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Aritsts: Danielle Baskerville, Bee Pallomina

On stage:  August 17, 8pm  BUY TICKETS     AUGUST 19, 8pm  BUY TICKETS

An exquisite duet created by choreographer David Earle, Sacred Garden premiered February 1, 1986 at Solar Stage, Toronto.

The production was originally performed as a mixed duet. As the work evolved, the music used was usually soprano and alto voices and the piece eventually became a duet for women.

Described by the choreographer as “a poem of grief and compassion” Sacred Garden is a powerful depiction of Mary arriving at the site of her son’s crucifixion. The work is set on the opening section of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Composed by Pergolesi in 1736, during the final weeks of his life, the piece is beloved for its sweet and touching lyricism and its moods of devotion and quiet emotion. It is considered by many to be one of classical music’s most beautiful compositions.

“… the sheer, evocative power and timelessness of modern dance.”– The Globe & Mail (Toronto)

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Photo by John Lauener