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Simon McBurney

October 21, 2010 1 comment

Today, or maybe I better say tonight, I’d like to write a little bit about Simon McBurney, this artistic director, Choreographer and actor born just out of London in Cambridge.

I become interested in him after buying the ticket for his show at Barbican Centre called “Complicite sun-kin” and doing some research about him. He is an awarded director of many different spectacle throughout the world, having worked on either side of the stage he is extremely aware of the many different problem and difficulties, maybe is this factor that makes him and his show so acclaimed and successful. While reserching about him I’ve bumped into an interview he’s  made for the Guardian I could appreciate the man and the particular sparkle that splash out his weird eye, they intrigued me being either so sure of themselves and at the same time lost for small fraction of time. The show is meant to be extremely vibrant, fresh and eventful, reporting the article on the Barbican’s website:

Shun-kin is based on two 1933 texts by Jun’ichiro Tanizaki (1886-1965): Shunkinsho (A Portrait of Shunkin) and In’ei Raisan (In Praise of Shadows). It’s a tale of devotion, passion and power, moving between modern Japan’s neon glow and the vanished world of the Meiji era (1868-1912). Here light contrasts with darkness, beauty is unforgiving and love is blinding.”

I’m extremely looking forward to it either because I’m extremely fascinated by Japanese culture and history and because the director has intrigued me a lot.

I’m going to finish this article with a phrase said by McBurney during the interview that also us as Designer and Communicator should firmly bear in mind:

“It’s all about how the audience imagine”.

I’m also going to post a link for a funny video where he is the main actor:


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