The production -- part opera, part ballet and part theatre -- is based on Edith Wharton’s novel The House of Mirth and sold out when it was first mounted in May 2012.
“We call it a music, dance, theatre piece,” says Laurence Lemieux, co-founder of Coleman Lemieux Compagnie. “It’s really a mix of all these art forms.
“The seed is James’s, the choreographer, but he approached the work more as a theatre director.”
Kudelka, who was the artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada from 1996 to 2005, has been called one of Canada’s greatest choreographers. After his high-profile resignation from the National Ballet, he took a short break from the dance world.
Now, three of Kudelka’s works are in the National Ballet’s
2013/14 season. And he will choreograph a new piece for the ballet’s innovation program.
From the House of Mirth runs Thursday, Feb 14 to Sunday, Feb 24. For those on tight budgets, there are a number of pay-what-you-can performances.
The sublime costumes are designed by Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell of Hoax Couture.