a cappella opera for 3 women & 3 sewing machines
From the abuse of the sweatshop to the fantasy of costume and the empowerment of sewing-it-yourself, the sewing machine has been a force for liberation and exploitation since its invention in the 19th century. Hemmed in by the language of sewing and the inexorable rhythm of the machine, three women fight to find space for imagination and individuality.
“A rogue brace of creative spirits cuts through the couture and sweeps us straight into a sewing sweatshop in Stitch. Billed as ‘an a cappella opera for three women and three sewing machines,’ it crosses so many genres as to be in a category of its own… Imagine an opera presented outside a theatre, without a stage or orchestra. It doesn’t seem like opera at all – until you realise how much a librettist, composer and three vocalists can accomplish with the simplest of means. That’s an art.” —Toronto Star
Stitch features the sublime voices of Christine Duncan, Patricia O’Callaghan & Neema Bickersteth and received two Dora Award nominations in 2008: Outstanding Production (Opera) andOutstanding New Musical/Opera.
Concert performances & community workshops (with co-creators Anna Chatterton and Juliet Palmer):
Vancouver New Music & Western Front (April 30-May 1, 2010)
Voice++ Festival, Open Space Arts Society, Victoria (May 7-9, 2010)
Lulu Performing Arts, Gabriola Island (May 12-13, 2010)
Stitch was developed in residence at The Theatre Centre and funded by The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council, and The Canada Council for the Arts.