A new opera in English, French and Anishnawbemowin

Giiwedin- A new opera in English, French and Anishnawbemowin

The biggest undertaking in Native Earth'sHistory....Seriously.

From Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 8:00pm

Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 8:00pm

Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace

, Toronto, ON

An opera in English, French and Anishnaabemowin combining baroque and traditional Indigenous music, Giiwedin tells the story of a 150 year old Aboriginal woman fighting for her land. Penned by Algonquin playwright Spy Dénommé-Welch with co-composer Catherine Magowan.

April 8-24, 2010
Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace 
Wed-Fri at 8pm and Sat at 2:30pm

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Librettist - Spy Dénommé-Welch
Composers- Catherine Magowan and Spy Dénommé-Welch

Director- Maria Lamont
Musical Director & Conductor- Gregory Oh


Ryan Allen, Jesse Clark, Neema Bickersteth, Catharin Carew, Lawrence Cotton, Nicole Joy-Fraser, Jessica Lloyd, James McLennan and Marion Newman in the role of Noodin-Kwe

Music Ensemble

Sara Churchill (harpsichord), Mary-Katherine Finch (violoncello), Lucas Harris (archlute), Edwin Huizinga (violin)

Lighting Designer- Michelle Ramsay
Set Designer - Camellia Koo
Costume Designer- Jackie Chau
Stage Manager- Sarah O'Brien
Production Manager- Beth Kates    

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