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"Elsewhere", de Miroirs Étendus
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On tour in Ireland with Miroirs Étendus and "Elsewhere"

With Elsewhere, the Miroirs Étendus company presents its latest operatic creation with the true story of the first Soviet outside the USSR. With a modern aesthetic inspired by contemporary theatre, the opera adapts Michael Gallen's striking libretto, co-written with poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin and the playwright Carys D Coburn. Elsewhere is on tour throughout Ireland in April, supported by the IF Export programme

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A contemporary creative company

Located in Hauts-de-France, Miroirs Étendus is a company based around a contemporary interpretation of opera. It is led by an artistic committee composed of Fiona Monbet, Romain Louveau, Othman Louati and Emmanuel Quinchez. With a musical ensemble that writes and performs operas as well as concerts, it works with artists from all fields of creation. Through its projects, the Miroirs Étendus company revisits repertoires from classical composers to contemporary creation with a mix of acoustic and electronic music. 

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A utopian ode

Based on the true history of the first Soviet outside the USSR, Elsewhere is set in 1919 in the Monaghan Asylum, located on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. Written by Michael Gallen, the opera evokes themes of utopia, fantasy and madness, while exploring different worlds, real and imaginary. Narrated from a patient's point of view, it balances the story between rationality and irrationality, while asking questions about limits, transgression and confinement. 

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A powerful blend of past and future

In Elsewhere, the score alternates between dialect and singing to achieve a delicate introspection, without forgetting the energy of revolt. Reminiscent of Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss and Peter Brook, the opera addresses themes of freedom, care and mental illness, in an exploration of the imaginary future of a forgotten past. Despite a difficult subject, it does not hesitate to add moments of comedy, supported by a set design that allows the video and powerful voices of the passionate choir stand out. 

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Opera on tour in Ireland

First performed at the Abbey Theatre on 15 November 2021 and nominated for two Irish Times Theatre Awards, Elsewhere embarks on a national tour in April 2024. Supported by the Institut français, the opera is presented at the O'Reilly Theatre in Dublin on 8 and 9 April. On 12 April 2024, it travels to Castleblayney, followed by the Cork Opera House 16 April and the Town Hall Theatre in Galway on 24 April 2024.