The Myth of Europa: desire, transformation and possession
“…a single gorgeous strand of spun silver, handled with unbelievable finesse and imagination….”
Minnesota Public Radio on Suzie LeBlanc
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.
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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.