A moving new opera
Composed by Neil Weisensel
Libretto by Shane Koyczan
In English with lyrics projected above the stage
The inner life of a young boy is at the heart of this moving and meaningful new opera by world-renowned spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan and composer Neil Weisensel. Bravely autobiographical, beautifully poetic, visually innovative and musically memorable, Stickboy confronts the uncomfortable reality of a society struggling with its own fear and insecurity, a society that seeks conformity and uniformity at the expense of those who are different.This visually stunning world premiere will feature animation by Giant Ant, the producers of Mr. Koyczan's monumentally popular video "To This Day", with set design by Drew Facey.
Conducted by Leslie Dala
Directed by Rachel Peake
Neil Weisensel is one of the most frequently-performed and prolific opera composers in Canada. His six operas have together seen 115 performances across Canada. He has also composed and arranged music for feature films, stage works, documentaries, and animation. Shane Koyczan was catapulted into the international spotlight when he performed his poem We Are More at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremonies. In 2013, Mr. Koyczan collaborated with animators and illustrators to create To This Day, an animated short about bullying that was released at the TED Conference. The video left attendees in tears and has since gone viral with more than 10 million views.
October 23, 24, 25, 28, 29 (student matinée), 30, November 1 (matinée), 1 (evening), 4, 5 (matinée), 6, 7, 2014
Evening performances 7:30pm.
November 1 matinee 1:30pm, November 5 matinee 2:00pm.
Tickets available via www.vancouveropera.ca at or Box Offices at 604-683-0222
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Monday through Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
For more information and tickets, please visit http://www.vancouveropera.ca/2014-2015-Season.html