Set & Costume Design for Opera, Treemonisha | 2019

Arkansas, 1884: the black community is free from the bonds of slavery, but true self-government has been hard to achieve. Superstition and fake news pervade the fractured community and it falls to the young heroine, Treemonisha, to speak truth to power and lead her elders towards enlightened thinking.

Written by ‘King of Ragtime’ Scott Joplin in 1911, and influenced by his own experience as a young African American during the Reconstruction period, Treemonisha was one of his proudest achievements – but he never saw it staged in his lifetime.

Spectra Ensemble returns to Grimeborn with this all-singing, all-dancing piece which fuses African-American spirituals, barbershop and early blues styles to create ‘an entirely new form of operatic art’.

“Tin Pan Alley meets Wagner in rare Scott Joplin outing.”    The Guardian

“Director Cecilia Stinton and set/costume designer Raphaé Memon succeed in creating a credible, somewhat homey – and homely – community, by means of a few wooden crates and a paper tree-sculpture.”    Opera Today

“An absolute winner…rises impressively to the high notes.”    The Stage

“Joplin created something that has more than a touch of Hamilton in the eclecticism of its inspiration and the musicality that informs every note…how I would love to see this production shown in schools, with just its informed wikipedia article as preliminary reading. Never in my lifetime have we needed to listen to Joplin’s message more urgently.”    Broadway World

Performances during Grimeborn Opera Festival 2019, from 27 – 31 August at Arcola Theatre, London.

Music Director | MATTHEW LYNCH

Director | CECILIA STINTON

Set & Costume Designer | RAPHAÉ MEMON

Lighting Designer | ALI HUNTER

Choreographer | ESTER RUDHART

Treemonisha - Scott Joplin - Grimeborn - Arcola - 27th August 2019 Director - Cecilia Stinton Music Director - Matthew Lynch Designer - Raphae Memon Lighting - Ali Hunter Movement - Caitlin Fretwell Walsh Treemonisha - Grace Nyaandoro Monisha - SamanthaTreemonisha - Scott Joplin - Grimeborn - Arcola - 27th August 2019 Director - Cecilia Stinton Music Director - Matthew Lynch Designer - Raphae Memon Lighting - Ali Hunter Movement - Caitlin Fretwell Walsh Treemonisha - Grace Nyaandoro Monisha - SamanthaTreemonisha - Scott Joplin - Grimeborn - Arcola - 27th August 2019 Director - Cecilia Stinton Music Director - Matthew Lynch Designer - Raphae Memon Lighting - Ali Hunter Movement - Caitlin Fretwell Walsh Treemonisha - Grace Nyaandoro Monisha - SamanthaTreemonisha - Scott Joplin - Grimeborn - Arcola - 27th August 2019 Director - Cecilia Stinton Music Director - Matthew Lynch Designer - Raphae Memon Lighting - Ali Hunter Movement - Caitlin Fretwell Walsh Treemonisha - Grace Nyaandoro Monisha - SamanthaTreemonisha - Scott Joplin - Grimeborn - Arcola - 27th August 2019 Director - Cecilia Stinton Music Director - Matthew Lynch Designer - Raphae Memon Lighting - Ali Hunter Movement - Caitlin Fretwell Walsh Treemonisha - Grace Nyaandoro Monisha - SamanthaTreemonisha - Scott Joplin - Grimeborn - Arcola - 27th August 2019 Director - Cecilia Stinton Music Director - Matthew Lynch Designer - Raphae Memon Lighting - Ali Hunter Movement - Caitlin Fretwell Walsh Treemonisha - Grace Nyaandoro Monisha - Samantha

Images © Robert Workman

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