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Personal Pandemic: A mini-opera-workshop launch by the RISE project

Date & time
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

This event is free


Eldad Tsabury



The RISE team is pleased to invite you to a premiere of its first mini-opera (in progress), which will be followed by an open discussion.

Created and produced collaboratively under lockdown during recent months, Personal Pandemic is an intimate mini-opera that enacts a personal COVID-centric storyline in Montreal. The music is composed by Tim Brady to a libretto by John Sobol. Co-directors Olivia McGilchrist and Ayam Sabah dramatize the mini-opera on the computer-screen-as-venue. Led by Dr. Eldad Tsabary and funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Reflective Iterative Scenario Enactments (RISE) is a Le PARC based 5-year (2020-2025) research-creation project designed to enact and investigate cataclysmic scenarios in 10 mini-operas.

The event will begin with a 15-minute viewing session followed by an open discussion with RISE’s creative and research crew about the production process, the opera narrative and drama, the collaborative research-creation context, cataclysms, collective fears, speculative research-creation, scenario enactment, collaborative process, and more.   

How can you participate? Register for the Zoom meeting.

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Fredericka Petit-Homme, The Nurse
Marie-Annick Béliveau, The Revolutionary

Tim Brady, electric guitar, programming
Pemi Paula, viola
Cameron Crozman, cello
Laurier Vox Experimental (D. Yerichuk. Director), sonic textures

Creation/Production team:
John Sobol, librettist
Tim Brady, composer / music producer
Ayam Sabah, co-director / set designer
Olivia McGilchrist, co-director / video editor
Rosalee Tavormina, costume design / makeup
Alana DeVito, sound editing / administration
Elena Stoodley, EDI supervisor

Research team:
Cynthia Kinnunen, community music RA
Sheena Bernett, research method RA
Juanita Marchand, opera culture and ethics RA
Anoush Moazzeni, production RA
Danielle Garrison, collaborator
Donna Hewitt, collaborator (composition, technology)
Deanna Yerichuk, co-investigator (community music)
Patrick Leroux, co-investigator (writing, theatre)
Sabine Bergler, co-investigator (AI, computer-science)
Ricardo Dal Farra, co-investigator (composition/performance/environmental crises)
Eldad Tsabary, Principal Investigator

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