‘If Music Be the Food of Love…’

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What happens when playwright William Shakespeare meets composer William Byrd? This is the question Bajoy poses in her original play set in 1600 in the Globe Theatre. Shakespeare is plagued by writing problems and an unruly apprentice who refuses to take stage directions until Byrd finds some musical solutions. The show will be performed in Avilion’s version of The Globe Theatre on the upper ACT stage on Sunday, January 29th at 1 pm.

Avilion Harvest Arts Festival Begins!

The Avilion Harvest Arts Festival

Friday Sept 16 t0 Sunday Sept 18

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Read more about it here: Second Life Destinations

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The Avilion Bards Anthology

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The Avilion Bards Anthology, entitled ‘Those Who Have Wings,’ will be launched at the Avilion Harvest Arts Festival.
The Anthology, which features poems from some of our Bards and is beautifully illustrated by Pipit Peacedream, will be free to all who would like to take a copy at the launch event on Friday16th and afterwards at The Bards Tent.
This illustration gives you a sneak preview of Pipits wonderful work
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Avilion Arts Festival Performances by ACT and the Fandangos

The Avilion Arts Festival, that runs from September 16th through the 18th, will feature four ACT productions and a new Fandangos show.

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Encore Productions include:

’Dance-a-long’ that is an audience-participation show designed by Bajoy tracing the development of popular dance;

’Missing Pieces’ by Villede Carter that features his original poetry accompanied by songs and dances; and

‘The Unicorn Tapestries’ created by Bajoy that recounts the story of ‘The Lady and the Unicorn’ tapestries now hanging in the Cluny Museum in Paris.

New Productions

ACT also features the premiere of Moon Aerandir’s new theatre work, ‘The Strange but Fortunate Tale of Padstow Jack’ that weaves a poignant yet hopeful story from a mermaid’s monologue and toe-tapping folk tunes.

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The Fandangos, led by choreographer Moon Aerandir, present a thought-provoking new work, entitled, ‘Circus of Dreams.’ If it were literature it would be
‘mystical realism,’ if it were an art work you might associate it with surrealism or even Da Da, if it were a theatre piece it might bring to mind ‘commedia ‘dell arte’ or even ‘ theatre of the absurd.’ In short, this innovative dance work defies definition, but is a feast for the eyes with choreography that delights, costumes that enchant, and tunes that leave you wanting more from this energetic new Avilion dance company.

Schedule for ACT and Fandangos events:
‘Missing Pieces’
Friday, September 16th at 3:30 p.m.
(ACT Main Stage)

‘Dance-a-long’
Saturday, September 17th at 11 am
(ACT Lower Stage)

‘The Strange but Fortunate Tale of Padstow Jack’
Saturday, September 17th at 1 pm
(ACT above Upper Stage)

‘Circus of Dreams’
Sunday, September 18th, 12 noon
(ACT Lower Stage)

‘The Unicorn Tapestries’
Sunday, September 18th, 12:30 p.m. (following the Fandangos performance)
(ACT Lower Stage)
We hope you can attend these performances and all the other art events scheduled for the Festival.

‘La Serva Padrona’

ACT and Rocca Sorrentina Players are presenting an Opera Buffa by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi.  The show tells the story of a maidservant named Serpina who ends up marrying the master, Uberto, through her cunning and charm.  You are invited to attend to see Pergolesi’s enchanting opera in performance.  The final show is at the ACT stage on Sunday, August 14th at 12 noon.  The teleport to the stage is available from the ACT Gatehouse 1/2 hour before the performance.La Serva  Padrona composite

‘La Serva Padrona’

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This comic opera by early 18th century composer, Giovanni Battista Perlogesi, is a joint production between ACT and Rocca Sorrentina players. The opera will be presented in Rocca Sorrentina on Saturday, August 13th at 12 noon and in Avilion on Sunday, August 14th at 12 noon.

About the opera:

One of the most successful comic stage works of the entire eighteenth century, Pergolesi’s intermezzo La Serva Padrona was first produced in Naples at the San Bartolomeo theater on September 5, 1733. The function of such works was to serve as an entr’acte piece between the acts of a substantial opera seria — in this instance Pergolesi’s own Il prigioniero superbo, a work subsequently eclipsed by the fame of the intermezzo.

Uberto played by Mercury

Uberto played by Mercury Gandt

The action of this short opera focuses on Uberto, an older wealthy bachelor, and his maidservant Serpina, who is used to getting her way in the household. Serpina wishes to marry Uberto. Through trickery involving the help of Uberto’s mute manservant, Vespone, Serpina eventually manages to get Uberto to see that he is in love with her, and he agrees to marry her. What the opera lacks in “plot” it more than makes up for with glorious music. [Description written by Sere]

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Serpina played by Virginia

Vespone, the servant who masquerades as Serpina’s suitor, is played by Sister.

Sister as Vespone in disguiserev

Vespone in disguise played by Sister

The opera is produced by Sere, who also is the Translator-narrator, providing translations of the Italian into English during the performance.

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Producer and Translator-narrator (Sere)

The conductor of the orchestra is Aldo Stern, who also plays the harpsichord.

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The Orchestra Conductor (Aldo Stern)

Bajoy is the director, and also has developed the choreography for the opera.

We hope you will be able to join us for this new venture for ACT and Rocca Sorrentina Players.