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Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me)

August 24th, 2015 | by lidia
Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me)

A metaphysical treatise performed on a human scale, Ben Duke’s Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) sees Milton’s masterpiece made relatable.

If Man was made in God’s image, Duke argues, why would he be any different from us? His God is well-meaning but clumsy, bumbling around with clay to form the Heaven and the Earth. Rather than being ‘immortal, invisible, God only wise’, his love, and his pain, are starkly real.

Duke’s background in dance makes every movement, every twitch and stumble significant. His mastery of his body is absolute, creating imaginary scenes around himself with ease. His company, Lost Dog, has won numerous awards for their work, including The Place Prize for Dance, and on the strength of this production it’s easy to see why.

For theatre lovers and dance fans, paradise is to be found at Summerhall this year.

Words: Caroline Whitham

Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me), Summerhall, 25-30 August, 2.40pm