Parlando: The COC Blog

3/14/2012

Tales for Hoffmann

What do reluctant animal lovers, credit card applications in the Caribbean, and plantar warts have in common? They’re all ripe subjects for a good story.

Stories are the backbone of our next COC production, Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann. In the opera, the poet E. T. A. Hoffmann recounts his tales of love and inspiration to his fellow bar patrons in a Gothic-Romantic setting worthy of a Tim Burton film.

Toronto’s storytelling community is thriving, most notably because of Raconteurs, who organize a monthly storytelling night at No One Writes to the Colonel (the bar is named after another famous author’s book. The author? Gabriel García Márquez). On every second Wednesday of the month, patrons are invited to come with their stories, based around a theme for the evening. Some are funny, some are poignant. All of them are entertaining.

We’ve teamed up with Raconteurs to host two special nights of storytelling based on The Tales of Hoffmann. This evening’s theme is “Love Lost.” Tomorrow night you’ll catch stories inspired by “The Muse.” Both evenings are sold out online, but if you wish to come there may be a few tickets left at the door.

Join us at The Colonel (as it’s fondly known to the locals) at 460 College St, just west of Bathurst. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. both tonight and tomorrow night but come earlier to grab one of the few remaining tickets!

If you can’t make it, we’ll post a few of the photos and videos from the night next week.

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001