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Palace Theatre
Oxford St Manchester M1 6FT

The Old Woman

4 - 7 July 2013
World premiere 4 July 2013

Robert Wilson returned after the success of The Life and Death of Marina Abramović (MIF11) with an adaptation of a short story by the renegade Russian writer Daniil Kharms. The result was impossible to define. Dance, theatre and astonishing visual design combined for a surreal 90 minutes of sensory overload – but The Old Woman was also warm, funny and heartbreakingly human. Since its world premiere at MIF13, the show has travelled around the world.

‘Robert Wilson’s lucid production… is a revelation… Baryshnikov and Dafoe are superb, managing to wring the pathos out of each of their bizarre encounters. We leave the theatre like awestruck victims of a magic trick, asking ourselves: how did they do that?’ The Financial Times


On tour
12-14 July 2013 at the Teatro Nuovo, Spoleto, Italy as part of the Spoleto56 Festival dei 2Mondi
18-21 July 2013 at the Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece as part of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2013
16-20 October 2013 at the Teatro dell’Arte, Milan, Italy
25-29 October 2013 at deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium
6-23 November 2013 at the Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, France as part of Festival d’Automne
22-29 June 2014 at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn, NY, USA
24 July – 3 August 2014 at SESC Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil
8-13 August 2014 at the Cidade das Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
21-31 August 2014 at the Teatro Opera Allianz, Buenos Aires, Argentina
14-15 November 2014 at Royce Hall, Los Angeles, CA, USA
21-23 November 2014 at Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, CA, USA


See also
Robert Wilson directed Willem Dafoe in The Life and Death of Marina Abramović at MIF11


A Baryshnikov Productions, Change Performing Arts and The Watermill Center project. Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival, Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris/ Festival d’Automne à Paris and deSingel, Antwerp.

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