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OPERA NORTH: FOAIE VERDE
Violinist Joe Townsend, award-winning photographer Dominick Tyler and Romanian singer Dana Codorean-Berciu join forces with the musicians of Opera North to create an extraordinary musical and visual journey across Romania. Foaie Verde is a journey into the doina – the lyrical song form of Transylvania which expresses melancholy and eroticism as well as the hardships of peasant life. Rhythmically free, highly improvised and oriental in harmony, the doina occupies a similar place to that held by the Blues in the USA. Its spiritual home is the town of Gherla, Codorean’s birthplace and the inspiration for Townsend and Tyler. ‘exquisitely done…a little gem of an evening’ The Yorkshire Post on Opera North’s last music and film project, Tango Apasionado. In 2003 Dominick Tyler’s work documenting a community of indigenous Innu in Canada won second prize in the Observer Hodge award.