just one night      made in the moment.

How about this for a dangerous idea:  theatre and music, interactively created in real time, within the framework offered by “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, by Oscar Wilde.


Karen Bassett, Theo Pitsiavas, Sebastien Labelle 


Gina Burgess, David Christensen, Norman Adams, Lukas Pearse

The second concert of suddenly LISTEN’s main concert series. Improvised opera?  Maybe!  Risky?  Definitely.  suddenlyLISTEN collaborates with members of the Irondale Ensemble Project.  Seven skilled improvisers – musicians and actors – exploring rich themes from Oscar Wildes only novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. Making music that instigates narrative and action that is coloured and enhanced by sound. This work is framed by one of the most scandalous novels of the Victorian era. The book poetically describes the nature of beauty, cleverly points out the ironies in polite society, and artfully paints the contradictions of human nature. But at the core of this story, lurks a baser and darker tale: That of a young man, so desperate to cling to his youthful beauty, that he sells his soul to the devil.  As Dorian remains ageless, a portrait of him decomposes with every hurtful and heinous act he commits. It’s an enduring parable on the collapse of the soul.  In its own time, it was described by critics as ‘mawkish & nauseous,’ ‘unclean,’ ‘effeminate,’ and ‘contaminating.’            

A rich place to begin.

“This is one of suddenlyLISTEN’s most adventurous collaborations. In Dorian we are taking on a huge artistic challenge; Make an improvised event where theatre artists musicians are equals, listening to each other for cues, ideas and inspiration. In Dorian we bring together two different cultures of improvisation and create a truly collaborative entity. We can’t wait to see and hear the results!” –Norman Adams

Join us!  It’s going to be great.

8pm, Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Bus Stop Theatre

2203 Gottingen Street, Halifax

$20   $10

Tickets at the door 7:30pm


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