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The Myth of Europa: desire, transformation and possession

The Myth of Europa will present two short masques: Europa and the White Bull by James Rolfe and Steven Heighton and Europe the classic Baroque cantata by Michel Pignolet de Montéclair.

Join us for an evening of masque stripped down to its bare essentials, featuring a singer, the celebrated soprano Suzie LeBlanc, a dancer, Stéphanie Brochard and an actor, Martin Julien.

Fri 25 Apr 2014 8:00 pm
Sat 26 Apr 2014 8:00 pm

Pre-show chat 45 minutes before each show

Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre
427 Bloor St. W.

Order your tickets online or by phoning 416 410 4561.

 

“…a single gorgeous strand of spun silver, handled with unbelievable finesse and imagination….”

Minnesota Public Radio on Suzie LeBlanc

The greatest of all the gods takes the form of a white bull. His goal: to seduce a beautiful mortal. Zeus and his encounter with Europa is one of the great myths of the classical world: at once earthy, tragic and celestial.

To conclude our tenth season, Toronto Masque Theatre will explore this ancient myth through multiple perspectives in an evening of masque stripped down to its bare essentials: a singer, the celebrated soprano Suzie LeBlanc, a dancer, Stéphanie Brochard and an actor, Martin Julien.

The evening will feature the exquisite Baroque cantata L’Europe by Michel Pignolet de Montéclair (1667-1737) paired with a new commission from acclaimed composer James Rolfe and poet/novelist Steven Heighton.

These two major works of musical theatre will be supported by excerpts of poetry and prose that delve into the themes of the myth and will provide audiences with a rich and detailed presentation of this complicated and troubling story. What will emerge is a beautiful, timeless and multi-layered portrait of one of Greek mythology's most fascinating women.

Artistic Director, Larry Beckwith will lead a baroque ensemble featuring Kathleen Kajioka, baroque violins; Roseen Giles, baroque flute; Justin Haynes, viola da gamba; Sylvain Bergeron, lute; Christopher Bagan, harpsichord and organ.

Choreography and direction by Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière. Lighting Design by Gabriel Cropley. Costumes by Angela Thomas.

 

 

Thanks to our sponsors

 

   

 

For major support in our 2013/14 season, special thanks to:

Roger Moore

The Mary-Margaret Webb Foundation, and the K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation

Sharon Adamson, Ian Alexander, Justina Becker, Teri Dunn & Larry Beckwith,

Jean Edwards, Father Brian Freeland, Linda & Michael Hutcheon,

Daniel & Carol Kushner, Kathleen McMorrow & John Beckwith, Marja Moens,

Kit & Barbara Moore, Matthew O'Gorman & Vivian Moens,

John & Ellen Spears, Walter & Marina Unger.

  
Original Light Studios

Press

  • 'Beckwith & Co. have the right idea and the right attitude, thinking not only of the past, but of the present and future.'
  • John Terauds, Toronto Star

  • ' …finely detailed choreography by Marie-Nathalie Lacoursiere, who with this one show has set a new standard for historical dance in Toronto.'
  • Robert Everett-Green, Globe and Mail

  • 'Beckwith led his instrumentalists discreetly from the first violin’s chair, giving us chamber music instead of arm-waving.'
  • Tamara Bernstein, Globe and Mail

  • 'Derek Boyes was superb as the narrator in Histoire du Soldat….the musicians, as always, were outstanding.'
  • Paula Citron, Opera Canada

  • '…what a wonderful experience King Arthur was, on so many levels. It was a triumphant display of all the strengths TMT can boast, and we were totally thrilled.'
  • TMT patron