• Wilfred Josephs
  • Equus (ballet) (1980)

  • Novello & Co Ltd (World)
  • 2(2pic)2(ca)2(bcl)233312perchp.pf[=cel]str
  • 40 min

Programme Note

BRIEF PROGRAMME NOTE
Ballet based on the play by Peter Schaffer.

The play tries to make sense of an actual act of extreme violence by an adolescent boy, one which forces the characters to confront questions of responsibility and ultimate meaning. Through his characters, Shaffer explores the dilemmas of late-twentieth-century existence in Britain. In an increasingly commercial and mechanised culture, there is little place for ecstasy and worship, yet they remain human endowments. Is our trust in science as foolish – even more foolish – than the pagans’ belief in their gods? Does being ‘normal’ in such a culture also entail losing one’s individuality and learning to live without passion?