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HUSH: Henry’s Dream Machine

Visual concert-performance

2022-11-12 15:00 2022-11-13 16:00 60 Canada/Eastern 🎟 NAC: HUSH: Henry’s Dream Machine

https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/25548

In-person event

We’ve been waiting for him and he’s here at last: our Henry Purcell, fresh from a complete “makeover” by the renowned Zonzo children’s theatre company. Via a miniature version of a theatre straight out of the composer’s time, you’re invited on a wild and crazy journey through Baroque music and fantasies in a land of dreams and imagination! This project is the result of a joyous partnership between Quebec and...

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Azrieli Studio,1 Elgin Street,Ottawa,Canada
November 12 - 13, 2022
3:00 pm
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“Wondrous machine”
  • In-person event
  • Bilingual
  • Ages 6-12
  • ≈ 55 minutes · No intermission

North American Premiere

We’ve been waiting for him and he’s here at last: our Henry Purcell, fresh from a complete “makeover” by the renowned Zonzo children’s theatre company. Via a miniature version of a theatre straight out of the composer’s time, you’re invited on a wild and crazy journey through Baroque music and fantasies in a land of dreams and imagination! This project is the result of a joyous partnership between Quebec and Flanders. 


Put on your finest silk stockings, board a ghost ship, crank up the wind machine and discover the bewitching world of HUSH, an off-the-wall concert-performance about Henry Purcell, the Shakespeare of English music! His most sublime compositions travel from the 17th  century to the present day thanks to the genius of an amazing lutenist/electric guitarist, a fiery accordionist and a simply divine soprano. 

But wait—there’s more to it than meets the eye! Strange characters in ruffled collars, mind-boggling sea creatures and lacy vegetation: the stage becomes a magical box that shifts and changes before your eyes. It’s like stepping into the pages of a fantastic pop-up book! 

Voted Best Young Audience Opera at the 2021 Young Audience Music Awards

In French with songs in English ● Ages 6 and up

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video: HUSH - Henry’s dream machine | official trailer
HUSH - Henry’s dream machine | official trailer
video: HUSH & our BIG BANG ambassadors (English subtitles)
HUSH & our BIG BANG ambassadors (English subtitles)
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  • Music Henry Purcell
  • With Jan Van Outryve (lute), Benjamin Macke (accordion), Julie Calbete (soprano)
  • Musical arrangements Jan Van Outryve and Anne Niepold
  • Text Shakespeare, Dryden, Tate (adaptated by Mélanie Dumont and Wouter Van Looy)
  • Video Nele Fack
  • Sound Design Jo Thielemans
  • Costumes Johanna Trudzinski
  • Advice visual concept Marcelle Hudon
  • Advice set design Sascha Van Riel
  • Additional recordings Stijn Demeulenaere
  • Technical director Arthur De Vuyst
  • Produced by Zonzo Compagnie
  • Coproducers Les Festivals de Wallonie, Opéra de Lille, Concertgebouw Brugge and Het Laatste Bedrijf
  • With the support of La Maison qui Chante, Flanders, the Government of Quebec, and the European Union’s “Creative Europe” program.
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