La bulle

It’s not opera yet but I’ll take any live theatre I can get right now.  Last night’s show was a joint presentation by Jamii Esplanade and Théâtre Français de Toronto of David Danzon and
Carolin Lindner’s La bulle.  It’s not an easy show to describe.  There is one character; Pierrot, dressed in the traditional manner and played brilliantly by Danzon.  He inhabits a transparent dome.  Pierrot dreams his dreams wordlessly through mime, drawing, dance and even text.  He finds ways to communicate with the outside world; us, sitting in a 360 degree arrangement around the dome.  There’s music and complex lighting effects.  The show has real emotional depth and is strangely moving.  At times it’s very funny and Danzon’s agility and ability to go through what seem like complete personality changes is rather remarkable.   It’s playing at 8pm every night until September 5th in the courtyard at Berkeley Castle but I’m afraid all performances are sold out.

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Photo credit: Muriel Cavanhac

Recent and upcoming

sitrIt’s been a bit quiet lately but there a couple of live shows and a video that you might want to check out.  None of them are opera really but whatever.  Shakespeare in the Ruff are doing something different this year.  They have a one hour show called Towards Rebirth which explores the themes of Rupture, Resilience, and Rebirth.  It was created in workshop by the actors and so it’s maybe not the most polished theatre you will ever see but it’s quite moving and sometimes very funny.  There are six more shows in Withrow Park at 3pm and 6.30pm Friday through Sunday.  It’s ticketed and PWYC.  Details here.

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