Broken Chord

Date(s) - February 23, 2023 - February 25, 2023
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Vancouver Playhouse

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Running time: 60 minutes, no intermission

Pre-show Chat 7:15pm each night in the Vancouver Playhouse Upper Lobby.
Host: Giorgio Magnanensi, Vancouver New Music Artistic Director (Feb 23 & 24), TBD (Feb 25).
Guests: Thuthuka Sibisi, Broken Chord Composer, and Kari Turunen, Vancouver Chamber Choir Artistic Director.

Post-show Social after the performance on Friday night in the Playhouse Salons.

Four vocal soloists, the Vancouver Chamber Choir and South African choreographer and performer Gregory Maqoma share the stage in Broken Chord, a musical and movement-filled exploration of the life and legacy of The African Native Choir. A South African ensemble that toured the globe in the late 1800s, its history is brought to life through contemporary dance intertwined with song, sound, and storytelling.

Active from 1891 through 1893, The African Native Choir travelled by boat to Britain, Canada, and America, performing at such iconic venues as London’s Crystal Palace and for dignitaries, including Queen Victoria. The 16-member ensemble was on a mission to raise funds for a technical school in Kimberley, South Africa. Performing in traditional African dress, their repertoire combined English hymns and operatic choruses with traditional African songs.

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