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Saturday, June 22nd, 7:30pm
Sunday, June 23rd, 1:00pm

‍Marylebone Theatre
Rudolf Steiner House
35 Park Rd, London NW1 6XT


Choreography by Ho-Shia Aaron Thao
Story by Ho-Shia Aaron Thao and Kamilah Tisdale
Music by Marc DeSanctis & Ronald Corp,performed by Marc DeSanctis and Joe DeSanctis
Costumes by Erica Johnston
Lighting Design by Ros Chase

Set in the competitive world of corporate law, Iago v. Othello examines Shakespeare's classic drama as told through a predetermined rat race for money, prestige, and power. When loyalties are betrayed in a system rigged against the outsider, Iago sets fire to her world as she brings those around her to their knees. Iago v. Othello is a ballet about the all encompassing seduction of revenge and survival of the fittest.


*Trigger warning:  this production includes materials of a highly sensitive nature such as suicide, violence, and death that may be triggering for some individuals. 


Iago - Mayuko Suzuki

Envy - Ryan Upton

Othello - Isaac Bowry

Desdemona (Barbara’s daughter) - Maeve Nolan

Barbara (named partner) - Shannon Maynor

Michael Cassio - George Leatherby

Bianca - Michaela Marrable

Rodrigo - Jose Alves

Emilia (Barbara’s assistant) - Ellie Young

Intern/Partners - Romy Adair, Johnny Randall, Madeleine Smith

Intern/Associates - Hayley Clark, Sasha Gologorskaya, Barbara Tosto


Scene 1 - Prologue The ballet opens on our summer interns at Barbara’s law firm and gives us an insight into the beginning of a friendship between Iago and Othello and the budding romance between Othello and Desdemona, Barbara’s daughter. Iago finds out a secret about Michael Cassio. Scene 2 Several years later, we see the interns now as associates, awaiting the next promotions to partnership at the law firm. Barbara chooses Othello and instead of promoting his friend Iago, he chooses to promote Michael Cassio, leading to Iago’s psychotic breakdown and the emergence of Envy. Iago reveals to Rodrigo that Othello and Desdemona are secretly married. Scene 3 and 4 The next day, Michael brings news that Barbara plans to oust Othello as the newest partner of the firm in the fear that he used Desdemona in pursuit of his promotion. Bringing the partners to a vote, Barbara fails to make her case and Iago reveals her intentions to bring down Othello. ~Brief Pause~ Scene 5 and 6 Othello returns to the firm after successfully signing a new client. While the firm celebrates, Iago entraps Roderigo and Michael in her plans for revenge. Disappointed and embarrassed by Michael’s behavior, Othello fires Michael Cassio. Scene 7 Michael begs Emilia and Desdemona for help to get his job back and Othello reluctantly agrees. Using Michael’s secret and the careful placement of Desdmona’s scarf on Michael Cassio, Iago plants the seed that Desdemona and Michael are having an affair behind Othello’s back. Iago and Envy celebrate as Othello’s world starts to crumble around him. Scene 8 With Iago’s voice in his head, Othello confronts Desdemona about her affair. While she attempts to win over his trust again, Othello’s vision of Michael and Desdemona’s betrayal cannot be swayed. Emilia, aware of Iago’s plans but choosing to remain silent, tries to comfort a confused and heartbroken Desdemona. Scene 9 An anxious and terrified Michael Cassio paces in his office when Iago sends a drunk Rodrigo after him. Much to Rodrigo’s surprise, Michael stabs Rodrigo with Barbara’s nail file and he succumbs to death. Devastated, Michael contemplates his actions when Iago attacks him for ruining her plans. Encouraged by Envy to end Michael, Iago steadies herself for her first kill but is interrupted by Bianca and Emilia. Scene 10 As Desdemona finishes packing up her office, Othello returns to confront her once again. Enraged by her betrayal, Othello uses her trust in him to murder Desdemona before retreating into shock. When Barbara demands to know what happened to her dead daughter, Emilia reveals that it has been Iago’s plan to destroy their lives.

This ballet was made possible with generous contributions from James McCoy, Ariel Bales-Kogan and Lynn Roer.



Choreography by Richard Bermange
Sound Design by George Webster 
Music by Dmitri Shostakovich, Fairuz, Electric Light Orchestra
Costumes by Richard Bermange
Lighting Design by Ros Chase

Inspired by Jean Genet 1947 play of the same name, and in its own inception, by a sordid news item, a piece of true crime story from 1933, The Maids is set in the world of service. The guests have checked their coats, the drinks are flowing, the party is in full swing.  We find our protagonists not the guests of honour but the ‘unremarkable’ service industry workers; quietly and diligently catering to the every need of their guests.  When fantasy blurs the lines with reality, what might it take tip the balance of power from roleplay to murder. Who is the real villain of the piece?


The Maids - Daisy Bishop, Anna Hirst, Madeleine Smith

With thanks to London Studio Centre for the generous support of free studio space throughout the creation of this work.



Choreography by Marika Brussel
Original Music by Ryan Cockerham
Costumes by Erica Johnston
Lighting Design by Ros Chase
Classics Consultant by Christine Plastow

Inhale the full range of human emotion through this modernised version of an ancient tale that re-visions and re-empowers female mythology—By a Thread is The Odyssey for our times. By a Thread shines a light on Penelope, known originally for her fidelity, living in the shadow of her husband, Odysseus.  This ballet reimagines her as a military wife who takes the reins to become a leader.


Athena/Odysseus’s Conscience - Mayuko Suzuki

Penelope - Michaela Marrable

Odysseus - Ryan Upton

Calypso - Tamara Hinson

Sophia - Romy Adair

Meli - Sasha Gologorskaya

Elena - Shannon Maynor

Chloe -  Kynda Ng

Actoris - Ellie Young

Nico/Suitor - Isaac Bowry

Peter/Suitor - George Leatherby

Suitor - Johnny Randall **(Original role created by Philip McDermott)


Prologue Athena builds the world we see. Scene 1 Penelope and her friends fit themselves into the spaces left for them. When the military is called to war, they are left to rebuild a world where they are the only ones left. Scene 2 The war has gone on for years. Penelope has suitors trying to seduce her so they can take over what power she has. As she and her friends work through their grief, their power builds and they begin to re envision a future. Scene 3 Athena leads Odysseus into war. He increasingly becomes disenchanted and grief-stricken. With post-traumatic stress, he lands on Calypso’s island. Calypso, powerful but lonely and alone, sees him as someone she can save, and hopes to keep him with her forever. Athena reveals herself to them and persuades Calypso to let him return to Penelope. Scene 4 Back home, the women have gotten used to being in charge. When Odysseus returns, both he and Penelope recognize that they have changed into very different people from who they were before he left. How will they reconnect?

Many thanks to Anna Du Boisson and West London School of Dance for their generosity with rehearsal space.  Thank you English National Ballet's Shared Ground Scheme for the residency.  I am very grateful for the creative contributions from my entire cast. 

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