Listening to the adult chorus yesterday, as they were put through their paces by conductor Natalie Murray, Director Mia Theil Have and Chorus Leader Isabelle Adams, was really enjoyable. They have some wonderfully witty music as they depict a swarm of office workers following their daily routines – onto the tube, buy a coffee, security pass, lunchtime stroll…. The group, drawn from across Tower Hamlets, no doubt each bring their own experiences of these rituals to the rehearsal room and Director Mia is encouraging them each to develop their own story and characters. Soloist Robert Gardiner, who plays the main character – a man whose shadow is stolen – was joined for the first time by the dancer who will play his shadow. It was really great to see these scenes in action and in costume. Meanwhile at Shoreditch Church our Production Manager spent the day rigging a ‘sky cloth’ – an amazing cityscape which will transform the venue as we have never seen it before.
Today rehearsals continue and tomorrow we have the Sitzprobe – a really exciting chance to hear the full extent of the sound of the piece as the singers and ensemble come together for the first time. Exciting moments for John and Hazel who, with input from the participants, have created the piece – a journey they began over two years ago.
For a sneak peak have a look at some of the footage taken to document the process of creating this Opera in Pieces (Filmed by Andy Weir):
Tickets (£10 or £5 restricted view) are selling quickly for the three performances: Friday 24th June at 7.30pm and Saturday 25th June at 3.30pm & 6.30pm at Shoreditch Church.
Box Office: 0207 377 1362/ Spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk