Synetic Theatre in DC– a silent King Lear (through April 24)

Thanks to Brian Foley for pointing this out to me! This looks like an amazing and highly stylized King Lear.  See the video below to see how amazing the production values of this show are.
Apparently Synetic has been doing Silent Shakespeare productions, and this is the SEVENTH
King Lear

Synetic’s King Lear

Presented by Synetic Theater
Directed by Paata Tsikurishvili
Choreography by Irina Tsikurishvili
Mar 24 2011—Apr 24 2011

at the Lansburgh Theatre 450 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


In its second production this season at the Lansburgh Theatre, Synetic Theater will present the seventh play in its “Silent Shakespeare” series, a movement driven adaptation of one of the greatest tragedies of all time–King Lear. Helen Hayes Award-winning actor Irakli Kavsadze plays the title role of the aging king whose test of his daughters’ love undoes the fabric of his kingdom. The bloody conflict that ensues is interwoven with a tale of loyalty, love, hate, and redemption.


King Lear by Synetic Theatre

Synetic Theater’s mission is to be the premier American physical theater, fusing dynamic art forms—such as text, drama, movement, acrobatics, dance and music, by producing world-class physical theater for all ages, educating the next generation of artists and physical theater professionals, and promoting this distinct form of theater nationally and internationally through community outreach and touring programs.

SYNthesis: the coming together of distinct elements to form a whole
KinETIC: pertaining to or imparting motion, active, dynamic
SYNETIC: a dynamic synthesis of the arts


Synetic Theater emerged from the creative vision of founders Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili, Georgian artists who moved to the United states in the 1990s. Trained in innovative dance, theater and film, the Tsikurishvilis combined traditions of the Caucuses with distinct American styles to tell classical stories in a unique way. Synetic Theater made its artistic debut in 2002 with a wordless Hamlet (Hamlet…the rest is silence)—quickly establishing itself as a dazzling and innovative physical theater company and earning three 2003 Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Resident Play, Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Director.

Another image from Synetic's King Lear

Nine years later, Synetic annually produces four Main stage productions, three family series productions, houses an educational studio for ages 4 through adult, conducts outreach programs and tours family and Main stage productions, reaching over 36,000 patrons. Overall, Synetic has earned 65 Helen Hayes Nominations and received 17 Helen Hayes Awards.

For more information, including classes, family shows, and outreach programs,  visit their website:





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