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Friday, August 7, 2015

Culchahworks Arts Collective and Panamania presented by CIBC Present the world premiere of Obeah Opera A Nicole Brooks Vision in association with Nightwood Theatre and b current

Culchahworks Arts Collective and Panamania in association with Nightwood Theatre and b current proudly present the world premiere of Obeah Opera, a groundbreaking a cappella musical odyssey conceived, written and composed by Culchahworks Co-Artistic Director Nicole Brooks that runs Tuesday August 4 to Saturday, August 8 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in The Distillery District (Media Night August 6).  Tickets are available at http://youngcentre.ca/ or by calling the Young Centre Box Office at 416-866-8666 and will be available at http://obeahopera.com/ within the week.

Obeah Opera is a hand clapping, foot stomping, spirit-lifting, magical musical sensation unlike any other opera before it. Steeped in Black music, sung entirely a cappella by a powerful, racially diverse all-female cast of 14, Obeah Opera tells the story of the legendary Salem Witch Trials from the fascinating perspective of Caribbean slave women
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Breaking new ground, this dramatic work redefines traditional opera by moving away from European classical standards. Unbound by any particular genre, Obeah Opera encompasses an array of musical styles - spirituals, blues, jazz, gospel, traditional African, Caribbean Folk, Calypso, Ska, R&B and Reggae. What additionally makes this work unique and beyond the conventional definition of opera is that there are no musical instruments; just pure, compelling voice.


Culchahworks Arts Collective and Panamania presented by CIBC
present the world premiere of
Obeah Opera
A Nicole Brooks Vision
in association with Nightwood Theatre and b current

An epic a capella opera performed by 14 powerhouse women:
Nicole Brooks, Divine Brown, Karen Burthwright, Diana Coatsworth, Saphire Demitro, Deidrey Francois, Nickeshia Garrick, Sarah Gibbons, Janet MacEwen, Debbie Nicholls-Skerrit, Melissa Noventa, Dana Jean Phoenix, Sabryn Rock and international Calypso star Singing Sandra as The Elder.

Music and Libretto: Nicole Brooks
Directed by: Lezlie Wade
Musical Director: Andrew Craig
Choreography by:Anthony "Prime" Guerra
Lighting Design: Bonnie Beecher
Set/Costume Design: Robin Fisher
Sound Design by Graham Clarke
Produced by Derrick Chua, Marinda de Beer and Paul Shaw

Tuesday, August 4 to Saturday, August 8, 2015 (Opening/Media Night August 6)
Tuesday-Saturday @7pm; Saturday matinee @1pm

Baillie Theatre at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in The Distillery District
50 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON, M5A 3C4

Tickets: $20.15 & $40

For tickets, call the Young Centre Box Office at 416.866.8666 or visit http://tickets.youngcentre.ca/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=8461  or http://obeahopera.com/

For more information, visit Facebook/ObeahOpera and follow Obeah Opera on Twitter: @ObeahOpera

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