Fans of dance theatre won’t fail to be impressed by the multi award-winning Mark Bruce Company’s dark and captivating new production Return to Heaven, which heads to Theatre Royal Winchester from Tuesday 17 – Wednesday 18 March.
Return to Heaven tells of two intrepid explorers who set off on a journey towards a mythical land where the demons and gods they disturb unleash something within themselves. Their journey descends into a nightmare when they’re hounded by a freakish compound of scientists and supernatural forces that will stop at nothing in order to coerce the explorers to play their part in the resurrection of an ancient deity.
With influences of William Burroughs, old horror films and Victorian chillers, the Mark Bruce Company, which has already impressed with critically-acclaimed adaptations of Macbeth and Dracula, now presents visions of cursed tombs, jungles, science fiction nightmares and islands of paradise – and featuring music ranging from composer Penderecki to alternative rock musician/singer-songwriter Lanegan, it is visceral and poignant, intricately choreographed and laced with dark humour.
Drawing on his interest in the mythology of Ancient Egypt for Return to Heaven, the dance theatre company’s founder and Artistic Director, writer, choreographer and dancer, Mark Bruce, has been described as ‘one of the most consistently thought-provoking choreographers’ – with his unique choreographic language, distinctive imagery, eclectic musical scores and the filmic quality of his productions loved by audiences and critics alike.
A post show chat follows the Tuesday evening performance.
Mark Bruce Company’s Return to Heaven will be at Theatre Royal Winchester from Tuesday 17 – Wednesday 18 March. Find out more, or book tickets, at theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01962 840 440.
Photo: Mark Bruce Company ‘RETURN TO HEAVEN’ 2020 Credit Nicole Guarino