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Manchester International Festival - The Old Woman: Willem Dafoe, Robert Wilson, Mikhail Baryshnikov picture

Fri 5th Jul at 7:30pm

Manchester International Festival - The Old Woman

@ Palace Theatre, Manchester

Featuring: Willem Dafoe, Robert Wilson, Mikhail Baryshnikov

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Manchester International Festival - The Old Woman: Willem Dafoe, Robert Wilson, Mikhail Baryshnikov

Pioneering theatre director Robert Wilson (The Life and Death of Marina Abramovi?, MIF11) returns to Manchester with his brand new theatrical production, The Old Woman. Developed with and starring legendary dancer and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov, and co-starring world-renowned actor Willem Dafoe, The Old Woman is an adaptation of the work of the same name by Russian author Daniil Kharms.

Born in St Petersburg in 1905, Kharms suffered through Stalinist rule for much of his life. Eventually he was arrested, imprisoned and killed by Soviet soldiers in the Gulags aged just 36. The shortness of Kharms’ life parallels the brevity of his absurdist writings, some of which stretch to little more than a paragraph. One exception is The Old Woman, an obscure, brilliant and slyly political novella written in the 1930s.

Carrying echoes of Beckett and Ionesco in its deadpan narrative, which follows the story of a struggling writer who cannot find peace with himself, The Old Woman is perhaps the finest work by one of the great avant-garde Russian authors.

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Venue Facts

Venue: Palace Theatre

Oxford Street
M1 6FT 53.475132, -2.240857

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Website: atgtickets.com/venues/palace-theatre-manchester

Bookings: 0844 871 3019

Disabled Bookings: 0844 871 7677

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  → Oxford Road 2 min walk

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