"AFTER SUCH AN INTENSE, EXHILARATING AND DEEPLY REWARDING PERFORMANCE, SURELY IT MUST HAVE A VERY BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD OF IT"**** THE SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Under Milk Wood: an opera is produced by Taliesin Arts Centre, in coproduction with Le Chien qui chante (Quebec) and Companion Star Inc (New York).
Information on the Artistic Team and cast can be found on the menu bar above.
Sybil Crouch/ Stella Patrick for Taliesin Arts Centre
TALIESIN ARTS CENTRE was designated as a Regional Performing Arts Centre in 2004 by Arts Council of Wales and additional, annual core funding was awarded in recognition of the centre’s experience, initiatives and innovative producing role. Since receiving this award, it has forged ahead in both producing and presenting international work and has received an Arts Council of Wales Beacon Award 2008-2010 for outstanding contribution to culture in Wales. Taliesin has a very experienced team of staff with administrative, artistic, technical and marketing skills and receives further support from administrative departments of Swansea University, the venue’s owner.
Taliesin, alongside Le chien qui chante, successfully managed the Wales & Ireland tour of A CHAIR IN LOVE in 2005, the Quebec premiere in 2006 and the further UK tour in 2008 – handling all UK fundraising, financial controls, touring & technical logistics, marketing etc. Taliesin has considerable experience of managing international projects of similar scale & complexity. They were the main commissioning partner of GLORIA DAYS (2007), a dance work examining the life of the 5th Earl of Anglesey and co-produced 3 MEN RUNNING (2009) with Tanzcompagnie RUBATO – both productions toured, including dates in Berlin, and both earned four star reviews in The Guardian. They have produced two critically acclaimed small scale theatre tours to venues across Wales: WITCH CHILD (2005) and GOON BANDAGE: AN EVENING WITH HARRY SECOMBE (2007).They have also curated tours by international dance companies into Wales – eg Nats Nus Dansa (Barcelona) in Spring 1999 & 2006, Compagnie Marie Chouinard (Quebec) autumn 2006. Most recently they coproduced ADAIN AVION, Marc Rees' critically acclaimed Cultural Olympiad project for Wales (2012).
Keith Turnbull for Le Chien qui chante
LE CHIEN QUI CHANTE is a not-for-profit, charitable organization, based in Montreal and incorporated in July 2004 with a mission to entertain, educate, and raise the level of musical literacy of the public through multi-disciplinary music performance art, music theatre and opera. A project based company that grew out of the A CHAIR IN LOVE Collective, Le Chien qui chante is made up of Keith Turnbull, Canada’s most experienced contemporary opera director, award-winning scenographer David Gaucher, and administrator Shannon Webb.
Michael Douglas Jones for Companion Star Inc.
COMPANION STAR fosters international, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary work, with projects ranging from classical Persia to modern Sweden and from hip hop to classical music. Working in non-hierarchical, workshop-oriented environments to promote the organic flow of ideas, our goal is to challenge traditional relationships among performers, composers, designers, directors and production staff to produce art of our time.
Dedicated to dissolving conventional performance boundaries with its collaborative, improvisational approach, Companion Star cultivates a haven where artists can unleash their raw creativity and shape it into finished music-theatre. We recognize and nurture talent within our local community as well as the global community.