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Irina Tsikurishvili in "Carmen" at Synetic Theater in 2008.

Synetic Theater Announces Physical Adaptations for 2016–17 Season

The physical theatre company will present classic tales through movement.

ARLINGTON, VA.: Synetic Theater has announced its 2016–17 season, featuring the company’s movement-based adaptations of classic works. While the company’s focus is on physicality, this season marks the first time all of the shows have no dialogue at all.

The season will start with the ensemble’s take on Dante Alighieri’s Dante’s Inferno (Sept. 28–Oct. 30), about a lost traveler who must navigate a treacherous journey through the nine circles of hell.

Next will be Sleeping Beauty (Dec. 7–Jan. 15, 2017), adapted by the ensemble from Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s classic fairy tale about a princess who is cursed by an evil sorceress and sleeps for centuries.

Following will be the ensemble’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew (Feb. 15–March 26, 2017), a comedy about courtship and a man’s attempts at taming a bad-tempered woman. Founding choreographer and associate artistic director Irina Tsikurishvili will star.

Next will be the ensemble’s adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame (May 10—June 18), about a deformed man who falls in love with a gypsy, but his adopted father will do anything to win the heart of the gypsy himself. Founding artistic director Paata Tsikurishvili will direct.

The season will end with Carmen (July 19—Aug. 13), the ensemble’s take on the novella by Prosper Merimee, about a forbidden romance and a deadly love triangle. Irina Tsikurishvili will reprise the title role in this newly adapted Synetic classic. Paata Tsikurishvili will direct.

Synetic Theater, founded in 2001, fuses dynamic art forms—drama, text, movement, acrobatics, dance, film, and original music—to create unique and original productions.

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