His name is synonymous with cinema and his Tramp character—in his battered old bowler hat, twirling cane and oversized shoes—is one of Hollywood’s most iconic figures. Charlie Chaplin’s life is the epitome of the American Dream. After a poverty-stricken childhood in London’s East Lane, he made it over to California where his talent, sensitivity and mastery of slapstick earned him global stardom. From Modern Times to The Great Dictator, his films combine laughter and tears with the hatred and terror of the dramatic events that inspired them. Of all the geniuses to grace the silver screen, he is perhaps the most universal and timeless.
Added to the OnR’s repertory in 2018, this is the first ballet to take Charlie Chaplin as its subject. German choreographer Mario Schröder looks beyond the fate and personality of this giant of cinema to sensitively contemplate Chaplin’s place in society, his view of the world and the excesses of technology and totalitarian politics. A classic family show worthy of repeat viewings, shining the bright lights of Hollywood over the end-of-year festivities.