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Tam Lin and Firebird

Oct 31 | Sun |
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5BMF’s 15th Anniversary season continues with a special co-production with THE MUSE: a thrilling double feature of Elliot Cole and Fiona Gillespie’s new folk-rock cantata Tam Lin and a new choreography of Stravinsky’s The Firebird by ABCirque and Next Realm Productions.

Tam Lin is a modern adaptation of a famed 18th-century Scottish ballad and fairy tale – a story of transformation and love – set here as a musical drama weaving traditional Celtic, medieval, and modern musical styles and instruments.

Performed by the new all-star ensemble Makaris – comprised of members of ensembles including ACRONYM, Alkemie, the Chivalrous Crickets, and Oracle Hysterical – Tam Lin‘s story is set on All Hallow’s Eve, making a most serendipitous premiere on October 31st! The concert will also celebrate the album release of Makaris’ new recording of Tam Lin.

Part two of the double bill is a new adaptation for dancers and acrobats of Stravinsky’s The Firebird, presented under the Creative Direction of Cynthia Dragoni (Next Realm Productions) and the Cirque Direction of Angela Buccinni Butch (The Muse Brooklyn / ABCirque). ⁠The Firebird tells the story of Prince Ivan, who spares the life of the titular creature while hunting in the forest, then receives her aid in vanquishing the evil Koschei the Immortal.

These two stories, of mythical creatures and of the struggles to lift curses, couldn’t be a more perfect pairing on a Hallowe’en afternoon, in a presentation designed to be friendly for families and for all those with a still-keen sense of wonder.


Performance venue is a large warehouse, approximately 2.5 storeys tall with two large garage doors that will be kept open for the duration of the performances for improved air flow. Weather permitting, the Tam Lin portion of the program will be performed in The Muse’s outdoor courtyard.

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Venue: The Muse

350 Moffat St. Map