Riotous Company presents

Scherzo for piano and stick

“Captivating music, precise movements and words in varying rhythms, catchy song, rousing dance – these are the ingredients deftly spun together to surprise, move and amuse us.”
Denmark’s Holstebro Daglad on Scherzo for piano and stick

Scherzo is a dramatic duologue for piano and stick. In homage to Italian cartoonist Osvaldo Cavandoli’s celebrated 1970s cartoon series, La Linea, Mia Theil Have performs with a 1.90m long wooden stick in this fast-paced, meticulously crafted physical performance punctuated with short poems by Peter Oswald. With an original live score by Nikola Kodjabashia that moves between contemporary classical, world music and jazz, Scherzo follows in the footsteps of Insomnia, creating a shifting landscape of images and emotions, a kaleidoscope of imaginative transformations which are in turn light and impish and darkly unsettling. Costumes by Luis F. Carvalho and direction by Odin Teatret’s iconic Tage Larsen.

In association with Nordisk Teater Laboratorium.

Reviews for Insomnia:

“Magic… dance theatre at its most beguiling… the result is pure pleasure.” – Reviewsgate

“Clever, witty and unassuming …funny, really funny.” – Northern Soul

“Consistently inventive… It’s an hour of intense movement and inventive music… Has plenty to offer in its abstract symbolism.” – British Theatre Guide

★★★★ “A really inspiring piece of theatre, dance, concert – choose which seems most appropriate to you.” – The Good Review

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  • Running time 52 mins. No interval
  • £12 full/£10 concs
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