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Jesse – An ASL Opera

Inside Out Theatre

A workshop performance currently in development. The event is by donation.

What happens when you combine American Sign Language and Opera? A bold artistic practice. The second phase of the Deaf-led ASL opera is being developed in Calgary, Alberta presented by Inside Out Theatre. Deaf playwright and performer, Landon Krentz. The new work challenges social and artistic practices by integrating sign language into the DNA of the opera. The result: a unique performance to experience the rhythmic and expression of American Sign Language and opera. A workshop performance newly forged intersection between Deaf theatre and opera.

Landon Krentz will present Jesse: An ASL Opera in an experiment performance on February 1st. The workshop will showcase excerpts from the new ASL opera and introduce its creators and their working process. This second phase in development are guided by two Signed Opera pioneers from Finland, Dawn Jani Birley and Marianne Aro. Two of the most prominent Deaf artists.

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Jesse: An ASL Opera Creative Team
Marianne Aro, Director (Teatteri Totti)
Dawn Jani Birley, Assistant Director & ASL Coach
Landon Krentz, ASL / English Libretto & Producer
Adam Pottle, ASL/English Transcriber
Inside Out Theatre, Presenter
re:Naissance Opera, Producer