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Calamity / Billy


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A two-part paradise lost
Composed of Calamity Jane to Her Daughter: Ben Johnston
The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Michael Ondaatje, Gavin Bryars (creation)

Calamity / Billy is a musical theatre project built around two mythical figures of the American west, Calamity Jane and Billy the Kid. Jean Lacornerie got the idea of pairing this legendary heroine with the most famous outlaw of the Far West, Billy the Kid, through Michael Ondaatje’s The Collected Works of Billy the Kid. The English composer Gavin Bryars was asked to set the text to music.The first piece is composed for a soprano voice (Claron McFadden). The second piece is composed for two voices: Bertrand Belin for Billy and Claron McFadden for all of the female characters he encounters (Sally Chisum, Angela Dickinson and Paulita Maxwell)..

musical theatre | 1st part: Calamity Jane to Her Daughter, text attributed to Jean McCormick, music Ben Johnston | 2nd part:Billy the Kid based onThe Collected Works of Billy the Kidby Michael Ondaatje, music Gavin Bryars | musical direction Gérard Lecointe | directed by Jean Lacornerie | set design Marc Lainé and Stephan Zimmerli | choreography Raphaël Cottin | lighting David Debrinay | with Claron McFadden, Bertrand Belin, Les Percussions Claviers de Lyon and Lyonel Schmit, violin | length 1h40 | Premiere 6 March 2018  Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse - Lyon

production:Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse, Lyon / Théâtre de La Renaissance, Oullins Lyon-Métropole / Muziektheater Transparant, Antwerp (BE) | coproduction: Les Percussions Claviers de Lyon / MCB° Maison de la Culture de Bourges-SN / Concertgebouw – Bruges (BE) / Operadagen – Rotterdam (NL)





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