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Toronto: Soundstream’s “Garden of Vanished Pleasures” runs online September 23-October 10
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Lawrence Cherney, Founding Artistic Director, Soundstreams, today announced additional details about the company’s 2021/22 season premiere, Garden of Vanished Pleasures, produced as part of Soundstreams’ 2021 Digital Residency at Crow’s Theatre.
If modern gardening has a patron saint, it must be English artist, filmmaker, and queer rights activist Derek Jarman. As the AIDS plague took his friends one by one and he himself faced an increasingly uncertain future, he discovered his own form of hope, resilience, and solace in his garden by the sea.
Cecilia Livingston writes deeply-felt songs of love and loss, and they chime perfectly with Donna McKevitt's heart-aching songs that use beautiful texts drawn from Jarman’s journals. Their works are intertwined in Garden of Vanished Pleasures, a fully-staged production for digital broadcast, devised and directed by Tim Albery, working with other members of the team behind Hell’s Fury, The Hollywood Songbook.
“The pandemic provoked us to develop new ways of engaging with audiences through digital platforms. The Garden of Vanished Pleasures, which opens the season, is itself a poignant metaphor for what we have gone through: a reminder that we must come to terms with all that we have lost, at the same time as we plant hopeful seeds of rebirth and renewal.” – Lawrence Cherney, Founding Artistic Director, Soundstreams
Digital Passes for Soundstreams’ 2021/22 are available here; individual tickets are available at tickets.crowstheatre.com. Visit Soundstreams.ca for more information.
GARDEN OF VANISHED PLEASURES
September 23 – October 10, screening at 8 p.m. EDT (excluding Mondays)
Digital Broadcast, lasting approximately 75 minutes
Single Tickets are $20, or you can purchase a Soundstreams Digital Pass for the season
Tim Albery, devisor and director
Cecilia Livingston, composer
Donna McKevitt, composer
Rachael Kerr, music director and piano
Michelle Tracey, production designer
Cameron Davis, projection designer and video editor
Wesley McKenzie, lighting designer
Dennis Patterson, sound engineer
David Jaeger, sound producer
Jessie Potter, production manager
Isabel Martins, props assistant
Jay Hines, head technician
Mireille Asselin, soprano
Lindsay McIntyre, soprano
Rebecca Cuddy, mezzo-soprano
Daniel Cabena, countertenor
Brenna Hardy-Kavanagh, viola
Amahl Arulanandam, cello