Constella OperaBallet — Sideshows

25 & 26 Nov

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Lilian Baylis Studio

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R


Roll up, roll up for the award-winning Sideshows and feast your eyes and ears on this opera and ballet spectacular! We at Constella OperaBallet are proud to present our very own ferocious dancing bear, mystical palm reader, explosive fire-eater and more! Ladies and Gentlemen this is a show not to be missed…

Sideshows was conceived as a single song and has grown over the years, building to this premiere of the final and complete, two act extravaganza! Throughout it's development, Sideshows has been awarded the Lord Mayor's Composition Prize and the Philip Bates Prize. In various guises Sideshows has been performed over 60 times across the UK and US, including Constella's production which has been broadcast twice on BBC Radio 3 to critical acclaim.

"Fun, fizzing and contemporary"
"Anarchic fairground fun, with an intricate score bristling with darting and sinuous lines"
"An utter delight."
"Excellent musical mayhem"

Sideshows takes the format of an unhinged circus show, with the Ringmaster (conductor) presenting acts which quickly spiral out of control to hilarious effect. The music, which is provided by an ensemble of clowns, explores the boundaries between jazz and contemporary classical music employing extended jazz harmony, limping grooves and wild improvisation. Some acts are sung whilst others are danced, warping the fundamentals of classical ballet technique to bring the freakish characters to life.

Composer/Conductor - Leo Geyer
Librettist - Martin Kratz
Director - Ella Marchment
Choreographer - Jaered Glavin

Lilian Baylis Studio

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

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