The Flight of the Hummingbird

Goulet | Yahgulanaas | Gilson

Wednesday
Mar 18, 2020 2:00pm

Thursday
Mar 19, 2020 2:00pm

Thursday
Mar 19, 2020 7:00pm

Friday
Mar 20, 2020 2:00pm

Saturday
Mar 21, 2020 4:00pm

Saturday
Mar 21, 2020 7:00pm

Sunday
Mar 22, 2020 4:00pm

Sunday
Mar 22, 2020 7:00pm

Venue Baumann Centre

Duration 45mins

An opera for the whole family.

In this enchanting new opera, the animals of the forest are inspired to come together by Dukdukdiya, the Hummingbird, to save their beautiful home from a raging fire.

The Flight of the Hummingbird is based on an indigenous parable from the Quechuan people of South America. The story of the brave hummingbird travelled through pre-contact trade routes to become well known within Haida culture. This opera is influenced by the graphic novel written by acclaimed Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and will include elements of his dramatic Haida-manga illustrations.

Music: Maxime Goulet.
Libretto and design: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and Barry Gilson.
Director: Glynis Leyshon

Co-commissioned and co-produced by Pacific Opera Victoria and Vancouver Opera


SCHOOL PERFORMANCES: The Flight of the Hummingbird tours more than 100 BC schools and community venues from January to May 2020. Learn more.
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PUBLIC PERFORMANCES
Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Rd, Victoria, BC
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 2 pm
Thursday, March 19, 2020, 2 pm
Thursday, March 19, 2020, 7 pm
Friday, March 20, 2 pm
Saturday, March 21, 4 pm (Sold Out)
Saturday, March 21, 7 pm (Sold Out)
Sunday, March 22, 4 pm
Sunday, March 22, 7 pm (Sold Out)
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Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC
Sunday, May 3, 11 am (relaxed performance)
Sunday, May 3, 2 pm
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BE A HUMMINGBIRD
Even the smallest creature can make a big impact
The Greater Victoria Public Library hosts Be a Hummingbird, a curated series of programs for all ages, inspired by Haida author and artist Michael Nicholl Yahgulanaas’s book Flight of the Hummingbird.

Be a Hummingbird explores themes of environmentalism, responsibility and courage through song, story, and experience. All programs are free. Registration is through the Greater Victoria Public Library.

Learn more


Season
2019/2020

Sung In
English

Tickets
Adults: $25.
Youth (3 to 17): $12.
Children 2 & under free (ticket required)

Venue
Baumann Centre

Programme

Estimated Run Time: 45mins

Pre-performance talk: n/a

Performance in One Act 45 min

Artists

Creative Team

Libretto and Creative Design
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Composer
Maxime Goulet

Libretto and Creative Design
Barry Gilson

Stage Director
Glynis Leyshon

Music Director
Kinza Tyrrell

Movement Coach
Wendy Gorling

Pianist
Perri Lo

Cellist
Shiun Kim

Stage Manager
Marijka Asbeek Brusse

Cast

Dukdukdiya (Hummingbird)
Sara Adèle Schabas

Bunny / Crow 1
Rebecca Cuddy

Bear/ Crow 2
Jan van der Hooft

Media

Interviews with the Creative Team

Above: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Glynis Leyshon, Maxime Goulet, Kinza Tyrrell, and Barry Gilson talk about the story, the music, the design and staging, the creative process, and the call to action behind the opera. Video capture and photos: Nadia Zheng. Video editing: Maxime Goulet. Pianist: Perri Lo. Production photos: Tim Matheson


Flight of the Hummingbird: Animated Video

Above: short video of Flight of the Hummingbird, based on the book and artwork by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. Film by Christopher Auchter, Trickster Animation House. Narration by Lark Clark. Music by Big City Indians.

Our work takes place on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen speaking people, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.

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