Saturday, February 25, 2017
With the same director (Tony Scott, 2006) and score composer (Harry Gregson-Williams) as The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009), this is like Inception and other time-space-continuum-manipulation films, but in N'awlins. Interesting backstory re:post-Katrina production on imdb. Some theological points touched on (see Patheos' brief take on it) and of course a Hollywood ending, but def my cup o' tea.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Götterdämmerung by Wagner
CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS
|First Norn||Lindsay Ammann|
|Waltraute/Second Norn||Karen Cargill|
|Gutrune/Third Norn||Ileana Montalbetti|
|Production Designer:||Michael Levine|
|Lighting Designer:||David Finn|
|Chorus Master:||Sandra Horst|
With the COC Orchestra and Chorus
A Canadian Opera Company production
Banner image: (l-r) Robert Pomakov and Ain Anger in Götterdämmerung (COC, 2017), photo by Michael Cooper.
We are shameless Robert Pomakov fans, both at the Four Seasons Centre or at his bar, Opera Bob's. Ain Anger was also excellent.
Loved the whole production: no falling asleep in this one!
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Music is the only thing that matters in the life of celebrated concert pianist Liv Stein. When her son Henri dies, she gives it all up - the piano, her career, her marriage, herself. But the unexpected visit of a young promising piano student claiming to have shared Henri's last couple of years forces Liv to face past demons she is trying to forget. A mysterious pact is made that seems to reawaken Liv's will to Liv... Canadian Stage Artistic and General Director Matthew Jocelyn directs this suspenseful and exquisitely crafted drama by one of the most prodigious young voices in new German theatre.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PREMIERE
"Liv Stein is a unique and unexpected examination of the relationship between truth and happiness. If something makes us happy, does it have to be true? In a moment when our fundamental relationship to truth is being challenged, this work provokes the audience to consider the shades of grey in what we think of as black and white"
- MATTHEW JOCELYN, DIRECTOR
Marc-Andre Blanchard, Nicola Correia-Damude, Caroline Gillis, Leslie Hope, Sheila Ingabire-Isaro, Geraint Wyn Davies
Photo and text from canadianstage.com. Photo credit: Cylla von Tiedemann
This was a sensual production—not just because of the sexy bits—but because of the use of rich elements such as colour, fabric (especially drape and lack thereof), rose petals, colour and lighting. Grief was a main theme but not in a saccharine way. Good performances, but I felt Sheila Ingabire-Isaro's (as Lore) was too self-conscious, like it was her first role; she distracted from what could have been seamless.