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Le Tombeau de Barbeau - (Un)Forgotten Voices
January 10th, 2016 @ 7:30PM
Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre
6101 University Avenue, Halifax NS

Part of Upstream Music Associations "Open Waters 2016

Jerome Blais - Composition, Arrangement, Artistic Direction
Janice Jackson - Singer, Producer

Derek Charke, Flutes
Eileen Walsh, Clarinets
Sue Sayle - Viola
Norman Adams - Cello
Lukas Pearse - Double Bass
D'Arcy Gray - percussion

Traditional Songs from coast to coast revisted / reimagined.

(Un)Forgotten Voices - Le Tombeau de Barbeau is a multimedia show based on the work of Canadian folklorist Marius Barbeau (1883-1969), who many consider the father of Canadian ethnomusicology. In the first half of the 20th century, Barbeau collected thousands of songs, tales and artifacts all across Canada. Even though some aspects of his legacy are now considered controversial and therefore disputed, the fact remains that he is responsible for gathering and preserving a cultural heritage that might be otherwise unknown to most of us.

The show represents Jérôme Blais’ very personal commentary on Barbeau’s work, in particular the massive collection of wax roll recordings found at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. It is sung in several different languages: French (from Quebec and Acadia), Huron-Wendat (Quebec, Oklahoma), Maliseet, Tsimshian (northern coast of British Columbia) and English.

Part of Upstream Music Association's OPEN WATERS FESTIVAL 2016'
For a Full Line - Up go to: www.upstreammusic.org
Meet The Artisits Here

Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre
6101 University Avenue, Halifax NS
Tickets $25 / $20 (students / seniors)
Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office
902.494.3820 or toll free 800.874.1669
Online at artscentre.dal.ca

Generously supported by Arts Nova Scotia, The SOCAN Founcation
and Dalhousie University and the Upstream Music Association


A World Premiere Opera
A Vocalypse / Brady Works Production

September 16-19, 2015, at 8pm
Matinee September 19 at 2pm
Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre
6101 University Avenue, Halifax NS

Media Release: Here

All tickets $25
Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office
902.494.3820 or toll free 800.874.1669
Online at artscentre.dal.ca

The Players

Janice Jackson – soprano
RL Thompson – Baritone
Guitar – Tim Brady

The Team
Music – Tim Brady
Libretto – Douglas Burnet Smith
Director – Anne-Marie Donovan
Projections – Lukas Pearse
Costumes – Arianne Pollet-Brannen
Lighting – Leigh Ann Vardy
Design – Carolena Charles
Production Manager - Andrew David Terris

The Show
Bradyworks (Montreal) and Vocalypse (Halifax) are proud to present the world premiere of Ghost Tango, a riveting new chamber opera that tells the poignant story of a Canadian woman trapped in Argentina’s Dirty War.

Twenty years after being abused in an Argentinian prison cell, the woman thinks she recognizes her tormentor on a cruise ship. When the ship runs aground, he is seriously injured, and the woman is faced with a terrible moral dilemma. Should she forgive her torturer and allow him to continue his life without fear of exposure and prosecution? Or, due to unexpected and fortuitous circumstances, should she put an end to his life in a well-deserved act of revenge?

With a dynamic score by virtuoso guitarist Tim Brady and libretto by award-winning poet Douglas Burnet Smith, this world premiere opera will have audiences on the edge of their seats.

Ghost Tango stars two of Nova Scotia’s most talented classical singer/actors,
featuring the intense emotion of soprano Janice Jackson and the rich, resonant voice of baritone R.L. Thompson. As for the music, it has to be an operatic first, as Tim Brady uses an electric guitar and the latest electronic technology to let loose a swirling musical storm.

Ghost Tango is directed by Anne-Marie Donovan and features the talents of an all-star production team, with video projections by Lukas Pearse, costumes by Arianne Pollet-Brannen, lighting by Leigh Ann Vardy, and stage design by Carolena Charles.

Ghost Tango is a unique, thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime operatic experience that will appeal to many different audiences.

Audience comments from the 2014 workshop production:

“An amazing, powerful experience.”

“An evening of rare intensity.”

“The full-fledged performance in 2015 should not be missed.”

“Vocalypse has once again placed the world of opera in its debt.”

This show is generously supported by Arts Nova Scotia, The Canada Council For The Arts, The Halifax Regional Municipality, and the Conceils des arts et des lettres.