A Disappearing Number

A Disappearing Number takes as its starting point the story of one of the most mysterious and romantic mathematical collaborations of all time.


Author: Simon McBurney

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 9781849432993

Category: Drama

Page: 88

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A Disappearing Number takes as its starting point the story of one of the most mysterious and romantic mathematical collaborations of all time. Simultaneously a narrative and an enquiry, the production crosses three continents and several histories, to weave a provocative theatrical pattern about our relentless compulsion to understand. A man mourns the loss of his lover, a mathematician mourns her own fate. A businessman travels from Los Angeles to Chennai pursuing the future; a physicist in CERN looks for it too. The mathematician G.H. Hardy seeks to comprehend the ideas of the genius Srinivasa Ramanujan in the chilly English surroundings of Cambridge during the First World War. Ramanujan looks to create some of the most complex mathematical patterns of all time. Threaded through this pattern of stories and ideas are questions. About mathematics and beauty; imagination and the nature of infinity; about what is continuous and what is permanent; how we are attached to the past and how we affect the future; how we create and how we love. The book features an essay by Marcus du Sautoy, Professor of Mathematics at Wadham College, Oxford, and an introduction by Simon McBurney. The Complicité production was an astonishing success during its run at the Barbican, London in Spring 2007, winning The Evening Standard’s Best New Play Award 2007. Called ' Mesmerizing' by the New York Times, A Disappearing Number is a brilliant play, aided with original music composed by the award winning DJ, producer and writer Nitin Sawhney. A Disappearing Number was revived at the Novello Theatre, London in autumn 2010. ‘There is a sense of deep connections being made, an apprehension of the underlying patterns of life, and one leaves the theatre feeling intellectually stimulated, emotionally stirred and spiritually refreshed. A Disappearing Number is a wonder and one I cannot recommend too highly.’ Charles Spencer – The Telegraph ‘Brilliant show... both mind-bending and heart-stopping. Conceived and directed by Simon McBurney who is easily, to my mind, the greatest creator of theatre in this country.... to the sum of great Complicite shows, A Disappearing Number is a noble addition.’ Paul Taylor – The Independent "...as with the earlier Mnemonic, the company display a rare capacity to take abstract concepts and invest them with strong emotion and embody them with virtuosic theatricality.... Even maths duffers will respond warmly to a show that confirms theatre's ability to make the sciences manifest. 4 stars’ Michael Billington - The Guardian

Complicit s A Disappearing Number Annabel Arden and Catherine Alexander in Conversation Interview

Complicité Co-Founder Annabel Arden talks to Associate Director Catherine Alexander about the history of the company and its classic production of A Disappearing Number.




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Complicité Co-Founder Annabel Arden talks to Associate Director Catherine Alexander about the history of the company and its classic production of A Disappearing Number.

Chemistry in Theatre

Even their play texts are cooperative and partly unpublishable works and include
two plays dealing with science: M nemonics4 and A Disappearing Number.5 The
latter is a stunning play dealing with the famous mathematical collaboration of ...


Author: Carl Djerassi

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9781848169371

Category: Drama

Page: 112

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Chemistry in Theatre: Insufficiency, Phallacy or Both.

Theatre and Adaptation

One of the things that Mark said to me when we first met was that he was really
interested in Simon McBurney's A Disappearing Number; the video and
projection work in it he thought was amazing, and that maybe we could think
about that.


Author: Margherita Laera

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781472522214

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

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Contemporary theatrical productions as diverse in form as experimental performance, new writing, West End drama, musicals and live art demonstrate a recurring fascination with adapting existing works by other artists, writers, filmmakers and stage practitioners. Featuring seventeen interviews with internationally-renowned theatre and performance artists, Theatre and Adaptation provides an exceptionally rich study of the variety of work developed in recent years. First-hand accounts illuminate a diverse range of approaches to stage adaptation, ranging from playwriting to directing, Javanese puppetry to British children's theatre, and feminist performance to Japanese Noh. The transition of an existing source to the stage is not a smooth one: this collection examines the practices and the complex set of negotiations each work of transition and appropriation involves. Including interviews with Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, Handspring Puppet Company, Katie Mitchell, Rimini Protokoll, Elevator Repair Service, Simon Stephens, Ong Keng Sen and Toneelgroep Amsterdam, the volume reveals performance's enduring desire to return, rewrite and repeat.


Work for Complicité includes A Disappearing Number, The Elephant Vanishes, A
Minute Too Late, Mnemonic, Noise of Time, Street of Crocodiles, Three Lives
ofLucie Cabrol, and Caucasian Chalk Circle. Other work includes Piaf, Hecuba, ...


Author: Beth Steel

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408131381

Category: Drama

Page: 112

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Stark and imperative, but shot through with a sense of warm humanity, Beth Steel's debut play Ditch is a clear-eyed look at how we might behave when the conveniences of our civilisation are taken away, and a frightening vision of a future that could all too easily be ours.

The Director and Directing

Because of its construction as principally a sound world, key collaborators
included the highly experienced Fry, with Will Duke for video. The mathematician
Marcus du Sautoy (who also collaborated on Complicité's A Disappearing
Number ...


Author: Adam J. Ledger

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137407672

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 275

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This book critically assesses the artistry of contemporary directors. Its discussion includes the work of Declan Donnellan, Thomas Ostermeier, Deborah Warner, Simon Stone and Krzysztof Warlikowski. Alongside the work of wider theorists (Patrice Pavis and Erika Fischer-Lichte), it uses neuroaesthetic theory (Semir Zeki) and cognitive and creative process models to offer an original means to discuss the performance event, emotion, brain structures and concepts, and the actor’s body in performance. It offers first-hand observation of rehearsals led by Katie Mitchell, Ivo van Hove, Carrie Cracknell and the Steppenwolf Theatre. It also explores devising in relation to the work of Simon McBurney and contemporary groups, and scenography in relation to the work of Dmitry Krymov, Robert Wilson and Robert Lepage. The Director and Directing argues that the director creates a type of knowledge, ‘reward’ and ‘resonant experience’ (G. Gabrielle Starr) through instinctive and expert choices.

Rewriting the Nation

Block, Simon, A Place at the Table (London: Nick Hern, 2000). Blythe, Alecky ...
Bruckner, Ferdinand, Pains ofYouth, in a version by Martin Crimp (London: Faber
, 2009). Buffini ... Complicite, A Disappearing Number (London: Oberon, 2008).


Author: Aleks Sierz

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408145708

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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In recent years British theatre has seen a renaissance in playwriting that has been accompanied by a proliferation of writing awards, new writing groups and a ceaseless quest for fresh, authentic voices that will ensure the vitality and relevance of theatre in the twenty-first century. Rewriting the Nation is a perfect companion to Britain's burgeoning theatre writing scene that will prove invaluable to anyone wanting a better appreciation of why British theatre - at its best - remains one of the most celebrated and vigorous throughout the world. The books opens by defining what is meant by 'new writing' and providing a study of the system in which it is produced. It considers the work of the leading 'new writing' theatres, such as the Royal Court, the Traverse, the Bush, the Hampstead and the National theatres, together with the London fringe and the work of touring companies. In the second part, Sierz provides a fascinating survey of the main preoccupations and issues that have characterised new plays in the first decade of the twenty-first century. It argues that while under New Labour economic, political and social change continued apace, generating anxiety and uncertainty in the population, theatre has been able to articulate not only those anxieties and uncertainties but also to offer powerful images of the nation. At a time when the idea of a national identity is hotly debated, British theatre has made its own contribution to the debate by offering highly individual and distinctive visions of who we are and what we might want to become. In examining the work of many of the acclaimed and emerging British playwrights the book serves to provide a narrative of contemporary British playwriting. Just as their work has at times reflected disturbing truths about our national identity, Sierz shows how British playwrights are deeply involved in the project of rewriting the nation.

Creative Encounters

New Conversations in Science, Education and the Arts Ralph Levinson, Helen
Nicholson, Simon Parry ... Learning from A Disappearing Number Above:
Numbers are pervasively significant 30 | Wonder Mathematics, science and the
liberating ...


Author: Ralph Levinson

Publisher: Wellcome Trust

ISBN: 9781841290775

Category: Science and the arts

Page: 199

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Life After Wreck A Memoir

I don't know if that matters or not, trying to dwell in the good, but I suppose it
makes a difference. The dancing ... I cannot dance very well and I haven't been
true to myself I know, but now I've figured out time is a disappearing number. I
have to ...


Author: LB Sedlacek

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781329916746

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 220

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People don't drive cars through buildings ? that's what I used to laugh and say when I would see it on TV or in the movies. But then, then it happened to me. I wasn't in the car. I was in the building. And I lived. My unborn son lived. My father lived. This is my story ? my life after the wreck.

The Methuen Drama Dictionary of the Theatre

These works are usually produced using local people as performers and
technical assistants, though often under the ... End, the remarkable Mnemonic (
1999), a powerful Measure for Measure (2004), and A Disappearing Number (
2007), ...


Author: Jonathan Law

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408145913

Category: Reference

Page: 560

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The Methuen Drama Dictionary of the Theatre is an essential reference tool and companion for anyone interested in the theatre and theatre-going. Containing over 2500 entries it covers the international spectrum of theatre with particular emphasis on the UK and USA. With biographical information on playwrights, actors and directors, entries on theatres and theatre companies, explanation of technical terms and theatrical genres, and synopses of major plays, this is an authoritative, trustworthy and comprehensive compendium. Included are: synopses of 500 major plays biographical entries on hundreds of playwrights, actors, directors and producers definitions of nearly 200 genres and movements entries on over 100 key characters from plays information about more than 250 theatres and companies Unlike similar products, The Methuen Drama Dictionary of the Theatre avoids a dry, technical approach with its sprinkling of anecdotal asides and fascinating trivia, such as how Michael Gambon gave his name to a corner of a racing track following an incident on BBC's Top Gear programme, and under 'advice to actors' the sage words of Alec Guinness: 'First wipe your nose and check your flies', and the equally wise guidance from the master of his art, Noël Coward: 'Just know your lines and don't bump into the furniture.' As a companion to everything from the main stage to the fringes of theatrical fact and folklore, this will prove an irresistible book to all fans of the theatre.

The House That Will Not Stand

... Turn of the Screw (Bristol Old Vic). Opera includes: Peter Grimes, La Traviata (
Grange Park Opera); The Rape of Lucricia (Glyndebourne); Don Giovanni (ENO);
Shun-kin, A Disappearing Number, Strange Poetry (with the LA Philharmonic).


Author: Marcus Gardley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474228879

Category: Drama

Page: 112

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You may be the wealthiest colored woman in New Orleans, but you built this house on sand, lies and dead bodies. New Orleans, 1836. Following an era of French colonial rule and relative racial acceptance, Louisiana's 'free people of color' are prospering. Beatrice, a free woman of colour, has become one of the city's wealthiest women through her relationship with a rich white man. However, when her lover mysteriously dies, Beatrice imposes a six-month period of mourning on herself and her three daughters. But, as the summer heat intensifies, the foundations of freedom she has built for herself and their three unwed daughters begin to crumble. Society is changing, racial divides are growing and, as the members of the household turn on each other in their fight for survival, it could cost them everything. A bewitching new drama of desire, jealousy, murder and voodoo, The House That Will Not Stand received its world premiere at Berkeley Rep, US, in January 2014, and was subsequently produced at the Tricycle Theatre, London, on 9 October 2014. This edition features an introduction by Professor Ayanna Thompson, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

Dramaturgy in the Making

... 'Introduction to the Hamlet Project', http://thefactory. wikifoundry.com/page/Tim+
Carroll's+Introduction+to+The+Hamlet+ Project [accessed: 13 September 2013].
75 Péter Kárpáti, interview (2011), see Note 36. 76 A Disappearing Number ...


Author: Katalin Trencsényi

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781408155677

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

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Dramaturgy in the Making maps contemporary dramaturgical practices in various settings of theatre-making and dance to reveal the different ways that dramaturgs work today. It provides a thorough survey of three major areas of practice - institutional dramaturgy, production dramaturgy and dance dramaturgy - with each illustrated through a range of case studies that illuminate methodology and which will assist practitioners in developing their own 'dramaturgical toolbox'. In tracing the development of the role of the dramaturg, the author explores the contribution of Lessing, Brecht and Tynan, foundational figures who shaped the practice. She excavates the historical and theoretical contexts for each strand of the work, uniquely offering a history of dance dramaturgy and its associated theories. Based on extensive research, the volume features material from the author's interviews with fifty eminent professionals from Europe and North America, including: Robert Blacker, Jack Bradley, DD Kugler, Ruth Little and Hildegard De Vuyst. Through these, a detailed and precise insight is provided into dramaturgical processes at organisations such as the Akram Khan Company, les ballets C de la B (Gent), the National Theatre and the Royal Court (London), the Schaubühne (Berlin) and The Sundance Institute Theatre Lab (Utah), among others. Dramaturgy in the Making will prove indispensable to anyone working in theatre or wanting to better understand the dramaturgical processes in performance-making today. The book features a foreword by Geoff Proehl, author of Toward a Dramaturgical Sensibility: Landscape and Journey.

Sudden Genius

It is a rare artist who can illuminate scientific concepts, the process of scientific
discovery, and the working life of scientists. ... to distract the audience from the
paucity of real science, such as A Disappearing Number (about the
mathematician ...


Author: Andrew Robinson

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191624926

Category: Science

Page: 416

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The highly admired scientist Linus Pauling, a double Nobel laureate in chemistry and peace, was once asked by a student. 'Dr Pauling, how do you have so many good ideas?' Pauling thought for a moment and replied: 'Well, David, I have a lot of ideas and throw away the bad ones.' Where do ideas come from? Why do some people have many more of them than others? How do you distinguish the good ideas from the bad? Most intriguing of all, perhaps, why do the best ideas sometimes strike in a flash of 'sudden genius'? These questions are the subject of this book. Andrew Robinson explores the exceptional creativity in both scientists and artists by following the trail that led ten individuals from childhood to the achievement of a famous creative breakthrough as an adult, in archaeology, architecture, art, biology, chemistry, cinema, music, literature, photography, and physics. Broken into three parts, the book begins with the scientific study of creativity, covering talent, genius, intelligence, memory, dreams, the unconscious, savant syndrome, synaesthesia, and mental illness. The second part tells the stories of five breakthroughs by scientists and five by artists, ranging from Curie's discovery of radium and Einstein's theory of special relativity to Mozart's composing of The Marriage of Figaro and Virginia Woolf's writing of Mrs Dalloway. Robinson concludes by considering what highly creative people who achieve breakthroughs have in common; whether breakthroughs in science and art follow patterns; and whether they always involve imaginative leaps and even 'genius'.

Contemporary European Theatre Directors

Stephen Knapper With his 2007 piece of technological storytelling, A
Disappearing Number, Simon McBurney (b. 1957), in musical collaboration with
Nitin Sawhney, crosses the Hindu Kush to go deep into Tamil Nadu to trace the
odyssey, life ...


Author: Maria M. Delgado

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135164652

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 464

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'An invaluable book that we shall all be using for a long time to come' - Michael Billington Contemporary European Theatre Directors is an ambitious and unprecedented overview of many of the key directors working in European theatre over the past fifty years. It is a vivid account of the vast range of work undertaken in European theatre during this period, situated lucidly in its artistic, cultural and political context. The resulting study is a detailed guide to the generation of directors whose careers were forged and tempered in the changing Europe of the 1980s and 1990s. The featured directors are: Calixto Bieito, Piotr Borowski, Romeo Castellucci, Frank Castorf, Patrice Chéreau, Lev Dodin, Declan Donnellan, Kristian Frédric, Rodrigo García, Jan Lauwers, Christoph Marthaler, Simon McBurney, Daniel Mesguich, Katie Mitchell, Ariane Mnouchkine, Thomas Ostermeier, Patrice Pavis, Silviu Purcărete and Peter Sellars. Travelling from London and Craiova to St. Petersburg and Madrid, the book examines directors working with classics, new writing, and new collaborative theatre forms. Each chapter is written by a specialist in European theatre and provides a detail critique of production styles. The directors themselves provide contributions and interviews to this multi-authored work, which unites the many and varied voices of European theatre in one coherent volume.

New Dramaturgy

Complicite's Mnemonic (1999) and A Disappearing Number (2007) are seminal
productions within the international festival circuit, and John Barrow and Luca
Ronconi's Infinities (2002) and Jean-Francois Peyret and Alain Prochiantz's
Darwin ...


Author: Katalin Trencsényi

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408177105

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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Recent shifts in the theatrical landscape have had corresponding implications for dramaturgy. The way we think about theatre and performance today has changed our approaches to theatre making and composition. Emerging new aesthetics and new areas of dramaturgical work such as live art, devised and physical theatre, experimental performance, and dance demand new approaches and sensibilities. New Dramaturgy: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice is the first book to explore new dramaturgy in depth, and considers how our thinking about dramaturgy and the role of the dramaturg has been transformed. Edited by Katalin Trencsényi and Bernadette Cochrane, New Dramaturgy: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice provides an unrivalled resource for practitioners, scholars, and students.

Theatre Record

A Disappearing Number A DISAPPEARING NUMBER GUARDIAN 12 . 9 . 07
Michael Billington BARBICAN Maths , mysticism and mortality 11 September - 6
October 2007 combine in Complicite ' s latest mind - expanding show conceived




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Western European Stages

216 ܒܡܗ Atropa , The Revenge of Peace , written and directed by Tom Lanoy .
Photo : Pascal ... A Disappearing divided into three areas with video screens
behind Number was created in London in 2007 , and won them . Lenin ( Vic De ...




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The Encounter

Inspired by the book Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu, The Encounter traces McIntyre's journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, incorporating innovative technology into a solo performance to build a shifting world of sound.The ...


Author: Complicite

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 1848425546


Page: 96

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A play that traces a journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, incorporating innovative technology into a solo performance.

Counting Health and Identity

Despite claims about a disappearing Aboriginal race, the number of Aboriginal
people of Western Australia—people of full and mixed descent—actually
continued growing.This resulted from the Aborigines' own internal population
dynamics ...


Author: Gordon Briscoe

Publisher: Aboriginal Studies Press

ISBN: 9780855754471

Category: Medical

Page: 390

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Investigates Indigenous and colonist thinking, idealogies and responses to disease and health, particularly as they manifest in demographic dilemmas in Western Australia and Queensland, from 1900 to 1940.