About the project
For the sell out production of Blood Wedding @ Liverpool Playhouse I commissioned the world class Flamenco guitarist Juan Martin to compose original music as well as play live in the production. Olivia du Monceau (designer) and I carried out our R&D in Granada.
I was invited to stay in Madrid at the University de Estudientes and meet Lorca’s niece Laura Lorca. This prestigious faculty is home to the Lorca archive and is where Lorca studied with Pablo Picasso, Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali. It was such a once in a lifetime opportunity to sit and chat to Laura, at length, about her uncle Federico and his work and make new friendship.
In Martín’s hands, flamenco is not so much a musical style as an entire culture compressed into a quivering box of air.
The Heavily symbolic final act is where most productions of Blood Wedding degenerate into absurdity, yet it is here that Heyes’s staging comes into it’s own.
Highly poetic, rich in flamenco inspired choreography and visually stunning throughout, this is a production that honour’s Lorca’s original textAlfonso Barata
Jen Heyes’ ‘visually stunning’ productionJoe Riley