Celebrating Choreographer Antonia Franceschi – Dr Semmelweis
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London’s theatre scene is buzzing with excitement as the critically acclaimed production of “Dr Semmelweis” takes the stage at the Harold Pinter Theatre, following a limited run at Bristol Old Vic in 2022. With an all-star cast and creative team, “Dr Semmelweis” has garnered rave reviews, and Franceschi’s choreography has been widely praised. Antonia is an alumnus of the New York City ballet and has previously won a Time Out Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. Here is what the critics had to say about her outstanding work on Dr Semmelweis:

THE GUARDIAN ***** ‘The use of ballet dancers is equally moving: they dance as a young woman dies in childbirth – and this is not sentimental, it ambushes you (the fabulous choreography is by Antonia Francheschi)’

TIMEOUT **** ‘Under the direction of Tom Morris, the production is almost as much a dance as it is a play, with expressionist movement (choreography by Antonia Franceschi) and music (by Adrian Sutton) that take us inside Semmelweis’s mind, from his bursts of anger to his final unravelling.’

BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE **** ‘Choreography by Antonia Francheschi has a narrative life of its own’

THE TIMES **** ‘Here in London it feels mighty, a show that uses every facet of theatricality, sometimes all at once…A chorus of dancers interweaves with the action, as does the string quartet playing Adrian Sutton’s chamber music.’

LONDON THEATRE **** ‘The other key element is Morris’s use of music and movement (by Adrian Sutton and Antonia Franceschi respectively). The ever-present string quartet gets under your skin, provoking a potent emotional response, while dancers haunt the action like ghosts or avenging Furies. This female chorus is a constant reminder of the women who died, ensuring they don’t just become numbers, and also illustrates how Semmelweis’s mind unravels as he becomes too immersed in the past.’

THE STAGE **** ‘The action is complemented by dance sequences, featuring a troupe of ballet dancers and a string quartet.’

EVENING STANDARD **** ‘…with an all-female string quartet and a septet of ballerinas who give physical expression to joy, pain, mental anguish and death…Choreographer Antonia Franceschi works in some dance moves for Rylance with Chrissy Brooke as the dead girl who prompts his quest. He’s not bad at that, either.’

Dr Semmelweis runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre until Saturday 7th October.

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