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  • Zack Settel, Cristian Germán Gort • Photo: Mathieu Dupuis

    Conversation with Zack Settel, Composer

    Snapshot from the production

    The concept of a «road opera» is unusual for this musical style. However, it’s the direction I naturally wanted to take after having read Yan Muckle’s libretto. What interested me in this musical style, was the idea of movement in counterpoint. Because, in this story, we have the exterior world in movement (the landscape passing by) and the interior world (a pilgrimage) which implies transformation. There is also physical movement, and the movement of the spirit. The opposition between these two types of movement is rich and complimentary. In Alexandra, the physical world is rhythmic, charged… as opposed to the exterior world which is out of time.

    News posted by Chants Libres on Thursday, May 10, 2012

  • Jessica Wise • Photo: Mathieu Dupuis

    Conversation with the Soprano Jessica Wise, who Plays the Role of Alexandra

    Snapshot from the production

    Between two rehearsals, the young soprano Jessica Wise, who plays Alexandra in the opera of the same name, answers a few questions about her development, creating a new role, how she prepares, working with Pauline Vaillancourt, her future.

    News posted by Chants Libres on Monday, May 7, 2012

  • Conversation with Jocelyne Alloucherie, Visual Artist and Set Designer of Alexandra

    Snapshot from the production

    What interested and motivated you to design the set for the road opera Alexandra? Tell us about your process and what inspires you?

    I’ve known about Alexandra David-Néel since childhood. I met Pauline Vaillancourt in 2002, during a residency at the Studio du Québec à New York. Pauline’s tenacity and audacity in exploring theatrical and musical dimensions is something I admire. The thought of working on articulating a scenic space also pleased me because my installations are conceived as pathways that offer a visual and sensory experience which also encourages the viewer to move through the space.

    News posted by Chants Libres on Monday, April 23, 2012

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