Requiem for a Lost Girl – a chamber musical about homelessness

Exploring themes of homelessness, poverty, mental illness, addiction and the plight of missing and murdered women – this strikingly original chamber work  unfolds as a memorial service for a young woman lost to the street.

Requiem for a Lost Girl is created and performed in partnership with a chorus of people who know the experience of homelessness—a raw, gorgeous and heart-altering blend of true stories and the theatrical that amplifies voices and shines light on the streets of North America.

At the heart of Requiem for a Lost Girl are people who are currently experiencing homelessness or who have experienced homelessness in the past.  Based on the mandate of the script, VO Teaching Artists—including composer and conductor Lesley Sutherland, writer Alexis Maledy, and assistant director Jeff Gladstone—have created a vibrant arts-based program for Kettle participants to support their full participation in the final production as writers and performers. Weekly choral rehearsals along with song writing and personal story telling have brought forward music and monologues that explore love, loss, and the essential humanity of all people.

Featuring members of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Chorus, and the Kettle Choir and Writers Guild.

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Requiem for a Lost Girl – a chamber musical about homelessness
149 West Hastings Street