> Sirens

Director: Alisa Palmer
Choreographer: Marie-Josée Chartier
Musical Direction: Queen of Puddings' John Hess and Dairine Ni Mheadhra
Costume Design: Charlotte Dean
Lights: Paul Mathiesen
Producer : Leslie Lester
Performers: sopranos Jane Archibald, Barbara Hannigan, Tamara Hummel, Laura Whalen and mezzos Allyson McHardy and Krisztina Szabo

The show, lasting a bit over an hour is made up of pieces that explore the extremes of the female voice, through conventional singing, speaking, as well as "unvoiced consonants and vowels." It also runs the stylistic gamut, from poking fun at Canadian foibles as in Eh! , or a poignant yet amusing look at Quebec separation in Je t'aime, Me neither, to a darker exploration of the emotional landscape in Fire by composer James Rolfe.



Joseph So, La Scena Musicale, June 20, 2000

Depending on your mindset, Sirens may bedazzle, amuse, intrigue, or move you, or it may leave you befuddled and bewildered. What it is not capable of is to leave you indifferent. Read the entire review









Chartier Danse would like to thank the following councils

for their support through project and production grants.