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Barbican announces 2017 theatre and dance programme

Complicite and Schaubuhne Berlin's Beware of Pity
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Simon McBurney’s production of Beware of Pity is to receive its UK premiere at the Barbican next year.

The production is performed by Schaubuhne Berlin and was staged at the company’s base in Germany earlier this year. It runs in London as part of the Barbican’s 2017 programme, in a co-production with Complicite.

The programme also includes Thomas Ostermeier’s Richard III and Robert Lepage’s 887, as well as a dance line-up that features work by Boy Blue Entertainment, Ballet Black and Siobhan Davies Dance.

Beware of Pity, by Stefan Zweig, runs from February 9 to 12, followed by Richard III – which premiered this summer in Edinburgh – from February 16 to 19.

887 ran at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 and receives its London premiere at the Barbican from June 1 to 10.

The theatre programme also includes the previously announced residency by Ivo van Hove’s Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Shows include Obsession, co-produced by the Barbican and starring Jude Law, as well as Roman Tragedies, After the Rehearsal and Persona.

Cheek by Jowl’s The Winter’s Tale also runs in April as part of the season.

In dance, Barbican associate company Boy Blue Entertainment presents the world premiere of its new work, Blak Whyte Gray, in January.

It will be accompanied by a month of events, including music, film and talks, curated by the company.

Ballet Black artistic director Cassa Pancho has commissioned a mixed bill, featuring choreography by Martin Lawrence, Michael Corder and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.

Elsewhere, dancer and choreographer Julie Cunningham brings a new show of spoken word and dance to the Pit, featuring text by Kate Tempest and music by Anohino.

Siobhan Davies Dance will be taking over the Barbican’s visual arts spaces as part of the dance programme, which is the organisation’s most extensive to date.

Previously announced works include the world premiere of the Royal Ballet’s Les Enfants Terribles, choreographed by Javier de Frutos. It will be performed by Edward Watson and Zenaida Yanowsky.

Spanish choreographer Blanca Li also features at the Barbican for the first time with the UK premiere of Robot, which is performed alongside a 10-piece mechanical orchestra.

Announcing the season, head of theatre Toni Racklin said the programme will bring the “very best genre-defying, boundary-breaking performing arts to London from around the world”.

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