SOUND THE ALARM:
The Theatre of Music and Sound
The Last Cabaret
Produced by City Opera Vancouver
in association with Sound the Alarm: Music/Theatre
Presented at the
International Performing Arts Festival
This cabaret celebrates the subversive power of art and offers a warning to those who would take freedom for granted.
1934: As Nazism tightens its grip on Germany, a satirical cabaret troupe faces physical danger and a moral crisis. Members have disappeared under suspicious circumstances; the five that remain have to decide whether to bend to intimidation or perform their work uncensored. With death looming in the air, the risks couldn’t be higher—and yet the desperate need for expression is still there...
This 2017 Pulizer Prize winning opera by composer Du Yun and Canadian librettist Royce Vavrek is planned to make its Canadian debut in 2020/21 with Sound the Alarm: Music/Theatre and co-producer re:Naissance Opera. We hope you will join us on this two-year journey and our deepest thanks to the Vancouver Foundation for their multi-year funding and belief in this project.
A new commission that explores how we as humans are actively destroying our physical environment as well as our construct of civilized society. Our aspired unification is resulting in an opposite reality - a polarization of ‘sects’ that ostracize differing ideologies, villainize racial minorities, and treat further sub-cultures like insignificant insects or pests that should be eradicated.
Created through movement, theatre, contemporary music, and electronic sound.
Planned for 2023/24
Supported by BC Arts Council
Acis + Galatea, 2017
Named "Vancouver's Best Opera"
"...this retelling of Handel’s story was refreshing, making perfect sense of music and libretto, doing a fine job of presenting them, and introducing a concept of the opera more dramatically compelling than the original."
Webley aWaits, 2012
"Comedy walked - OK, staggered at times - arm in arm with tragedy... The front seat? That was Kris Ruston driving the energy from behind the grille of an '80s Ford pickup, part of a junk-strewn set that included a kitchen-utensil rhythm section.
Dragging Piaf, 2016
"On its own, ninety minutes of Frederik Robert’s singing could’ve been interesting and fully entertaining … I was excited to see if the silent film could use the urgency and intensity of Robert’s live voice to spin a powerful narrative… And it did."
Satie de Paris, 2009
"Satie de Paris was poetry on stage!"
We would like to thank our supporters!
It is with great honour that we have received funding support
from the following organizations.
Yearly support towards our Performance Programming
In support of
Music of the Night:
The Concert Tour ('19)
COVID Org Support ('20)