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An assassin raises his gun. A conductor raises his baton. A piece of music that lasts 17 minutes has begun.

In 1928, Maurice Ravel wrote Bolero in Paris. In 1984, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean danced to it at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. Eight years later the stadium where they won gold was bombed. Seats were made into coffins. The ice of the rink replaced by the ice of the morgue. Roses on ice replaced by roses on war graves.

Working with the music as a bridge between these two stories, Nottingham writer and theatre maker Michael Pinchbeck takes a journey from Paris to Sarajevo, from 1914 to 1994, from the First World War to the Bosnian War. Six performers from the UK, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Germany and a local community cast weave together a devised biography of Bolero.

This extraordinary trilingual performance follows the journey of the bullet that started the First World War and finds its ricochets in the rhythm of the music that defined the most famous Olympic ice dance routine of all time.

Bolero is a Making Tracks project developed by Theatre Writing Partnership. Supported by Arts Council England, the British Council in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Sarajevo War Theatre, ODA Theatre (Pristina), Nottingham Playhouse and Primary.


‘Michael Pinchbeck is a terrific theatremaker’ – The Guardian

Tour Dates

Saturday 31 May / Sunday 1 June 2014 7.30pm – Nottingham Playhouse

Saturday 28 June / Sunday 29 June 2014 7.30pm – Sarajevo War Theatre


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