Lemi Ponifasio is a Samoan artist, director, writer, choreographer, dancer, and designer, based in Auckland, New Zealand and founder and director of MAU, a global collaboration of artists and [...]
They spoke about it
It was a high-profile, big-time gamble. The gamble paid off.
— The Globe and Mail
A work of cultural heroism.
— National Post
The music came to its close. The brilliant conductor David Fallis lowered his hands. A silent hush fell over everyone. Just for a moment. It was as if we all had to take a collective in-and-out breath to honour what had just transpired.
— Wendalyn Bartley, The WholeNote
Monumental ★★★★. […] Essential for all lovers of choral and contemporary music.
— La Presse
The quality of the musical performance is outstanding.
— Ludwig van Toronto
The recording manages to capture the sheer scale of the production, giving a haunting image of space and scope
— La Scena Musicale
I wish I could have attended the performance in person, but the recording is a compelling document on which the imagination can build.
— Alex Ross, The Rest Is Noise
It echoes with the power of dark forces and the cataclysmic end of times, brilliantly articulated by the 12 choirs, the real heart and musical stars of the performance.
— Andrew Timar, The WholeNote
APOCALYPSIS: A MUSIC-THEATRE WORK
On June 26, 27, 28, 2015, at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, R. Murray Schafer’s Apocalypsis was performed in full, for the first time since its world premiere in 1980, under the direction of Lemi Ponifasio and the baton of Toronto conductor David Fallis, as part of Luminato Festival. Schafer’s epic musical voyage is in two parts: “Part One describes the destruction of the world and Part Two suggests the birth of the new universe.” In one of the largest performance events Canada has ever seen, Apocalypsis blended professional and amateur talents in a cast of almost one thousand singers, musicians, conductors, actors and dancers to create an unprecedented feast for the eyes, ears and soul.
R. Murray Schafer’s Apocalypsis
Part One: John’s Vision
Part Two: Credo
A Luminato Festival production