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Aurora is joined by soprano Sarah Tynan and an ensemble of international circus performers for a sparkling, fantastical staging of Britten’s Les illuminations, created by Struan Leslie for the 2016 Aldeburgh Festival. 

Britten Young Apollo, Op.16
Claude Debussy (arr. Tognetti) String Quartet in G minor, Op.10
John Adams Shaker Loops 1. Shaking and Trembling
Britten Reveille for violin and piano
Britten Les Illuminations, Op.18

Struan Leslie director
Gary McCann set and costume designer
Chris Davey lighting designer
Sarah Tynan soprano
An ensemble of international circus performers
Nicholas Collon conductor


Illuminations

Please note this performance is no longer available to stream online.

‘I have long wanted to create a theatre work with this music. Now I have found the means to do it. Theatre or dance were always too limited a vocabulary to convey this vivid world. Circus is the key to unlock it.’ – Struan Leslie

Inspired by the hyper-sensual surrealism of Rimbaud’s poetry, director Struan Leslie’s specially-commissioned 2016 staging of Britten’s Les illuminations fuses music and contemporary circus performance. Britten’s voluptuous musical settings take flight on the back of Rimbaud’s extraordinarily evocative verse, a spectacle of extremes, a world of febrile fantasy, a parade of grotesques and lurid, erotic imagery.

For this daring new staging, Aurora is joined by soprano Sarah Tynan and an ensemble of international circus performers in a programme that also includes Britten’s Young Apollo, Debussy’s String Quartet and music from John Adams’ Shaker Loops.

Filmed live at the 2016 Aldeburgh Festival. Broadcast on Aurora Play in partnership with Aldeburgh Festival on Sunday 7 June 2020.