A Singer Must Die

Soprano Yvette Coleman leads Dark by Five in a dramatic presentation of some of her favourite pop songs, which set before the backdrop of a shadow puppet screen, illustrates the backstory of Blanche DuBois from Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. Dark by Five concludes the evening with a special chamber version of Ottorino Respighi's epic symphonic poem Pines of Rome.



Dark by Five presents it own interpretation of David Ives' Variations on the Death of Trotsky, featuring a complex dance of music, theatre, and comedy. In traditional DxV style, the ensemble concludes the evening with a gripping performance of Dmitri Shostakovich's sardonic Symphony No. 5.

Beyond Words

Canadian poet Don McKay joins Dark by Five for a mesmerizing collision of poetry, movement, masks, visual projection, and music exploring humanity's complex relationship with the natural world. Featuring musical selections spanning from the Renaissance to Jazz, this fascinating production culminates in a 7-person chamber arrangement of Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring.

All photography provided by Tom Cochrane