Two lovers meet in a moonlit forest, one carrying a dark secret that threatens to tear them apart. Can confession lead to acceptance?
Music and movement combine in this re-imagining of Schoenberg’s romantic string sextet Verklärte Nacht. The dramatic love story at the heart of The Expected interrogates society’s shifting relationship to gender, equality, and parenthood.
Told through a blend of dance-theatre and live music, performers and musicians interact on stage in intimate duets and ensemble movement.
The two lovers are portrayed by Christopher Akrill (Co-Artistic Director of HeadSpaceDance, Sadlers Wells, Royal Opera House) and Sonya Cullingford (Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, Punchdrunk).
Variations on Arnold Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht
Based on the poem by Richard Dehmel
Conducted and Arranged by Edward Farmer
Directed and choreographed by Simon Pittman
Associate Direction and Dramaturgy by Helen Millar
Lighting Design by Dan Saggars
Devised by the company
Kindly supported by Cockayne Grants for the Arts and London Community Foundation