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Toronto ensemble brings Jacques Prévert’s fabled beasts back to life

Toronto ensemble brings Jacques Prévert’s fabled beasts back to life

May 28, 2012
Ontario

"Like Maurice Sendak and Roald Dahl, Jacques Prévert didn’t believe that stories for children should smooth away the world’s sharp edges. Prévert, a poet best known in the English-speaking world as a screenwriter (especially for Marcel Carné’s 1945 classic Les Enfants du Paradis), filled his eight Contes pour enfants pas sages with animals that are more humane than the people who oppress them.

On Tuesday, Prévert’s beasts will sing their grievances in a new setting of the 1947 tales – which translate roughly as Fables for Naughty Children – with music by Victoria composer Christopher Butterfield and projected images by painter Sandra Meigs, in a repeat performance by Toronto’s Continuum Contemporary Music. (The first show was Sunday.)

This is the second time in just over a year that Canadian artists have put the fables on stage: Choreographers Pierre-Paul Savoie and Marie-Josée Chartier presented a dance version at Montreal’s Place des Arts in 2011, with music by Benoît Côté.."

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Related Composers: Christopher Butterfield


Related Community Profiles: Continuum Contemporary Music