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Pandora, Le Gateau Chocolat’s at The Lowry

25 November 2022 to 26 November 2022 The Lowery

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The Lowry, Salford, has announced the world premiere of its commission of Pandora, Le Gateau Chocolat’s operatic exploration of identity and trauma based on Pandora’s myth. Pandora is conceived by and starring leading drag and contemporary opera performer Le Gateau Chocolat and will be their biggest solo show to date!

The legend of Pandora comes from Greek mythology; the story of the first woman on earth whose act of opening a forbidden box results in the unleashing of all the world’s evils, leaving behind only the small but bright glimmer of hope. When Le Gateau Chocolat opens the modern equivalent, what concealed traumas, what contaminants, what afflictions will he discover?

Through this roof-lifting blend of entertainment and tender-hearted insight, Gateau reinterprets the age-old story, examining how a loss of innocence and the discovery of painful truth forces us to evolve, develop and ultimately survive. Pandora sees the multi-talented performer joined onstage with a 16-piece orchestra from Manchester Camerata with a score sampling textures from the classical and operatic world, original compositions and the world’s biggest pop stars.

Le Gateau Chocolat says: “Four years have passed since I wrote this. The irony and parallels between the Pandora myth and the world altering event we’ve all just experienced is not lost on me. The pandemic robbed us of many things; most pertinently, of any agency in who we were/are all forced to become. I am most definitely not the same person. For me, the most intriguing aspect of Pandora’s lore are the contaminants released from her jar and the trauma of it opening. Are we poisoned or enriched by its content? What and who we are forced to become. Do we have any agency in this?

I am thrilled and honoured that our friends and Commissioning partners at The Lowry have held the space and support for us to finally complete this world premiere performance in November, and tremendously excited to be performing with the Manchester Camerata for the first time. I can’t wait to release our PANDORA to the world.”

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Conceived and performed by- Le Gateau Chocolat
Composer and musical director- David Shrubsole
Co-writer and dramaturg -Tommy Bradson
Designer-Tom Scutt
Movement director - Ingrid Mackinnon
Commissioned by The Lowry (Salford) 
 
 
Further Information: Theatre, Exhibitions & Events | Greater Manchester | The Lowry
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