Chernobyl: The Opera
The Troika Collective presents a new work for cello, accordion, guitar and voice that draws on one of the most searing events of the late 20th century the nuclear reactor disaster at Chernobyl in the Ukraine.
Set to the hauntingly beautiful music of Vancouver composer Elliot Vaughan, Chernobyl: The Opera tells the stories of survivors of the meltdown of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor as well as of those who have chosen to resettle in the region despite the dangers to their health. Using verbatim text taken from interviews and sung by an ensemble of seven, Chernobyl: the Opera uses music, movement, and projection to explore the heartbreaking yet compelling history of a nuclear disaster.
The Troika Collective is an emerging interdisciplinary artists' collective based in Vancouver. It is currently partnering with the Veronika Children Leukemia Foundation (veronikafoundation.org), which assists children suffering from cancer in Eastern Europe, many of them as a result of the lingering effects of the Chernobyl disaster. All proceeds from a preview performance May 14th will be donated to the foundation (tickets for this performance only available at the door).
A preview version of Chernobyl: The Opera was presented as part of Hive: The Newbees 2, where it drew critical praise.
"The sophisticated score swaggers like a peg-legged drunk, but, at the same time, its execution is terrifically precise," said the Georgia Straight's Colin Thomas.
Chernobyl: The Opera
May 14 - 19, 2013
Carousel Theatre Studio
Pay-what-you can preview on May 14th to benefit the Veronika Children Leukemia Foundation
Composition and Musical Direction by: Elliot Vaughan
Concept and Direction by: Aliya Griffin
Stage Management by: Jessica Han
Featuring: Jessica Hood, Kevin Lee, Steffi Munshaw, Chu-Lynne Ng, Gina Readman, Manuela Sosa, Benjamin Stone, Clara Shandler, and Elliot Vaughan
Carousel Theatre Studio (View)
1411 Cartwright Street, Granville Island
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R7
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