A brand new Sadler’s Wells production, Eonnagata brings together three of the world’s foremost creative minds: internationally acclaimed dancer Sylvie Guillem, world-renowned theatre-maker Robert Lepage and award-winning choreographer Russell Maliphant.
Eonnagata tells the story of the Chevalier d’Éon, Charles de Beaumont; diplomat, writer, swordsman and a member of the King’s Secret, a network of spies under the control of Louis XV. De Beaumont was perhaps the first spy to use transvestitism in the furtherance of his duties and until the day he died his true gender was a source of constant speculation, even provoking public bets in the late 18th century.
For Eonnagata, Guillem, Lepage and Maliphant draw not only from their respective backgrounds, but also from the ancient Kabuki technique of Onnegata, in which male actors portray female roles in an extremely stylised fashion.
Eonnagata’s elaborate costumes of Louis XV’s court are evoked by legendary fashion designer Alexander McQueen.
This is the world premiere of Eonnagata.
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