About performance

A performance of a reinvention of the baroque work by Richard Kharkov.

Laugh, love, cry, make merry, die and rise again… Few can do this better than the figure of Harlequin, whose fruitful and sometimes unstable nature entertained people in the Italian commedia dell'arte! Later, in around 1730, the English musician and writer Richard Kharkov composed Harlequin restor'd for the baroque ensemble and the association mimes. Almost three hundred years later this work was discovered and staged by the Cologne Nel dolce ensemble – who hired famous mime Milan Sladek as the Harlequin.

Two hundred and seventy years after the first release of this excellent comedy work Kolinsky musicians at the University of Chicago rediscovered his original! Milan Sladek, founder of the Cologne Kefka Theatre not only is reincarnated in the role of Harlequin, but the pantomime also embodies other characters such as the Wizard or the Goddess Hekate. The music is inspired by the best-known and most popular works of the 17th century - among them works by G.F. Handel and H. Purcell.

Nel dolce and Milan Sladek breathed life into Harlequin restor'd’s perfect symbiosis of baroque music with contemporary mime to create a more modern staging. The experience of the performance is enhanced by the use of masks designed by Cologne stage designer Pia Jansen specifically for the renewal referred to this work. Harlequin restor'd has produced one more pantomime with the promising title of Harlequin married.

Production team

Directed by, set, costumes, masks Milan Sládek



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1.Category 17 €
2.Category 14 €
3.Category 8 €
4.Category 5 €
Student, pensioner, ISIC, ITIC, Euro 26 50% (selected rows)
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