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Fifth House Ensemble Presents “The Weaver’s Tale”
Alyssa Norby

Fifth House Ensemble is delighted to present the world premiere of The Weavers Tale: of the fearless boy and the loveless girlfor 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 Ensembles 20102011 season concert series, “The Weavers Tales.”

The Weavers Tale: of the fearless boy and the loveless girlis a new twist on Grimms fairytales that weaves together the story ofSnegurotchkaThe Snow MaidenandThe 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.

Cowritten and directed by Rebekah Scallet and Lindsey Marks, based on a concept developed by Fifth House Ensemble, The Weavers Tale: of the fearless boy and the loveless girlwill 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, pianoThe cast will feature Lindsey Marks (The Weaver), Bethany Hedden (the loveless girl), Stephen Ochsner (the fearless boy) and Gilliam Weston (boys mother). Video is by Steve Emmons and Kerry Yang, and dress design and construction is by Willy Chyr.

The Weavers Tale: of the fearless boy and the loveless girlwill be performed Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m., at Mayne Stage, 1328 W Morse AveTickets 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) 3814554 or online at

Fifth House Ensemble will perform a free performance of The Weavers 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 asLady Jack,” is a multifaceted performance artist and burlesque dancer from Chicago that will be playing the character ofThe Weaverthroughout the seasonInspired by the westAfrican spider Anansi who is the spinner of all tales, “The Weaverorchestrates 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 directedThe Tempestfor the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, “Anne Frank & Mefor the College of Lake County and served as the assistant director forTwelfth Nightat Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

The Weavers Tale: of the fearless boy and the loveless girlis the first installment in a threepart world premiere seriesThis piece will be followed byThe Weavers Tale: of cinderella and the devil,” Feb. 1516, 2011 andThe Weavers Tale: of debt and the maidens,” May 34, 2011.  This unique multimedia theatrical adventure seamlessly weaves together three storylines by combining fairy tales, physical theatre, dance, high fashion and music that will captivate audiences with a fullsensory experience.

The Weavers Talesare inspired by music ranging from Beethovens classic Septet to music from postmodern composer Elliott Carter. Carters music, with its spiky and dissident nature, is used to purposefully illustrate thegrimnature of the fairy tales. “The Weavers Talesalso features music by Mason Bates, a cutting edge incoming composer for the Chicago Symphony OrchestraBates is a composer of symphonic music who includes electronica and techno in his orchestral worksHis unique fusion of orchestral writing, techno rhythms, and imaginative narrative forms bringThe Weavers Talesto life.

The Weavers Talesis presented in partnership with High Concept Laboratories (HCL). HCLs 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, capacitybuilding 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 forThe Weaver’s Talesare 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.

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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