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30 October—1 November 2014
Linbury Studio Theatre

Choreographer Ludovic Ondiviela and singer-songwriter Ana Silvera present a poignant exploration of what it is to be called mad.

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In Greek myth, Cassandra was given the gift of premonition, but cursed never to be believed. A modern Cassandra, disturbed by visions, is confined in a psychiatric ward. Is the treatment for her or just for others' peace of mind?


In Cassandra rising choreographic star Ludovic Ondiviela joins forces with singer songwriter Ana Silvera. Inspired by Wislawa Szymborska's poetry on the Ancient Greek myth of Cassandra, they explore the complexity and ambiguities of how madness is defined – and how it is treated in today's society.

Ondiviela uses a lyrical language of dance to explore madness, and the alienation and stigmatization its diagnosis brings. He is aided by Silvera's hauntingly beautiful, folk-inspired music. By taking us inside Cassandra's head Ondiviela and Silvera question how we respond to behavior defined as madness and explore the contradicting emotions it provokes in us, from compassion and pity through to panic and fear.

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    29 August 2014

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