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Impermanence debut of BAAL in Bristol Old Vic

3 Apr 2019

Critically acclaimed dance company Impermanence debuts its latest innovative creation, the first ever dance adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s play BAAL, in a one-off event on the main stage of the Bristol Old Vic on 25 April.

Three years in the making and packed with extreme physicality, dark humour and beautiful poetry, BAAL will see four exceptional dancers and a live musician grapple with love, sexuality, betrayal, nature and lust. The tale was originally written in 1918 on Brecht’s return from war, and since then, this ultimate anti-hero has been interpreted and performed by none other than David Bowie and the iconic German film-maker Rainer Werner Fassbinder. 

In this new production from Bristol-based Impermanence, the company that created acclaimed hit shows Da-Da-Darling, Sexbox and 2018 film The Ballet of the Nations, BAAL follows a path of consumption, greed and ultimate destruction; echoing the spiralling events of our current ecological crisis. This multi-media production will feature a dual channel film, live music by composer Robert Bentall and lusciously designed costumes and set from Pam Tait.

BAAL marks the first main house debut for the company and sits within a week of nationally acclaimed dance work from Ballet Boyz and Ballet Black, both now established visitors to Bristol Old Vic stage.