"The urge to destroy is also a creative urge"

– Mikhail Bakunin

 

MUSE is a new play based on the life of surrealist photographer Dora Maar and her relationship with Pablo Picasso. As the enigmatic muse behind Picasso's 'Weeping Woman', she appears always fragmented, not quite there, forever refracted and distorted through his gaze. Taking place during WWII, the play explores the inherent violence of the relationship between artist and muse. MUSE takes us on a surreal journey through time, colours, tears, blood, and fragments, asking what is the price to pay for a place in the long halls of art history?

London premiere in August, 2019 at Camden People's Theatre as part of Camden Fringe with a consequent transfer to the Tristan Bates Theatre in November, 2019.

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PRESS FOR MUSE

★★★★

“Visually evocative storytelling... [A] polished script that flows steadily in delicate progression and clever staging that lightly evokes canvases, engaging the audience's imagination to fill in the visual blanks of its neutral tones with colour.” 

(Broadway World)

★★★★

“Confident and adept… sterling performances”

(The Reviews Hub)

★★★★

“Both broad and subtle”

(The Upcoming)

★★★★

“There is enough good writing and direction to mark Georgieva as one to watch.”

(My Theatre Mates)

★★★★

“This is a great little play that shows how the lives of many women were sacrificed for the creation of Picasso’s art... A beautiful, moving production”

(London Theatre 1)

A VERY GOOD SHOW

“We remain interested, fascinated and entertained throughout”

(Fringe Review)

“With a talented cast of 6 and the very clever use of a small space, Antonia Georgieva succeeds in telling a story that feels both epic and personal.”

(View From The Outside)

CREATIVE TEAM

DIRECTOR & PLAYWRIGHT: Antonia Georgieva

 

CO-DIRECTOR: Brad Welch

 

SET & COSTUME DESIGNER: Cara Evans

 

MOVEMENT DIRECTOR: Mandy Gordon

 

PRODUCER: Frederick Zennor & Antonia Georgieva

 

TRAINEE PRODUCER: Leone Kessel

 

STAGE MANAGER: Alex Holmes

 

COMPOSER: Timna Lugstein

PHOTOGRAPHY: Ali Wright & Timna Lugstein

CAST

 

DORA MAAR: Denitza Zafirova

PABLO PICASSO: Jahmai Maasai

MARIE-THERESE WALTER / FRANÇOISE GILOT: Sarah Kentish

LISE DEHARME: Zoë Lambrakis

PAUL ELUARD: Harry Kingscott

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