Pictured: Phil Sanger in Passionaria. Photos: Maria Falconer


A Fantasia of Ham and Sequins

Passionaria: A fantasia of Ham and Sequins

This study in melodrama tells the story of Anna La Passionaria, a drag artiste during the Spanish Civil War, who murders her Fascist and abusive lover backstage. Set to Manuel de Falla’s haunting score for El Amor Brujo, this passionate, anxious and hilarious solo is an ode to all those who struggle in oppressive societies and who must fight for the right to become their true selves.

Premiered April 28, 2015, at the Riley Theatre.
Co-commissioned by Ovalhouse London, Brighton Pink Fringe, Theatre in the Mill, and Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

“A florid balletic monologue” The Observer

“Extraordinarily powerful” Dance Europe

Choreography: Carlos Pons Guerra

Costume and set design: Ryan Laight 

Lighting design: Barnaby Booth