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Marilyn Forever

A chamber opera by Gavin Bryars /
Gavin Bryars in Residence


Studio 520 - ABC Collinswood Centre


Fri 27 Feb, 7pm / Sat 28 Feb, 8pm / Sun 1 Mar, 6pm

1hr 30min / No Interval


Adult $69 / Friends $59 / Concession $55 / Under 30 $30

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United Kingdom + Canada / Australian Premiere, Exclusive to Adelaide

Aventa Ensemble

Sex object, victim or fantasy, Marilyn Monroe is known by all and understood by few. Framed by the intimate staging of a chamber opera and told through Monroe’s own voice and those of the men who surrounded her, Marilyn Forever chronicles a life committed to the pursuit of beauty and love in a world without values. In collaboration with writer/poet Marilyn Bowering and Aventa Ensemble, this moving narrative reveals the innate sensitivity and burning ambition of a timeless Hollywood personality.

As prolific performer, accomplished bassist and pioneer of free improvisation, Gavin Bryars is recognised as one of Britain’s most important post-minimalist composers. From early collaborations with John Cage and Cornelius Cardew and with an interest in unorthodox collaborations, his repertoire of provocative works includes compositions for Merce Cunningham, William Forsythe, Hilliard Ensemble and the late Charlie Haden. Here, Bryars curates, performs and conducts from his extensive catalogue for this special ‘in residence’ series.

Hear what Artistic Director David Sefton has to say about Gavin Bryars in Residence:


COMPOSER Gavin Bryars LIBRETTIST Marilyn Bowering DIRECTOR Joel Ivany CONDUCTOR Bill Linwood MARILYN Anne Grimm THE MEN Richard Morris SET AND COSTUME DESIGN Camellia Koo LIGHTING DESIGN Kevin Lamotte PRODUCED BY Aventa Ensemble

Presented with the assistance of Canada Council for the Arts and British Columbia Arts Council

PHOTO 1 Denise Burt PHOTO 3 Zaleski Enterprises