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James Kudelka’s From the House of Mirth

Regent Park theatre remounts popular production

James Kudelka
From the House of Mirth, choreographed and directed by James Kudelka, is currently being remounted at Regent Park’s Citadel theatre.
 
The production — part opera, part ballet and part theatre — is based on Edith Wharton’s novel The House of Mirth and sold out when it was first mounted in May 2012.
 
“We call it a music, dance, theatre piece,” says Laurence Lemieux, co-founder of Coleman Lemieux Compagnie. “It’s really a mix of all these art forms.
 
“The seed is James’s, the choreographer, but he approached the work more as a theatre director.”
 
Kudelka, who was the artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada from 1996 to 2005, has been called one of Canada’s greatest choreographers. After his high-profile resignation from the National Ballet, he took a short break from the dance world. 
 
Now, three of Kudelka’s works are in the National Ballet’s 2013/14 season. And he will choreograph a new piece for the ballet’s innovation program.
 
From the House of Mirth runs Thursday, Feb 14 to Sunday, Feb 24. For those on tight budgets, there are a number of pay-what-you-can performances. 
 
The sublime costumes are designed by Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell of Hoax Couture.