Dende Collective, the Anglo-Brazilian Theatre Company, presents the European premiere of a new play by Jô Bilac, performed in the Battersea Library as part of the Wandsworth Arts Festival 2017.
Set in an OTT Jane Austenesque South-American world, TURMOIL is a surrealist play that sees lust and sibling love between Vladine bring trouble to brother Mitias’ marriage to Bianca. Vladine has come to live with her brother due to a fatal disease and the mysterious death of her husband, bringing her beloved Nataniel, a blind goat, with her. Bianca’s devotion to her husband is tested by his sister’s absurd demands and Matias’ growing attachment to the goat, which soon becomes Bianca’s number one enemy.
TURMOIL seems like a period play, but it is not: the writing mixes melodrama and nineteenth century literature clichés with contemporary elements and symbolism that remind us of the Spanish playwright Federico Garica Lorca, Theatre of the Absurd and Surrealism.
TURMOIL will be performed on a traverse area in the Reading Room of the 1924-built Battersea Library, which will double up as the home of Matias and Bianca. Dende have created a show that which echoes the style of the text: the costumes look as though from a historical play, but were made by recycling contemporary garments. The music, played live, flirts with Flamenco. Expect an energetic and stylized production performed by an international cast.
Dende Collective was created in 1999 and most of its work has had a strong Brazilian flavour to it, often with an international feel to their shows, bringing together a rich mixture of styles and visual elements.
TURMOIL will play Battersea Library from 5 – 13 May. For more information and to book tickets, please see the website.