Zürich 1916
Composer: Christopher Butterfield
Librettist: John Bentley Mays
Other Artistic Personnel: Owen Underhill (music director)
Keith Turnbull (stage director)
David Gaucher (set designer)
Mary Kerr (costume designer)
Stéphane Mangeau (lighting designer)
Bill Coleman (choreographer)
Original Cast: Stacie Robinson (The Chanteuse Emmy Hennings)
Michael Colvin (The Artist Hugo Ball and The Artist Vladimir Mayakovsky)
Lori Klassen (Another singer and Dancer Alice More)
Shaunaid Arnette (Miss Ranovalla of Singapore the Negro Giantess)
Tracey Scher (Mrs. Koreitsky the Tattooed Lady)
Nanette Canfield (The Demoiselle Marie On Her Ponies and Tsarina)
Eric Shaw (Stromboli the Human Torch, Thomas Edison, and Tsarevitch)
Daniel May (The Amazing Onzali and Joseph Stalin)
Michael Maniaci (V.I. Lenin)
Darren Bonin (The Dandy Tristan Tzara)
Nicholas Coulter (The Drummer Richard Huelsenbeck)
Premiere Date: August 05, 1998
Producing Company: The Banff Centre for the Arts
Description: "This music drama is not history, nor even about something that happened once. It is full of subterfuges and evasions, itching powder, stink bombs, paraphrases, and booby traps. It is music as literature, as painting, as architecture; music that takes the side of contamination and impurity, refusing to discriminate. It is music that has a hard time remembering when it is and where it is. Neither the music nor the play itself is about self-expression. It is about the coincidences of life, the discovery, through art, of what is happening now. It is what is happening now, here—to the composer and librettist, the singers and dancers, choreographers and producers and beholders. It is what is happening to any soul who seeks to dwell creatively, in liberty and mercy, on the troubled ground of our century's ending."
—John Mays
Character List (Major): 2 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos, contralto, 2 tenors, bass, male soprano
Length: 02:00
Total Acts: 2
Orchestration: 17 players
Musical Style: Contemporary music theater
Contact: Kelly Robinson, Artistic Director, The Banff Centre
Address: Theatre Arts, Box 1020 STN 21
Banff AB T0L 0C0
E-mail Address: kelly_robinson@banffcentre.ca
Schedule of Performances Listings
Zürich 1916 (Butterfield)
Wednesday, August 5, 1998 - Banff Centre
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