Complicite

Definition

Theater

  • A London-based theater ensemble founded in 1983 by Simon McBurney (1957 - ), who remains its artistic director. The company's name - originally Théâtre de Complicité - reflects the collaborative nature of its productions, which are generally 'devised' through exploratory workshops rather than conventionally written and directed. In its 20-year existence Complicite has become associated with a highly physical but at the same time austere style of theater in which mime, acrobatics, and puppetry are as important as the spoken word. Celebrated productions include a revival of Dürrenmatt's The Visit (1989) starring Kathryn Turner, Bruno Schulz's The Street of Crocodiles (1992), which transferred from the National to the West End, the remarkable Mnemonic (1999), a powerful Measure for Measure (2004), andA Disappearing Number (2007), which won the Olivier Award for Best Play.The company's internationalist approach emerges in its commitment to foreign writing and its constant overseas touring: Complicite productions have been seen in over 40 countries to date.
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