Free as the Wind – Original Choral Theatre

FatW Poster FinalThe Xara Youth Ensemble is presenting their new performance piece Free as the Wind, based on the book of the same name by ecologist and author Jamie Bastedo and Halifax artist Susan Tooke.  Set in 1960s Nova Scotia, Free as the Wind is a story of nature, activism, and the power of one person to make a difference.

When the Canadian government decides to auction off wild Sable Island horses, many of them destined to be dog food, Canadian children write letters pleading with politicians to save them.  Free as the Wind follows several young women as they rally their communities to take action and free the horses. Bastedo and Tooke’s story will be interwoven with beautiful choral music, choreography, and lighting to create a new adaptation of this story of strength, beauty, and change.

The premiere will take place on June 7th at Bethany United Church, 7171 Clinton Ave, Halifax, Nova Scotia at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased through their website or by calling 902.223.7828.

In addition, Free as the Wind will be touring across Nova Scotia, as part of a “double-bill” with the Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble (XCTE) show Waiting on the Eastern Line. Performances will take place on June 8th at Musquodoboit Valley Bicentennial Theatre, June 13th at The Astor Theatre in Liverpool, and June 28th at King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal. Tour tickets should be purchased directly from each theatre.

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