David James Brock

Theatre, Opera, Poetry, Film

David James Brock is a Canadian writer of opera, theatre, poetry, and film.
Author of poetry collections Everyone is CO2 and Ten-Headed Alien.
Co-creator of Breath Cycle, an opera for cystic fibrosis.

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Opera (Toronto): Pandora

  • Geary Lane 360 Geary Avenue Toronto, ON, M6H 2C7 Canada (map)

FAWN Chamber Creative presents a world premiere of Canadian opera-ballet, Pandora, to be presented at 8pm on May 23, 24 and 25, 2019 at Geary Lane in Toronto.

Written by librettist David James Brock (Toronto, ON) with music composed by David Storen (Vancouver, BC), Joseph Glaser (Montreal, QC) and Kit Soden (Montreal, QC), and developed through a devised creation method, involving a week of improvisation with the FAWN Team, this piece has existed outside the boundaries of the operatic experience since its genesis.
The opera centres around someone who stumbles upon an object and quickly gets drawn into what, and who, is inside. Stage director Amanda Smith explains, “Although this piece isn’t directly about the myth, I imagine that in Pandora we see what happens when the jar, or box, is opened a second time. Hope and good shoots out from a place of isolation and is now mixing in with the darkness that was previously released. The result we see is humanity, with its raw contradictions and complexities.”

The Pandora Team:

Libretto by David James Brock
Music by David Storen, Joseph Glaser & Kit Soden

Music Direction by Adam Scime
Stage Direction by Amanda Smith

Choreography by Jennifer Nichols
Set design by Holly Meyer-Dymny
Costume Design by Tosca Delfino
Lighting Design by Oz Weaver
Projection design by Omar David Rivero
Makeup design by Erica Jeffery

Stage Performances by:
Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野- soprano
Jonathan MacArthur - tenor
Aaron Paul Durand - baritone
Andrew Adridge - baritone
Jennifer Nichols - dancer
Tyler Gledhill - dancer

Amahl Arulanandam - cello
Darren Creech - piano
Nathan Petitpas - percussion
Kishan Chouhan - bassoon
Rob MacDonald - electric guitar
+ electronics

May 23, 24 and 25, 2019
Doors open at 7:30 PM
Show at 8 PM
Geary Lane (360 Geary Ave, Toronto)

$35 arts workers & 30 or under / $45 regular
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