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UOM Community Festival: Light on Le Bestiaire 
2:00 pm & 4:30pm 8th June 2024
Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Martin Harris Performing Arts Centre

Inspired by the musical, artistic and literary forces surrounding Guillaume Apollinaire's illustrated anthology 'Le Bestiaire' (The Beasts), Light on Le Bestiaire showcases settings by Francis Poulenc, Louis Durey and Adrians Ozols with live shadow puppetry inspired by Roal Dufy's accompanying illustrations.

 

Free Entry

For more information visit: https://www.socialresponsibility.manchester.ac.uk/public-engagement/spotlight-events/community-festival/

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Illuminating Orpheus 
7:30 pm, 11th November 2023
Anthony Burgess Foundation 

What do you do when you lose everything, and how far would you go to get it back? 

 

A story of love, loss and redemption Illuminating Orpheus fuses shadow puppetry, French art song and narrative text to present an enduring story on one man's search for lost love, in an ever changing world. 

 

This theatre piece reimagines the classic tale of Orpheus through shadow puppetry and the songs of French composer Louis Durey. With an original concept developed by Samuel Herriman and directed by Spark Sanders Robinson, this tale explores the inner battle of our mythical hero as he grapples with the loss of his beloved Eurydice to the depths of the Underworld.


Featuring an international cast of emerging artists, Illuminating Orpheus is a feast for the senses, ideal for lovers of music, opera, theatre, visual art and cinema. This is Orpheus as you’ve never seen it before.

£15 Adult

£10 Concession

Book via. https://www.trybooking.co.uk/CPMG

Programme

Orpheus and the Animals
24th October 2023
Manchester Museum

Join Orpheus as he wanders the globe, charming animals with his music!

A performance and workshop featuring shadow puppetry, classical music and a cast of characters that you might recognise from all over Manchester Museum. Bring animals to life with the power of light, shadow, music and imagination.

Activities Include:

-15 minute performance featuring selected songs from Louis Durey’s ‘Le Bestiaire (The Bestiary)’, Rossini’s ‘Cat Duet’ and Elgar’s ‘Where Corals Lie connected with text by Sarah Ampil. 
-45 minute workshop including activities such as making your own shadow puppets, and learning about light effects and silhouettes in shadow puppetry. 

 

Free admission

 

Register at:

https://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/event/orpheus-and-the-animals/

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Beyond Illuminations
In Development

Beyond Illuminations is a multi-disciplinary performance endeavour, combining the artforms of Western classical art song and shadow puppetry to deliver an engaging and thought-provoking feast for the senses to audiences of diverse backgrounds and experience.

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Winter's Light
RNCM Christmas Family Day

Performed for the Royal Northern College of Music’s Christmas Family Day, this 20 minute performance tells a story of family, love and appreciation for the things you have. Directed by Olivia Sanders Robinson with text by Samuel Herriman, Winter's Light combines a selection of classic songs and arias, puppetry and story for children of all ages. 

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Light on Le Bestiaire
RNCM Lab Week

Inspired by the musical, artistic and literary forces surrounding Guillaume Apollinaire's illustrated anthology 'Le Bestiaire' (The Beasts), Light on Le Bestiaire showcases settings by Francis Poulenc, Louis Durey and Adrians Ozols with live shadow puppetry inspired by Roal Dufy's accompanying illustrations.

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The Beasts
Development Showing

The Beasts is a theatrical work featuring shadow puppetry, french art song, and original narrative text.

a story about relationships, loss and moving on, this piece follows a young man as he grapples with his identity in the wake of a recent break up. he searches for answers but finds only his own insecurities manifesting as a series of strange beasts.

This 15 minute showing pays homage to ‘Le Bestiaire’, Guillaume Apollinaire’s anthology of animal poems set to music by Francis Poulenc and illustrated by Raoul Dufy.

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