Monday, January 21, 2013

Cleopatra, My Sister

What a thrill! My sister played Cleopatra this weekend in a marvelous spectacle, a dance theatre version of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, a production of Columbus Dance Theatre, at the restored Lincoln Theatre in Columbus, Ohio. The interior of the Lincoln is itself spectacular in Egyptian Revival style.

All text was Shake-speare, pulled to the essential story in scenes with Cleopatra. The rest of the story was told in dance and video projected onto a huge screen, with costumes and painted columns dropped in on panels, and so much to look at. The asps were danced by lithe children.

My sister is magnificent.

Here she is, not too happy with the messenger and his news that Antony is remarried in Rome.

And here is Dancing Antony, aloft! The dancing Antony and Cleopatra were a husband-wife team, and so were the talking Antony and Cleopatra.

Here they are together, the dancing ones, with my sister Chris still pleased behind them, in her white sheath of a dress. She looked like the pictures of the willowy youthful Cleopatra, a Macedonian Greek. Her dancing equivalent wore the characteristic serpent headdress and very little else, perfect for the athleticism, passion, and eroticism of her dance.

This was a wonderful thing, like opera, with scene-by-scene synopsis provided in the program.

Original music by Charles Wetherbee, performed by Carpe Diem String Quartet.

You can read the rave review here and a summary account here, with all the credits!


Hannah Stephenson said...

I'm so happy to hear it was great, Kathleen (and sorry to have missed it--just couldn't make it this weekend)! The photos are wonderful.

Maureen said...

Got chills just reading about it. Must have been wonderful to see in person. Amazing theatre.

Kathleen said...

Thanks, Hannah and Maureen!

ted tingley said...

I think its really neat that your sister had major role in developing the presentation.

Cathy said...

Wow, this sounds and looks pretty awesome. Heck, I'd go see it. I bet you're incredibly proud of your sister!, though the peachiest roles had to be the two kids who got to be asps.

Kathleen said...

The kids were somehow adorable and very, very scary at once.

Collagemama said...

Thanks for including the theatre photo. I am so glad someone cared to restore it!

Kathleen said...

Me, too. The theatre is gorgeous. The building had become rundown, and it was quite a project to restore it.