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THE CANARY BOYS

A cutting edge travelling installation providing a means to voice the UK’s rich mining heritage. The installation combines specially commissioned immersive music, dance, design and film to create a unique opera-ballet production. Global reach will be achieved with performance recordings and associated photographs, artefacts and film, accessed via a specially designed digital platform.

Celebrating UK mining heritage

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CONVERSATIONS WITH FORM

A specially commissioned performance to contribute to a unique tribute garden, in honour of the sculptor Dame Barbara Hepworth, accepted for the Chelsea Flower Show 2017. Leo Geyer’s piece was first performed, in the presence of the Hepworth family, at the New Art Centre in 2015, followed by a second piece commissioned by Tate St Ives. The piece combines many creative areas: music, dance and garden design.

Inspired by Dame Barbara Hepworth

PLAYING WITH GLASS

An opera-ballet double-bill including Shattered Glass that amalgamates the music of Yorkshire-based Arthur Butterworth with letters written from Charlotte Brontë to her professor Héger. Glasstown brings together four stories from the fictional world collectively conceived by the Brontë siblings.

As part of Brontë 200

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THE ORCHESTRAS OF AUSCHWITZ

An opera-ballet production that memorialises the Jewish musicians imprisoned in Auschwitz-Birkenau who were forced to play each day as slave labour commandos set off to and returned from their work. The production will revolve around one of the Sunday concerts given by the camp’s orchestra and vocal soloists. As well as music written in the camp itself, elements of the score will include an original composition in memory of Sir Martin Gilbert, renowned Holocaust historian. Performances will tour across the UK and abroad, in 2017.

In memory of Sir Martin Gilbert

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Click here to find out more  information about Sir Martin Gilbert's work.

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Samuel Gardner Memorial Trust

Click here to find out about The Canary Boys recent outreach work.

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Shelia Volmer | Sculpture

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PERFORMANCES

SIDESHOWS

Roll up, roll up for the award-winning Sideshows and feast your eyes and ears on this opera and ballet spectacular! We at Constella OperaBallet are proud to present our very own ferocious dancing bear, mystical palm reader, explosive fire-eater and more! Ladies and Gentlemen this is a show not to be missed…

Sideshows was conceived as a single song and has grown over the years, building to this premiere of the final and complete, two act extravaganza! Throughout it's development, Sideshows has been awarded the Lord Mayor's Composition Prize and the Philip Bates Prize. In various guises Sideshows has been performed over 60 times across the UK and US, including Constella's production which has been broadcast twice on BBC Radio 3 to critical acclaim.

25th Nov 7.45pm | 26th Nov 2pm & 7.45pm

Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells,

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN  

Tickets: £12 / £10  

Box office: www.sadlerswells.com | 020 7863 8000

Transaction fee applies: £3 for telephone bookings

and £1.95 for online bookings.

No charge at Ticket Office.

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION  

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CLICK HERE to book online. 

"Fun, fizzing and contemporary"

Suzy Klein, BBC Radio 3

 

"Anarchic fairground fun"

The Opera Magazine

"An utter delight."

The Daily Express

 

"Excellent musical mayhem"

British Theatre

Sideshows takes the format of an unhinged circus show, with the Ringmaster (conductor) presenting acts which quickly spiral out of control to hilarious effect. The music, which is provided by an ensemble of clowns, explores the boundaries between jazz and contemporary classical music employing extended jazz harmony, limping grooves and wild improvisation. Some acts are sung whilst others are danced, warping the fundamentals of classical ballet technique to bring the freakish characters to life.

Composer/Conductor Leo Geyer | Librettist Martin Kratz

Director Ella Marchment | Choreographer Jaered Glavin