Join moderator Danielle Baskerville for a post-show audience talkback with director and choreographer, James Kudelka, composer, James Rolfe, and librettist, Alex Poch-Goldin following the Thursday, May 30th show of Against Nature.
Danielle Baskerville works with many of the country’s leading dance creators. Upcoming independent projects include co-producing The Miserere Project, investigating choreographic legacies in New York, London and Germany and performing a solo work by Jonathan Osborne for the Sasha Waltz Company Showcase in Berlin this coming August. Along with performing, producing and teaching dance, she is a contributor to The Dance Current and is an Executive Board Member of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists-Ontario.
The guidebook of decadence. James Kudelka’s music/dance theatrical, adapts author Joris–Karl Huysman’s scandalous 1884 novel of bourgeois excess, and aesthetic contemplation. The story of Jean des Esseintes, an eccentric, recluse who loathes 19th–century Parisian society and retreats into an obsessive, artistic, and indulgent world of his own creation that ravages his mind and body. Featuring original music by James Rolfe, and libretto by Alex Poch–Goldin.
Original music: James Rolfe
Libretto: Alex Poch-Goldin
Piano: Steven Philcox
Violin: Parmela Attariwala
Cello: Carina Reeves
Lighting Design: Simon Rossiter
Costume Design: Jim Searle & Chris Tyrell/Hoax Couture
Projection Design: Jeremy Mimnagh
Set Design: Joe Pagnan
Puppet Design: Nell Coleman
Rehearsal Assistant: Danielle Baskerville
It all makes for an intense theatrical experience in which conventions of dance, opera and theatre are not so much abandoned as reshaped and combined to evoke the central theme of a man in search of himself, yet unwilling to trust in any God…Against Nature is a must-see. – Michael Crabb, The Toronto Star
Nominated for a 2016 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production