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Arvoles Lloran por Luvia

Click here to watch a video of the full performance

Integrating live music, contemporary dance, theatre design and digital art, Arvoles Lloran por Luvia was my first multimedia theatre production. It premiered with a three-night run at Battersea Music Hall in October 2013.

Based around a suite of medieval Sephardic folk ballads re-imagined for electro-acoustic chamber ensemble Sefiroth, the performance weaves the intensely poetic Ladino lyrics of the songs into an epic narrative, a timeless story of love, loss, migration and yearning for home.

Drawing upon the ancient mysticism and symbolism of the Kabbalist tree of life, six contemporary dancers choreographed by Katarzyna Witek represent both the characters in the songs and the manifestations of the divine according to Jewish lore.

Maya Angeli's innovative production design incorporates digital projection by SDNA, with stunning lighting by Sherry Coenen.

Conceived and Written by Alex Roth and Nick Roth
Produced and Directed by Alex Roth
Music Performed by Sefiroth
Choreography by Katarzyna Witek 
Dancers: Michael Kelland, Marie Ronold Mathisen, Takeshi Matsumoto,
Stella Papi, Elisa Vassena, Katarzyna Witek
Digital Artwork by SDNA
Production Design by Maya Angeli
Assistant Production Designer: Carlotta Orioli
Lighting Design by Sherry Coenen
Assistant Producer: Simon Roth
Production Manager: Josephine Tremelling

"Multimedia masterpiece"
Run Riot

"Magical. Intense. Beautiful."
London Jazz News

"Arresting dance and stunning music."
Designers Formation

"Absolutely incredible. I've never seen anything quite like it before."
Musicians Benevolent Fund

"Striking and innovative... the artists beautifully portray the intense emotions of love, loss and searching for understanding" 4/5
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"The dancing throughout is impeccable. Witek’s choreography is beautifully fluid and full of emotion... An incredibly fascinating collaboration between music, dance and digital media, this is the kind of work you expect to see at the Barbican or Sadler’s Wells"
Bargain Theatreland

Here are some interviews in which I discuss this project in more detail:
Run Riot
ThisWeek London
London Jazz News

Supported by Arts Council England, PRS for Music Foundation, Musicians Benevolent Fund and Deutsche Bank

Photo by Nat Urazmetova