Calamity / Billy

A musictheatreproject about two mythical characters from the American West: Calamity Jane and Billy the Kid.

Calamity/Billy is built around two mythical figures of the American west, Calamity Jane and Billy the Kid. This two-part program involves pairing two written works and two composers to give an intimate, secret and murmured view of these two famous outlaws. The first part is a short piece by the American composer Ben Johnston, Calamity Jane to Her Daughter. The second part is a commission to the English composer Gavin Bryars on Michael Ondaatje’s The Collected Works of Billy the Kid.

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Muziektheater Transparant, Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse and Théâtre de la Renaissance.
Coproduction: Operadagen Rotterdam, Concertgebouw Brugge, Les Percussions Claviers de Lyon and Maison de la Culture de Bourges.

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Armel Opera Festival (Budapest)
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Composition: Ben JohnstonGavin BryarsText: Michael OndaatjeMusical direction: Gérard LecointeDirection: Jean LacornerieScenography: Marc LainéStephan Zimmerli Vocals: Claron McFaddenBertrand BelinEnsemble: Percussions Claviers de Lyon