Based on the award-winning book of poetry “children of air india” by Vancouver writer, Renée Sarojini Saklikar, this is an international project with music by Irish composer Jürgen Simpson. air india [redacted] is a multi-layered work featuring Turning Point Ensemble, soprano Zorana Sadiq, baritone Alexander Dobson, countertenor Daniel Cabena and moving images. The result is an innovative theatrical experience of music, voice, poetry and projections that will address multiple issues related to the Air India bombing.”
Showtimes: November 6, 7, 10, and 11th at 8:00 pm, Doors at 7:30 pm
Matinee performance: November 8 at 2:00 pm, Doors at 1:30 pm
Location: Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver
air india [redacted]: rehearsals at the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre.
Four days in: libretto and music score, text and archive, singers and composer, conductor and director, and me, the poet.
The time it takes to enter into rhythm, tone, cadence. When artists gather and do the work.
That quality of an atmosphere, built up, by delving into detail.
This afternoon, when Owen said, “then we can feel the 8th notes underneath,”
I thought about language, fluid and solid, about the power of music, about time and its dimensions.
that moment in the morning, with baritone, countertenor, soprano.
what it means to pay attention to detail.
A measure of time, the pattern of notes on a page.
That moment, when text enters into the lexicon of a composer (Jurgen Simpson)
That moment, and the musicians, their instruments: harp, oboe, strings, clarinet, trombone, flute, bass, trumpets, percussion and piano.
that moment, when the conductor (Owen Underhill).
that moment, when the director (Tom Creed).
that moment, when bass, countertenor, soprano.
Music is to words, that moment when image (John Galvin),
and the archive that is Canada/Air India