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Normal Love at the Lilian Baylis Studio

A physical exploration of the darker side of love inspired by the paintings of Francis Bacon.

Normal Love

Normal Love, directed by Zi Ling, will be performed at the Lilian Baylis Studio from Tuesday 15th to Thursday 17th July.

Chinese visual artist and theatre director Zi Ling directs this bold collaboration between visual artists, actors, musicians and designers, exploring love and all its dilemmas in a surreal and heightened world. Inspired Francis Bacon’s absurdist and visceral paintings, Ling draws out the dark emotions in Bacon’s work in eleven scenes of intimate love, distorted desires, jealousy and violent passions. Rooted in a minimalist set by award winning Wang Jing and with costume by fashion designer Tong Zhao, the physical theatre is accompanied by two musicians creating an uneasy soundscape.

Zi Ling is a visual artist and theatre director who has established herself as a painter, as well as creating numerous short films and visual installations. Her film credits include: Red (short), Prayer (short), and 4’13 (short). Video works include installation Blue and series Fine both displayed at Chelsea College of Arts. Normal Love is her London debut.

She said, “In this piece, I would like to present a live game among lovers, to explore various types of intimate relationships, which are manifested through the sensitivity of physical movements. I want to create a world that is saturated by violence and governed by distorted desires.”

Eldarin Yeong Studio is cross-art forms producing company whose work includes dance, drama, musical and opera. They aim to produce provoking, radical, contradictory and entertaining work and create international collaborations, building a platform for both British and foreign artists to present their work to a more diverse audience. Their current productions include Romeo and Juliet/The Rite of Spring on tour, A Time to Die, A Time to Love (tour and National Theatre of China), and Bound Feet Blues (Tristan Bates Theatre).

For more details, check out the Normal Love and Eldarin Yeong websites.

The performance runs to 70 minutes. Tickets are available from the Sadler’s Wells box office.

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