Dangerous Liaisons

Dangerous Liaisons
(Les Liaisons dangereuses)

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From sexual repression to decadent excesses. Dangerous Liaisons is a dark tale of young innocence, malicious gossip, deliberate lies and elevated adultery

Choreographer Cathy Marston plays on many dramatic strings in The Royal Theatre –from ballet dancers to actors— to tell the story of the two former lovers Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont: Experts in the art of seduction.

In their erotic quest for affirmation, they toy with those around them with cold cynicism. Innocent hearts are crushed by their unscrupulous pastime, and they leave behind them a spider's web of lies. But their game are getting out of control.

Dangerous Liaisons is one of the classics of world literature. The epistolary novel by French author Pierre Choderlos de Laclos caused a great scandal when it was published anonymously in 1782. And in 1988, the cinematic version of the tale, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Glenn Close and John Malkovich, brought the joyously chilling story into the minds and hearts of many.

Experience Dangerous Liaisons as a work that fuses ballet with drama/text, when English choreographer Cathy Marston tells the sequel of the the fatal tale ten years later, as Markis de Merteuil is facing the guillotine during the French Revolution. With modern style and razor-sharp storytelling she asks: Can Markis de Merteuil face herself and death after all her scheming. Previously, Marston has created The Elephant Man and Lolita for the Summer Ballet at Bellevue Theatre. In addition to dancers from the Royal Danish Ballet, Dangerous Liaisons will also feature actors Marie Dalsgaard and Mads Rømer Brolin-Tani from the Royal Danish Theatre Drama Department's ensemble.


Expected duration: 2 hour(s)

incl. 1 interval



27.05.2017 - 03.06.2017

Koreografi og iscenesættelse: Cathy Marston

Tekst og medinstruktion: Edward Kemp

Musik: Jesper Mechlenburg

Scenografi og kostumer: Steffen Aarfing

Lysdesign: Anders Poll

Lyddesign: Jonas Vest

Koreografisk assistent og instruktørassistent: Jenny Tattersall

Instruktørassistent: Claire Still Henriksen

Oversættelse: Niels Brunse