International Tour and Casting Announcement For Calixto Bieito's World Première
The String Quartet's Guide to Sex and Anxiety will receive its world première at The REP, before embarking on an international tour to Brighton, Luxembourg, Bilbao and Holland.
Arguably the most sought-after European opera and theatre director of his generation, Calixto Bieito will direct a quartet of actors: Cathy Tyson, Mairead McKinley, Miltos Yerolemou and Nick Harris, alongside the award-winning The Heath Quartet. Together the eight artists will blend to recreate the melody of melancholy.
Known for his radical reinterpretations of classic operas and plays, Calixto Bieito turns to two maverick philosophers for inspiration for his latest work: The Burnout Society (2015) by the Korean-German philosopher Byung-Chul Han and The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), an essay by Robert Burton, one of the first to write about psychological disorders as a symptom of modern times. Music performed by The Heath Quartet will include Beethoven String Quartet No.15 in A Minor, Op. 132 and Ligetti String Quartet No. 2.
Calixto Bieito said:
“The String Quartet's Guide to Sex and Anxiety is like a symphonic poem for a quartet of musicians, and a quartet of voices. It will consider the human condition today, and where anxiety and depression stem from. The show will be about how the current times are affecting the quality of our lives as well as our fears, and I hope it will be both entertaining and enlightening.”
The full tour dates are:
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Saturday 12 – Saturday 19 May
Brighton Festival - Brighton Theatre Royal
Wednesday 23 - Thursday 24 May
Les Théâtres De La Ville De Luxembourg
Tuesday 29 - Wednesday 30 May
Teatro Arriaga, Bilbao
Friday 8 – Saturday 9 June
Holland Festival - Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
Wednesday 13 - Thursday 14 June
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