James MacMillan
Edingburgh Int. Festival · Edingburgh · August 1993
Tramway · Glasgow · May 1993


Visitatio Sepulchri is a stage oratorio that was premiered at the Tramway thatre in Glasgow and then as part of the Edinburg Festival's MacMillan season, in which Tourist Variations was premiered, also directed by Negrin. The show in the big warehouse in Glasgow included Visitatio but also other pieces (Strawinski's Dumbarton Oaks, pieces by Bach) as part of an installation and performance/dance evening conceived by Negrin and choreographed by Gregory Nash. Francisco Negrin had to go on himself at one of the performances, to replace a sick performer! The performances in Edinburgh were accompanied by another piece by James MacMillan, Busqueda, that Negrin semi staged, with renowned actress Juliet Stevenson as the Narator. The score of Visitatio Sepulchri is dedicated to Francisco Negrin . This was also the start of Negrin's collaboration with Fin Walker who later founded Walker Dance.



Production Team
Set: Aldona Cunningham
Costumes: Aldona Cunningham
Lighting: Heather Carson
Conductor: Ivor Bolton

Cast
Olivia Blackburn, Chritsine Bunning, Tamsin Dives, Alan Oke, Stephen Richardson, Roger Bryson, Rupert Forbes, Fin Walker, Andrew Fifield, Tom Roden


"Negrin, Aldona Cunningham and Heather Carson (designers) made sumptuous tableaux... The end of the show, courtesy of the dancer's transformation, is a quiet heart stopper. Visitatio Sepulchri is still in my eyes and ears - and I think it will be for some time... Go early, then lie back. A feast for the eyes, ears and soul awaits."

Janice Galloway
Scotland on Sunday
23 May 1993





"Visitatio Sepulchri is austere, with an impressive, ceremonial grandeur which is beautifully encouraged into theatre by Francisco Negrin: a director whose visual genius I've admired before. He creates such a charged spetacle of resurrection drama here that it didn't occur to me until afterwards to wonder why Jesus made no appearance."

Michael White
The Independent on Sunday
29 August 1993





"...This merely sketches the breadth and texture of the concept. It was uplifting, engrossing, utterly memorable and very moving."

Mary Brennan
The Glasgow Herald
May 21 1993