May 6 and 7, 2020 • 8:00 pm
In 2017, author Robert Macfarlane and illustrator Jackie Morris created a magical book called The Lost Words: A Spell Book. It was a whimsical and evocative response to the fact that, in 2007, the Oxford Junior Dictionary had replaced 40 words about the natural world with words about the digital one. “Adder” and “willow” had given way to “cut-and-paste” and “voice mail”. Written in hope, Robert’s “spells” are meant to conjure back twenty of the lost creatures and plants in the lives of children and adults, and Jackie’s stunning paintings hold the reader spellbound. The Lost Words: A Spell Book has quickly taken on a life of its own around the world and is now a bestseller, with additional educational materials developed by the John Muir Trust.
Elektra, known internationally for its leadership in developing compelling new repertoire for women’s choirs, has obtained the rights to commission choral settings of the 20 spells for its spring 2020 concerts in Vancouver and Nelson, BC. Artistic Director Morna Edmundson has chosen a gender-balanced roster of 10 Canadian composers who will each write original compositions on two spells. The performance will be a treat for the eyes and ears, with large-screen projection of the book’s illustrations, an actor reading each spell, and the new compositions performed by Elektra and a small ensemble of instrumentalists.
THE LOST WORD COMPOSERS
Carmen Braden (Yellowknife, NWT)
Alex Eddington (Toronto, Ontario)
Katerina Gimon (Vancouver, BC)
Nicholas Ryan Kelly (Penticton, BC)
Ramona Luengen (Burnaby, BC)
Don Macdonald (Nelson, BC)
Monica Pearce (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
Marie-Claire Saindon (Montreal, QC)
Rodney Sharman (Vancouver, BC)
Stephen Smith (Vancouver, BC)
The Annex, 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Pre-concert talk at 6:45pm on May 7 only.
Adult: $40 | Seniors (65 +): $35 | Students with valid ID: $18
Ticket prices include GST and all service charges. A $3.25 per ticket Vancouver Civic Theatres Facility Fee will be added at the conclusion of ticket transaction.
Note that reserved seats apply for Elektra’s performances at the Annex.
The Lost Words written by Robert Macfarlane and Illustrated by Jackie Morris.
Text © Robert Macfarlane 2017
Illustrations © Jackie Morris 2017
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