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Songs for a Lost Pod

Showing on Feb 2-3

Playing at ANNEX

Leah Abramson (Vancouver)

This nine-song cycle makes spectacular use of orca vocalizations, transforming them into rhythmic beats in a musical exploration of historical trauma, environmental crisis, and communication between species. Leah Abramson first composed Songs for a Lost Pod as an EP, combining scientific research, marine history, and recordings of killer whales—in particular, the A5 pod which dwells in the Pacific Northwest. The work has been transformed for the stage, and now features live narration, six vocalists, and a five-piece band, as well as shadow puppetry and projections by visual artists Mind of a Snail. 

Thematically expansive and deeply political, Abramson’s show radiates compassion for orcas, who have suffered from pollution, capture, and inhuman treatment. Branching out from that history, she incorporates the story of her own family’s plight during and after the Holocaust. Musically innovative, gently lyrical, and profoundly moving, this is musical theatre at its most creative.

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Artist Bio

Leah Abramson

Vancouver’s own Leah Abramson is a singer, songwriter, and composer who has released four albums of original music and performed around the globe. Leah holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, with a focus on lyrics, from UBC; she has also studied classical music and traditional Appalachian balladry. 

Venue

ANNEX

823 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC

Showtimes

  • February 2 at 7:30
  • February 3 at 7:30

Tickets

Single Tickets: $39

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Access

Low Vision Friendly / Introduction will be available in January

The visual story for this show will be available in January.

Credits

Script Leah Abramson Music and Lyrics Leah Abramson in collaboration with Antoine Bédard, J.J. Ipsen, Andrew Lee, Aidan O’Rourke, Sandro Perri, Arliss Renwick, Marten Timan Creators and Producers Leah Abramson, Mind of a Snail, Megan Stewart, Joanna Dundas  Director & Dramaturge Megan Stewart  Visuals Mind of a Snail  Narrator Barbara Adler  Band Meredith Bates (violin), Mark Beaty (cello/bass), Cole Schmidt (guitar), Morgan McDonald (keyboards), Kyle Cashen (drums/ percussion/samples)  Choir Emily Cheung, Robyn Jacob, Emma Postl, Alex Scott, Emily Millard, Shannon Scott  Live Sound Andrew Smith  Lighting Design Kyla Gardiner  Production Manager Joanna Dundas  Technical Director & Assistant Production Manager Nicole Lamb  Stage Manager Evan Ren

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