Le Cyc: Graphic Novel Bicycle Opera

Oppressed much?

I’m bummed that I didn’t catch this earlier.  Le Cyc sounds like a really cool show.  It’s a multi-media graphic novel opera, staged by a group of musicians who got the idea during a cross-Canada bicycle trip. More specifically,

Le Cyc is the story of a surreal bike-powered world where themes of power imbalance and popular revolution collide with carnivalesque images of dictators whose smart-talking parrots perch on impossibly long mustaches. The hour long multimedia program combines dark humour and political satire in a compelling story that raises questions about how power is peddled in society.The project is a collaborative multimedia spectacle combining graphic novel style illustrations that are projected with a live musical narrative by an ecclectic and original 6-piece orchestra. Nearly 400 hand-painted images by visual artist David Willekes depict the gruesome and whimsical tale of Le Cyc. These images, in the somber tones of Willekes’ chosen media, weak coffee and day-old wine, artistically portray the emotive struggles of individuals who stand up against totalitarianism.

The show just got a great review in The Ontarion, but it looks like future shows will be few and far between. However, a limited run DVD release is planned for the Spring, 2010.

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