (sound design) and Sarah Rothenberg (music supervision).

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