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Published on Jul 12, 2010
In 2007, Schumacher combined his gifts with those of grand master Jiří Kylián and dancer Sabine Kupferberg. Their performance Last Touch First became a great success, and an important reason for Schuhmacher and Kupferberg to continue the collaboration. In their latest creation, Queen Lear, which premiered at the 2009 Holland Dance Festival, Schumacher uses mime, expression, so-called instant composition, and aesthetics to bring elements of Shakespeare's King Lear to the stage. As a laurelled NDT icon, Kupferberg knows as few do, how to convey emotion. The essence of this theatrical duet is expressed in the pressing question: have you ever rejected the love that you knew was most true?
"Queen Lear is one of those rare performances for which one applauds with regret: it's a shame it's over." www.hollanddancefestival.com