Fifth House Ensemble Presents “The Weaver’s Tale”
Fifth House Ensemble is delighted to present the world premiere of “The Weaver’s Tale: of the fearless boy and the loveless girl” for two performances only, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center and Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. at Mayne Stage. This world premiere concert is the first performance in Fifth House Ensemble’s 2010–2011 season concert series, “The Weaver’s Tales.”
“The Weaver’s Tale: of the fearless boy and the loveless girl”is a new twist on Grimm’s fairytales that weaves together the story of “Snegurotchka – The Snow Maiden” and “The Boy Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was.” Set to the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams (“Piano Quintet,” complete), Mason Bates (“Red River,” complete), David Maslanka (“Wind Quintet No. 2,” selections) and Mark Fish (“Pictures of Miro,” selections), this tale of passionate reciprocity between the sexes will be illustrated with physical theatre, multimedia, fashion and more.
Co–written and directed by Rebekah Scallet and Lindsey Marks, based on a concept developed by Fifth House Ensemble, “The Weaver’s Tale: of the fearless boy and the loveless girl” will feature Fifth House Ensemble members Melissa Snoza, flute; Crystal Hall, oboe; Jennifer Woodrum, clarinet; Karl Rzasa, bassoon; DeAunn Davis, horn; Andrew Williams, violin; Clark Carruth, viola; Herine Coetzee Koschak, cello; Eric Snoza, bass; and Adam Marks, piano. The cast will feature Lindsey Marks (The Weaver), Bethany Hedden (the loveless girl), Stephen Ochsner (the fearless boy) and Gilliam Weston (boy’s mother). Video is by Steve Emmons and Kerry Yang, and dress design and construction is by Willy Chyr.
“The Weaver’s Tale: of the fearless boy and the loveless girl”will be performed Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m., at Mayne Stage, 1328 W Morse Ave. Tickets are $20 for general admission to the performance when purchased in advance, $25 at the door. VIP reserved seating must be purchased in advance and is $25. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Mayne Stage Box Office at (773) 381–4554 or online at www.maynestage.com.
Fifth House Ensemble will perform a free performance of “The Weaver’s Tale: of the fearless boy and the loveless girl” Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St. This performance will be presented free of charge by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, with seats available on a first come, first served basis.
Lindsey Marks, also known as “Lady Jack,” is a multi–faceted performance artist and burlesque dancer from Chicago that will be playing the character of “The Weaver” throughout the season. Inspired by the west–African spider Anansi who is the spinner of all tales, “The Weaver” orchestrates the interactions of the characters in each of the separate works while also weaving each of the tales together.
Rebekah Scallet is a freelance director and dramaturg who most recently directed “The Tempest” for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, “Anne Frank & Me” for the College of Lake County and served as the assistant director for “Twelfth Night” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
“The Weaver’s Tale: of the fearless boy and the loveless girl”is the first installment in a three–part world premiere series. This piece will be followed by “The Weaver’s Tale: of cinderella and the devil,” Feb. 15 – 16, 2011 and “The Weaver’s Tale: of debt and the maidens,” May 3 – 4, 2011. This unique multi–media theatrical adventure seamlessly weaves together three storylines by combining fairy tales, physical theatre, dance, high fashion and music that will captivate audiences with a full–sensory experience.
“The Weaver’s Tales” are inspired by music ranging from Beethoven’s classic Septet to music from post–modern composer Elliott Carter. Carter’s music, with its spiky and dissident nature, is used to purposefully illustrate the “grim” nature of the fairy tales. “The Weaver’s Tales” also features music by Mason Bates, a cutting edge incoming composer for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Bates is a composer of symphonic music who includes electronica and techno in his orchestral works. His unique fusion of orchestral writing, techno rhythms, and imaginative narrative forms bring “The Weaver’s Tales” to life.
“The Weaver’s Tales” is presented in partnership with High Concept Laboratories (HCL). HCL’s mission is to partner with artists and performers to foster the creation and development of new artistic works. By working as a producing partner, HCL provides space, resources, capacity–building and administrative support to projects of merit. In doing so, they nurture new works through every step of the creative process from creation and development to presentation and performance.
Marketing efforts for “The Weaver’s Tales” are supported by an Arts Engagement Implementation Grant from The Chicago Community Trust. Through programs like this, the Trust helps Chicago area arts organizations build audience appreciation and create demand for the arts.
ABOUT FIFTH HOUSE ENSEMBLE
Founded in 2005, the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble is a versatile and dynamic group praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse.” Fifth House’s innovative performances engage audiences through their connective programming and unexpected venues. Having established itself as a regular on the Chicago chamber music scene, Fifth House has performed on some of the city’s most well-regarded series and venues including the Rush Hour Concerts at St. James and Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, in addition to regular appearances on WFMT. Other recent projects include a performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at the Adler Planetarium’s historic Sky Theater, a couture music program for the Driehaus Fashion Awards for Excellence, and a composer portrait of Galina Ustvolskaya at NYC’s Miller Theatre. Currently Ensemble in Residence at Carthage College, 5HE’s innovative educational endeavors have resulted in performances and residencies at Chicago public schools and the Chicago Cultural Center in partnership with the International Music Foundation, the Chicago Teachers’ Center, and Ravinia’s Reach*Teach*Play program. Fifth House Ensemble’s mission is to tap the collaborative spirit of chamber music to create engaging performances and interactive educational programs, forging meaningful partnerships with unexpected venues, artists of other disciplines, educational institutions, and audiences of every type.
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