Performance & Physical
Daniel Kitson has always been an enigmatic sort: only advertising his ad-hoc comedy pieces through his mailing list, always steering clear of the press and living a life of what he calls ‘oddly public solitude’.
Did you hear the one about the comedian who was as good at avant-garde theatre as he was at cracking gags?
You may enter the Barbican a reasonably sane person, but there's a high chance you will leave dizzy with astonishment and disbelief at this strenuous and kitschy attempt to meld classical music with theatre.
The comedian Daniel Kitson is at his best when you feel he has noticed the direction the rest of us are facing, and has decided to turn and look the other way. Not out of contrariness but because, simply, we may have got it wrong.
Were there earth-tremors in Vienna last night? If so, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart must have been turning in his grave.
"We use 60 condoms per show," says Nikolaj Cederholm, with a twinkle in his eye. "We've got a special condom girl."
It’s Mozart but not as you know it: take a look at Betty Nansen Teatret’s theatrical spectacle, which brings the spirit of MTV and Monty Python to the classical composer’s works. Mozart Undone opens at the Barbican in London tonight.
“Committed contrariness” is how Daniel Kitson describes his new theatre show at one point. It’s a description that could just as easily be applied to much of his career so far.