Presenting: shadow box
This year Bicycle Opera is thrilled to unveil our 2015 touring production: shadow box.
shadow box is a collection of eight contemporary opera scenes, but with one vision – exploring our mind’s relationship to memory: what we treasure dearly and what haunts us in turn. Audiences should expect something very different from shadow box; a single narrative experience. Along with returning stage director Liza Balkan, Bicycle Opera welcomes set designer and live projection artist Sonja Rainey. Known for her tactile and experiential approach, Sonja will be using real-time projection art to explore the shadows that live beyond the surface.
In addition the Bicycle Opera Project engages in their first commissioned work: Ride of the Bicycle Bells by Christopher Thornborrow. This Toronto based composer, Bicycle Opera friend, and cycling enthusiast mashes together operatic overture with a bike-y twist – it’s scored for 11 bicycle bells (and 1 bike horn!)
shadow box is:
The Auction – Prologue music: John Burge libretto: Eugene Benson
What time is it now? music: Anna Höstman libretto: P.K. Page
The Blind Woman* music: James Rolfe libretto: David Yee
The Yellow Wallpaper* music: Cecilia Livingston libretto: Nicolas Billon
Dreaming Duet (from The Bells of Baddeck) music: Dean Burry libretto: Lorna MacDonald
Submission* music: Dean Burry libretto: David Yee
Our Lady of Esquimalt Road music: Leila Lustig libretto: Geoff Hargreaves
Back by popular demand, our programme would not be complete without Bianchi: A five-minute Bicycle Opera. Now something of a Bicycle Opera theme song, composer Tobin Stokes wrote this mini-opera while packing in as many bicycle puns as possible!
*Created at Tapestry Opera’s Composer-Librettist Laboratory
Tickets are now available for Ontario performances – check the locations and dates below, chances are we are coming to a community near you!!
AUGUST 20 – BARRIE
AUGUST 22 – MIDLAND
Brookside Music Fest Midland Cultural Centre
AUGUST 25 – LINDSAY
Glenn Crombie Theatre (Fleming College)
AUGUST 27 – PORT HOPE
Northumberland Opera Guild
AUGUST 30 – BLOOMFIELD
Bloomfield’s Centre for Creativity
Baxter Arts Centre
SEPTEMBER 1 – KINGSTON
The Octave Theatre
SEPTEMBER 3 – TORONTO
Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre
SEPTEMBER 4 – TORONTO
SEPTEMBER 5 – TORONTO
SEPTEMBER 6 – TORONTO
Evergreen Brick Works