Very first woman, and mother of us all,
Temptress of Adam? Cause of the Fall?
Eternally blessed, eternally cursed,
Curious at best – defiant at worst.
Cast of Characters:
Eve The Serpent
Lilith All of us
You think you know.
The garden, the tree, the apple, the Fall .... and we’ve been searching
for Eden ever since. Mad Eve, bad Eve, blame it all on sad Eve – but
what if there’s another story?
Soprano Heather Pawsey and pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa strip away
millennia of misogyny and misunderstanding to look at Eve through a
multi-prismed and oftentimes humorous lens in a penetrating musical
exploration of this most mysterious - and fascinating - woman, and the
story that began it all. From French composer Gabriel Fauré’s lush
Romanticism to American Jake Heggie’s jazzy, syncopated rhythms,
through Canadian chris wind’s evocative soundscape and Vancouver
Symphony Orchestra Composer-in-Residence Jeffrey Ryan’s evocative
imagery, to noted B.C. composer Leslie Uyeda’s visceral and compelling
new song cycle The First Woman (with poetry by Lorna Crozier),
EVEolution ..... Another Look at Eden exposes a multiplicity of Eves,
compelling us to ask: who, really, is she? Symbol? Saint? Or Slut?
EVEolution ..... Another Look at Eden runs July 20-22 at 8:00 p.m.
(2:00 p.m. Sunday matineé), at the Sunset Theatre – British Columbia’s
most recently restored heritage, professional theatre – in Wells (1
hour west of Quesnel on Highway 26) in the heart of the Cariboo gold
fields. Tickets are $12.00 for adults / $10.00 children and seniors,
and are available at the door (cash only) or in advance from the Wells
Hotel, Wells Visitor Centre and the Bear’s Paw Cafe.
Vancouver-based soprano Heather Pawsey, First Prize winner of the
Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, has sung opera, oratorio,
chamber, symphonic and contemporary music across North America, Europe,
Russia, Singapore and Australia. Vancouver-based pianist Rachel Kiyo
Iwaasa holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of British
Columbia, and is particularly noted for her interpretations of
contemporary repertoire. Lighting is by Jessie Richardson Theatre
Award-winning designer Gerald King. The historic Sunset Theatre was
built in 1934 by Anderson/Stromberg in the gold rush town of Wells,
B.C. Completely renovated and restored by owners Karen and Dave
Jeffery, it offers a full program of professional theatre, live music
EVEolution .... Another Look at Eden runs July 20-22 at 8:00 p.m. (2:00
p.m. Sunday matineé) at the historic Sunset Theatre in Wells, B.C. (1
hour west of Quesnel on Highway 26). Tickets: $12..00 (adults) /
$10.00 (children and seniors), available at the door, the Wells Hotel,
Wells Visitor Centre and the Bear’s Paw Cafe.
Monday, June 25, 2007
An upcoming program by soprano Heather Pawsey and pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa is definitely something to check out for those of you able to travel to Wells, British Columbia (just east of Quesnel). Here's the full press release: