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James Kudelka's From the House of Mirth

James Kudelka's From the House of Mirth

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Regent Park theatre remounts popular production
From the House of Mirth, choreographed and directed by James Kudelka, is currently being remounted at Regent Park’s Citadel theatre.
 
The production -- part opera, part ballet and part theatre -- is based on Edith Wharton’s novel The House of Mirth and sold out when it was first mounted in May 2012.
 
“We call it a music, dance, theatre piece,” says Laurence Lemieux, co-founder of Coleman Lemieux Compagnie. “It’s really a mix of all these art forms.
 
“The seed is James’s, the choreographer, but he approached the work more as a theatre director.”
 
Kudelka, who was the artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada from 1996 to 2005, has been called one of Canada’s greatest choreographers. After his high-profile resignation from the National Ballet, he took a short break from the dance world. 
 
Now, three of Kudelka’s works are in the National Ballet’s 2013/14 season. And he will choreograph a new piece for the ballet’s innovation program.
 
From the House of Mirth runs Thursday, Feb 14 to Sunday, Feb 24. For those on tight budgets, there are a number of pay-what-you-can performances. 
 
The sublime costumes are designed by Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell of Hoax Couture. 
 



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