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Scottish Dance Theatre The Lover Photo Mihaela Bodlovic

The Lover by Fleur Darkin & Jemima Levick

The Lover
by Marguerite Duras
adapted for the stage and directed by Fleur Darkin & Jemima Levick

20 January 2018 to 3 February 2018

"Very early in my life it was too late."

In 1984 the great French novelist Marguerite Duras wrote the story of her own youth in Vietnam, a personal truth told in passionate, vivid fragments. These incandescent glimpses of remembrance became one of the most acclaimed and widely read books of modern French literature.

Now three of Scotland’s major performing arts companies are collaborating in theatre and dance to bring her story to the stage; taking us back to 1929 when a fifteen year old girl crossing the Mekong Delta first catches the attention of an older Chinese man and accepts a ride in his chauffeured limousine. She has no idea how this chance meeting will change her life forever.

50 years on, looking back on their illicit affair which flared and died, she finds the intensity of her first love still burning bright in her memory. It illuminates a past fraught with the confusions of the lovers’ ruthless desire, her own dysfunctional family and the divisive colonial culture which pulled them all apart.

This unique collaboration between the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Stellar Quines and Scottish Dance Theatre brings this exotic tale of remembered passion to new life in an original stage adaption by award-winning director Jemima Levick and visionary choreographer Fleur Darkin.

Fusing spoken word, music and evocative dance, this production promises to be an irresistible blast of sensual heat.

(Photo: Mihaela Bodlovic)