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Ivo van Hove's Roman Tragedies, seen at the Barbican in 2009, was an invigorating experience using technology, video and live performance to make you see and engage with Shakespeare in an entirely different way. It's hard to muster the same enthusiasm for his latest piece, based on the scripts for a trilogy of movies – L'Avventura, La Notte and L'Eclisse – made by Michelangelo Antonioni in the early 1960s. The films explore the relationships of several couples for whom sex is easy, but emotional intimacy impossible.

It is impressively executed and not without interest, but slightly arid – as if the creative process has become infected by the emotional sickness of its protagonists, whose stories overlap at a smart party where people bemoan lost youth and fall into bed with each other.

Prior to that, we see them lost in the existential void of a vast blue-screen movie set. It offers »

- Lyn Gardner

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