Theatre in Wales

Plays and dance productions in Wales since 1982...

Marc Rees

 

We have information on 7 plays by Marc Rees . Click on the play name to access any reviews in out archive. Click on the company's name to read their details on this web site

 

Gloria Days First presented in 2007
by Marc Rees / R.I.P.E (Rees International Projects Enterprise)

synopsis:
The flamboyant excesses associated with the relatively short life of Henry Cyril Paget, 5th Marquis of Anglesey, are the stuff of legend (or at least deserve to be). He squandered his inheritance on a lavish social life and accumulated massive debts. Regarded as the "black sheep" of the family, he was famed for his ‘Butterfly Dance’, inspired by the Follies Berger pioneer Loie Fuller that earned him the sobriquet ‘the Dancing marquis’.

His prodigious spending on jewellery and theatrical costumes eventually bankrupted the family dynasty, but his life story is set to be re-examined through a new innovative dance production. Gloria Days is a multidisciplinary solo work performed by the award-winning Welsh artist Marc Rees and produced by Cardiff-based mes:a International Performance Collective. The production premiers at Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea 18-19 October as part of the Swansea Festival and then transfers to Diversions Dance House, Cardiff presented by Wales Millennium Centre, 24-27 October.

Gloria Days is supported by a world-class creative team, including opera designer, John Macfarlane, who has designed a unique headdress for the production (made at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden). The performance seeks through dance to reconstruct this remarkable flamboyant character and reveal the complex and rather tragic figure that lay beneath all the glitz, glamour and frivolity. At the height of his extravagance it is reported he squandered £500,000 on jewels and outfits alone, the equivalent amount today would be 35 million pounds!

One example of his superabundance saw him convert the family chapel into a theatre modelled on Sarah Bernhardt's and mounted a series of spectacular productions with a professional company for his friends, guests and the local community (this during the Welsh religious revival!). He eventually died penniless in 1905, aged 29, leaving his family to pick up the pieces and his enormous debts.

A short film, ‘The Dancing Marquis Diaries’ which forms an integral part of the project has also been shortlisted for the prestigious Iris Prize, the International Gay and Lesbian Short Film Prize, valued at £25,000. The winner of the inaugural prize, who will be invited to make their next short film in the UK, will be announced during a three day festival held in Cardiff from October 4th.

Shed Light First presented in 2004
by Marc Rees / R.I.P.E (Rees International Projects Enterprise)
RevolUn First presented in 2002
by Marc Rees / R.I.P.E (Rees International Projects Enterprise)

synopsis:
The room in the family home where he grew and his awakening physicality inform the basis of the piece. He tells us that his growing awareness of his own homosexuality has also informed the work. As is his preoccupation with the naked wrestling scene between Alan Bates and Oliver Reed in Ken Russell’s film ‘Women In Love’.

Willows III - Waiting for take off... First presented in 2000
by Marc Rees / R.I.P.E (Rees International Projects Enterprise)

synopsis:
Willows III - Waiting for take off... is based on the relatively little known but remarkable event that took place in the heart of Cardiff in 1910.

...in the early misty morning of June 10th 1910, the young aeronaut Captain Ernest Willows and his airship crossed Cardiff from Eastmoors in the Docks to land on the lawns of the city hall...

This pioneering moment was captured through a few blurred photographs but also miraculously on film - but for 21 seconds only.

Caligula Disco First presented in 2000
by Marc Rees / R.I.P.E (Rees International Projects Enterprise)

synopsis:
"...Burt Reynolds and rugby, flash dance and being queer, posing and pop art...an exceptional , highly entertaining and athletic tour de force"

Marc Rees' solo dance theatre performance is a subtle tango of memory and reconstruction. Incisive, raw and personal, Caligula Disco recollects an experience of growing up in South Wales with a precision, skill and comic style.
Made in collaboration with Angelo Guerreiro as part of "Permanent Prints". Co-produced by Kampnagel and Internationales Sommertheater Festival, Hamburg. Presented with the support of Wales Arts International.

Fist First presented in 1999
by Marc Rees / R.I.P.E (Rees International Projects Enterprise)

synopsis:
Ensemble performance work

Iddo ef First presented in 1995
by Marc Rees / R.I.P.E (Rees International Projects Enterprise)

synopsis:
solo performer, string quartet and male voice choir.
Premiered Swansea

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