Music of the Heavens
8 PM, Thursday November 23rd
Norman Rothstein Theatre
950 W 41st Ave, Vancouver
$20 regular, $15 seniors/students/children
\We invite you to join us as The Orchid Ensemble celebrates its 20th anniversary with Music of the Heavens – a multicultural creation of live music and multimedia animated visuals that tell ancient astrological stories, exploring the mythology and belief systems that make up the diverse fabric of Canadian and Indigenous society. The multimedia projection shows real-time animated images of star stories, not unlike a DJ creating their own unique set— alongside world-class cross-cultural music. The project is co-produced and performed by the Centre for Culture and Technology of UBC Okanagan and the Vancouver-based Orchid Ensemble.
The artists re-interpret the cosmological stories and oral histories from their own cultural heritages — Greek, Chinese, and the Indigenous’ Haudenosaunee culture, and explore the meeting of cultures in their collaborative process with community members, where unique stars signifying individuals’ heritage were made. Each story is connected to a season, and characters from the heavenly world travel through time and space as the night unfolds, highlighting different cultural beliefs.