Premiered in 2010 and staged at Sadler’s Wells in 2011, Gardenia allowed us a glimpse into the private lives of a remarkable group of older artists who effortlessly navigated gender expression. Each on a quest. Each with their own intriguing story.
Over 10 years on, eight members of the cast are reunited. Gardenia – 10 years later is an insight into their turbulent lives, showcasing the most intimate of tales about hope and cherished or lost illusions. Again, they are ready to take the stage by storm. To move and surprise. To laugh and keep silent. To sparkle and shine, one more time, somewhere over the rainbow.
Directed by Frank Van Laecke and Alain Platel, with composer Steven Prengels, the Olivier Award nominated Gardenia – 10 years later explores lifelong bonds, transformation and an unimaginable will to survive.
This performance contains strong language, partial nudity and some adult themes, including transgender discrimination and physical violence.
Image description: A close up of a glamorous older person wearing a pale blue silk turban studded with pearls. Their arched eyebrows are drawn on with pencil, a red lipsticked mouth is slightly open, in as if in wonder, and sunglasses reflect city lights at night.