Review: ‘As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams’

Review of ‘As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams’, an adaptation based on ‘The Sarashina Diary’.

The Oxford Culture Review

As I Crossed A Bridge of Dreams, currently running at the Burton Taylor Studio, is an adaptation of the classic Japanese text The Sarashina Diary. Written around 1060, the diary was penned by an unknown woman of noble birth, documenting her life from age 12 through her marriage, loss of her sister, and travels across the provinces to the capital. In Harriet Rowe and Laura Cull’s adaptation, the emphasis is on the fluid boundary between reality and dreams, as the protagonist interweaves her life story with the tales she read as a young woman. Through these we see her longing for a husband, and her reactions to the various losses she experiences. Cull and her creative team opted for a multimedia approach, integrating dance, lighting design by Katrin Padel, and an original score by Marco Galvani. While this allowed for some captivating moments, as a whole this production…

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