Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
Vancouver Opera: Requiem for a Lost Girl
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When: Friday, May 4, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday May 6, 2 p.m.
Where: Where: Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.
Additional Info: Presented by Vancouver Opera Festival, in partnership with SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs, and The Kettle Society.
Exploring themes of homelessness, poverty, mental illness, addiction and the plight of missing and murdered women – this strikingly original chamber work unfolds as a memorial service for a young woman lost to the street.
Requiem for a Lost Girl is created and performed in partnership with a chorus of people who know the experience of homelessness—a raw, gorgeous and heart-altering blend of true stories and the theatrical that amplifies voices and shines light on the streets of North America.
At the heart of Requiem for a Lost Girl are people who are currently experiencing homelessness or who have experienced homelessness in the past. Based on the mandate of the script, VO Teaching Artists—including composer and conductor Lesley Sutherland, writer Alexis Maledy, and assistant director Jeff Gladstone—have created a vibrant arts-based program for Kettle participants to support their full participation in the final production as writers and performers. Weekly choral rehearsals along with song writing and personal story telling have brought forward music and monologues that explore love, loss, and the essential humanity of all people.
Cast & Creative Team:
Onalea Gilbertson, Writer and director
Marcel Bergman, Composer and conductor
With writing and additional music by The Kettle Choir and Writers Guild.
Cast featuring members of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program
Elaina Moreau, Soprano ; Stephanie Tritchew, Mezzo Soprano; Micah Schroeder, Baritone; Holly Kroeker, Pianist
With Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Chorus and the Kettle Choir and Writers Guild.
Additional Events: Opera Speaks
Creating collaborative work alongside marginalized communities
Sun, April 29, 10 a.m. | SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.
Free workshop, featuring the artistic team behind Requiem For A Lost Girl,explores the challenges and successes of collaborative art making.
Creating opportunities for women in opera
Wed, May 2 at 5 p.m. | The Post, 750 Hamilton St.
This panel of industry experts will lead a conversation about what needs to change to raise the profile of female artists.
What role do the arts play in addressing homelessness
Wed, May 2 at 7:00pm | SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.
Billy Guinness and Rhoda Rosen (Red Line Services, Chicago IL) are the keynote speakers in this community forum about the impact of the arts on those experiencing homelessness.
More About the Project
The goals of the Requiem for a Lost Girl project include:
- Building community
- Amplifying our gathered voices
- Bringing attention to stigma surrounding homelessness, poverty, addiction, sex work, and mental health
- Helping to erase the line between “us” and “them”
- Creating a lasting relationship between Vancouver Opera, SFU Woodwards and The Kettle
The Partnership wit the The Kettle Society So Far
The relationship between VO and The Kettle began in January 2016. Here is what has happened since then:
- VO Teaching Artists provide weekly singing and writing workshops to Kettle participants at The Kettle on Burrard building
- Monthly sing-a-longs provided at The Kettle’s Venables and Taylor Manor locations
- Open houses to display residents’ work occur every 12 weeks
- Community performances at the Vancouver Opera Festival, The Vancouver East Culture Crawl
- The creation of professional recorded CD of songs written by members of the Kettle Choir
Find out more about The Kettle at www.thekettle.ca
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