Composed by Abigail Richardson & Written by Marjorie Chan
Directed by Lynda Hill
Music Direction by Reza Jacobs
Original Set and Costume Design by Kelly Wolf
Lighting Design by Michelle Ramsay
Choreography by Viv Moore
For all audiences
Inspired by a true story, Sanctuary Song tells a story from the point of view of Sydney, an Asian elephant and the remarkable 22-year friendship with her keeper who leads her to sanctuary in Tennessee. Along the journey, her memories of childhood in the jungle, circus life and her solitary days in the zoo come alive through the emotional power of opera, evocative dance and stunning design.
Originally commissioned by Theatre Direct & developed and premiered in 2008 partnership with Tapestry New Opera Works and The Luminato Festival of Arts and Creativity.
2008 Premier, Luminato Festival, Berkeley Street Theatre
2012 Theatre Direct’s Wychwood Theatre
2013 National Arts Centre, Studio
Winner of Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Opera 2009
Winner of Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance, Xin Wang, 2012