The Sea is an opera in five parts in an exciting new collaboration between Forest Collective and BK Opera. The two arts companies have put together a riveting production that looks at love and the abuse of love through patriarchy, trauma and the imbalance of power.
Using a poem by Nicole Butcher, The Sea Libretto, we are told the story of an unnamed woman living in an abusive relationship. With music by Evan J. Lawson (Forest Collective's artistic director) and direction by Kate Millett (BK Opera's artistic director), this woman’s plight is linked to the sea, where its negative and positive associations are brought to the surface.
The performers (Aleise Bright, Amanda Windred, S0daWater, Daniel Szesiong Todd, Archie Rumsam and Henry Shaw) show an exceptional connection to the various ways the material is presented and bring a strong visual element to the storytelling.
Forest Collective and BK Opera seek to inspire, surprise and challenge audiences when it comes to expectations around what classical music and opera can be and do, and The Sea is no exception. This may be a story around love, power and abuse, it is ambiguous enough to allow the audience to forge their own narrative within it and offering them the space to consider their own responses and reactions to this captivating work.
The Sea was performed at Abbostford Convent between 8 - 10 December.
Kim Tan - Flute
Ryan Lynch - Clarinet
Jasmin Buell - Recorder (guest artist)
Phoebe Smithies - Horn
Trea Hindley - Trombone
Phillipa Safey - Keyboard (guest artist)
Alex MacDonald - Viola
Ian Crossfield - Double Bass
Image credit: Andrew Signor