This November, audiences in both London and Brighton will be treated to the latest darkly twisted show from cult performers The Tiger Lillies.
Lulu: A Murder Ballad was commissioned last year by Opera North Projects. It is based on the story of Lulu, originating in the plays of Frank Wedekind (Earth Spirit, 1895, and Pandora’s Box, 1904). Later adapted into Alban Berg’s opera (Lulu, 1937), and a masterpiece of silent cinema featuring an iconic performance by Louise Brooks (Pandora’s Box, 1929), Lulu is perfectly suited to the unconventional performance style of The Tiger Lillies.
Lulu’s unbridled sex appeal, her youth, and her self-destructiveness combine to make her dangerous, unpredictable and tragic. Circled by both men and women, her journey from street prostitute to the toast of Society, is told as a kaleidoscopic dance of death, from Berlin to Paris and finally to the dark streets of Jack the Ripper’s London.
Having premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds last year, the show has toured to Coventry, Manchester and Newcastle, earning the praise of critics and audiences alike:
“… morally provocative, intriguingly two-edged. A startling alternative commission …”
“It makes you as uncomfortable as hell, but you never turn your fascinated gaze away.”
“Laura Caldow delivers a heartbreakingly tender dance performance as the tragic heroine”
An uncompromising musical and visual melodrama, Lulu: A Murder Ballad combines The Tiger Lillies’ frontman Martyn Jacques’ castrati-influenced vocals and the band’s flamboyant style with atmospheric visuals and contemporary dance. Taking the familiar narrative, Jacques weaves the tale into a new theatrical song-cycle of 20 songs and interludes.
Directed and designed by Mark Holthusen (The Rime of the Ancient Mariner) with stunning virtual sets, the show is performed live by The Tiger Lillies with dancer Laura Caldow (Royal Ballet, ROH, ENO) as Lulu.
Lulu: A Murder Ballad tours to the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House, and Brighton Dome, in October 2015. Click here for more information and to book tickets.
The Tiger Lillies are also performing an evening of Cole Porter classics, Love For Sale, this Autumn, which can be seen at the RNCM in Manchester, the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds, and Sage Gateshead.