Opera Workshop: Visualizing the Performing Arts

Opera and the performing arts may seem daunting for anyone who is blind or partially sighted. Theatres are large and dark, and the problems of viewing what is on stage, as well as navigation within the theater may seem impossible. Sponsored by BALANCE and CCB, a new partnership with Toronto’s Opera Atelier aims to change the opera experience for people who are blind or have low vision. Opera doesn’t have to be entirely visual. Engagement of the other senses, such as sound, smell and touch can also be used as a means to explore the narrative and give meaning to the experience.

This workshop series will introduce people with vision loss to opera and other forms of the performing arts. We will explore their upcoming opera – The Return of Ulysses –  which is about the emotional life of Ulysses, the protagonist, after the Greek Trojan war. Mythic elements from the Odyssey will engage the creative senses of participants.

The Details:

As introduction to the world of baroque opera, BALANCE, in partnership with CCB (Canadian Council of the Blind) and Toronto’s Opera Atelier, will run a 4-week workshop in the month of March.

When: Thursdays, March 8, 15, 22 and 29

Times: 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Location: CNIB, 1900 Bayview Avenue, room 218B (March 8/15/22) and room 218A (March 29)

Registration Cost: Free (commitment required on all 4 sessions), maximum registration is 12.

Bonus: Those who participate in all 4 sessions will be provided with a ticket (funded by BALANCE) to attend a performance of The Return of Ulysses, in April.

Workshop content: Participants will have described, and be able to participate in activities such as singing, dancing and acting throughout the workshop experience. Throughout the workshop we will discuss ways of making opera more accessible and navigating the performing arts scene.

Pre-register by calling Laura at BALANCE: 416-236-1796, ext. 0.

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