By KIMBERLY BARKER and TOM LEONARD
An original dance adaptation
It got a facelift in the 90s with Cruel Intentions and now Sedos brings a fresh new take on the classic story of seduction, betrayal and exploitation.
Be transported to Hollywood where beauty is expected, abuses of power lurk under the shiny surface and the rivalry of two high powered producers set in motion a story that will create stars and destroy lives.
Told through dance, experience an original adaptation that brings Dangerous Liaisons crashing into the gender politics of 2019.
MERTEUIL | Peter Stonnell
GERCOURT | Hannah Roberts
VALMONT | Olivier Namet
TOURVEL | Lisa Eastman
CECILE | Rachel Savage
DANCENY | Wing Ho Lin
VOLANGE | Claire Pattie
DEVISED, DIRECTED and CHOREOGRAPHED BY | Kimberly Barker and Tom Leonard
PRODUCER | Clare Harding
STAGE MANAGER | Matt Hudson
CREATIVE DESIGN | Robert J. Stanex
LIGHTING DESIGN | Olly Levett
SOUND DESIGN | Adam Coppard
FILM PRODUCTION and CREATIVE CONSULTANT | Olivier Namet
CREATIVE CONSULTANT | Dan Saunders
PHOTOGRAPHY | Michael Smith
As a long-time fan of Sedos, I was excited to be able to attend the first night of their first full dance production… Rest assured, my expectations were exceeded on both counts as the evening unfolded into a masterclass of dramatic contemporary dance which fully captured the themes of seduction and revenge of the original play. Each Sedos season showcases a range of plays and musicals, from popular, well-loved classics to lesser-known and newer works which can challenge both cast and audience. Their weekly Sedance class obviously attracts enthusiastic and highly competent dancers, and the decision to use this to add a new artform to their repertoire was brilliant and will hopefully herald more in the future. I can only add that they have set the bar very high with this one… It was a fantastic experience to be in the performance space with the dancers, feeling their every breath, absorbing their energy and watching the skill of their performance. Congratulations to everyone involved for the faith in what you were creating - you achieved what you set out to do with bells on!
A performance of this style is incredibly ambitious for any professional dance troop. What makes this more impressive is that an amateur dramatics society created all of this. Sedos are known for their incredibly high-quality shows, but Dangerous Liaisons has put them on a whole different level. This production with these incredible performers would not be out of place on a West End stage.
The dancing is gorgeous, athletic and very expressive. The performance space is tiny, so you are up close and personal with the dancers/actors, and they absolutely carry you along with the story… Sedos is an amateur company, but there is nothing amateurish about this show – it’s ambitious, clever and exciting, but also beautifully economical and precise.
- Tuesday 15 October 2019 7.30pm
- Wednesday 16 October 2019 7.30pm
- Thursday 17 October 2019 7.30pm
- Friday 18 October 2019 7.30pm
- Saturday 19 October 2019 3.00pm
- Saturday 19 October 2019 6.00pm