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NE W YORK CI T Y
Play King Lear? Valda Setterfield has done so many other things that when she turned 79, she felt ripe for the challenge. At the
request of Irish maverick choreographer John Scott, she played (and danced) the plagued king in Ireland two years ago, and
now, at 81, she reprises the role in Lear at New York Live Arts. Setterfield, who has performed duets with Merce Cunningham,
David Gordon and Mikhail Baryshnikov, will draw on her early training in theater and mime. “She really becomes Lear,” says
Scott. “Her performance is utterly believable, with an almost primal honesty.” Naturally, Lear’s three daughters will be played by
male dancers. Feb. 17–20. newyorklivearts.org.
Play King Lear?
A King Re-Gendered
Setterfield in Lear