Blue Note: a collaboration between theatre artists, musicians and architects

Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre is thrilled to co-present the premiere of the Nightswimming production Blue Note from September 16 through September 21, 2008. Part of Harbourfront Centre’s national commissioning program called Fresh Ground new works, Blue Note is the first ever performance to be presented in the York Quay Centre Main Gallery, and is absolutely free for all ages to attend. Daily open workshops take place from 1:00 pm with performances at 7:00 pm.

A character study of a vocal ensemble, Blue Note is perhaps the first of its kind an innovative collaboration between theatre artists, musicians and architects that crosses the lines of visual art and performance. In this non-traditional visual performance, the audience is granted access behind the scenes with seven singers in a vocal ensemble and are witnesses to the rehearsal process. Gradually it comes to light that the ensemble is one member short for the choral piece they are rehearsing. It is this missing voice that drives the story as it evolves through each performance, and as in a piece of choral music, the story is only revealed when the individual voices are singing together.

Created by Brian Quirt, Artistic Director of Nightswimming, and written by Martin Julien, Blue Note will transform the Main Gallery into an interactive performance space complete with lighting and spatial design from the creative team at PLANT Architect Inc. The audience and the performers interact within the transformed gallery space during both the rehearsals, which can also be considered open workshops, and the formal performances.

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