Salon: A Passage to India
The inspiration behind Toronto Masque Theatre's newest creation
Monday 29 February 2016, 7:30 pm
The Atrium at 21 Shaftesbury Avenue, Summerhill subway
Toronto Masque Theatre's latest commission, The man who married himself, is based on a Narcissus-like folk tale from Karnataka, a region in south western India.
Join Artistic Director Larry Beckwith in conversation with the creators of this exciting new inter-disciplinary masque, composer Juliet Palmer, librettist Anna Chatterton and choreographer Hari Krishnan as we learn how the traditions of India have influenced and inspired them. Featuring singing from acclaimed vocalist Suba Sankaran, the evening will also explore the parallels and differences between the music theatre traditions of South East Asia and the masque tradition of the West.
Juliet Palmer, composer
Anna Chatterton, librettist

Hari Krishnan, choreographer
Larry Beckwith, moderator
Plus performances from special guests Suba Sankaran and Dylan Bell.
Hosted and sponsored by TMT patrons Walter and Marina Unger, the evening will include snacks, tea, coffee, and a cash bar.
Dylan Bell
is a Juno-nominated vocalist, instrumentalist, composer/arranger, music director and producer/engineer. Dylan has worked with groups ranging from vocal jazz, (Cadence; Hampton Avenue, the Swingle Singers), to vocal pop (Retrocity, the Nylons) to eclectic jazz and world music (autorickshaw, Ray Montford Group), to classical (Nathaniel Dett Chorale; Lara St John) to flat-out rock ‘n’ roll (Honeymoon Suite).
Anna Chatterton is a playwright, librettist and performer. Her play Within the Glass was produced at Tarragon Theatre where she is a playwright in residence. As a librettist her work has been produced by Canadian Opera Company (Swoon-composer James Rolfe), World Stage/Harbourfront Centre (Voice Box-composer Juliet Palmer), The Banff Centre (Crush-composer James Rolfe) and Theatre Centre/Urbanvessel (Stitch-composer Juliet Palmer, Dora nomination).
Hari Krishnan is a Bessie (NYC) and Dora (TO) award nominee and is the Artistic Director of Toronto based company inDANCE and Associate Professor of Dance in the Department of Dance at Wesleyan University (Connecticut, USA). As an award winning dance-maker, Krishnan is frequently commissioned for his avant-garde, subversive and transgressive choreography to create work for soloists and companies around the world.
Juliet Palmer is the Artistic Director of Urbanvessel, a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration. Upcoming: Sweat, an a cappella opera with writer Anna Chatterton (Center for Contemporary Opera, New York) inspired by the garment trade. Juliet holds a PhD in composition from Princeton University and an M.Mus in performance, composition and time-based art from Auckland University.
Suba Sankaran is a Dora award-winning and Juno-nominated world/fusion vocalist who has performed around the world with Autorickshaw, Trichy Sankaran, FreePlay Duo and Retrocity. She has performed for Peter Gabriel, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu and performed with Jane Siberry, Lorraine Segato, Bobby McFerrin and the Swingle Singers. She is also a choral director, arranger, educator and composer who has composed music for theatre, film, radio and dance. (Photo of Suba by Rob Allen.)
$20 (includes snacks)
BY PHONE: 416-410-4561
Monday 29 February 2016, 7:30