Volcano is a Toronto-based live performance creation company. They work across borders of all kinds - national, disciplinary and cultural - to make art that is socially and politically current. Led by founding Artistic Director, Ross Manson, they assemble hand-picked artistic teams that bring together the best possible people to tell the most relevant stories they can find – stories that deal with race, politics, history – all the ingredients that make our time and place what it is. Volcano makes theatre that connects Canada to itself, and to the world.
Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha
Written in 1911 and reimagined for 2020, Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha begins with the final desperate act of an escaped slave: she hides her newborn daughter in an old tree, moments before she is shot and killed. This baby grows into a young woman who will change the course of her post-Civil War community. Her name is Treemonisha.
Featuring soprano Neema Bickersteth and an all-Black cast and chamber orchestra, Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha sees Joplin’s magnificent melodies orchestrated and arranged by Jessie Montgomery and Jannina Norpoth, with a new libretto by Leah-Simone Bowen.
Produced by Volcano Theatre with Moveable Beast. Co-commissioned by the National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Canada through the National Creation Fund; Stanford Live with the support of the Hewlett Foundation; Washington Performing Arts; the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; and Southbank Centre, London UK.
Treemonisha will premiere in April 2020.
More details here.