A musical journey for kids told through Claude Debussy's children's ballet The Toybox. Open their eyes and capture their imagination as we reveal all the secrets of the toybox. They dance, they play. They are naughty and nice. They fight a battle, but still they live ever after in the toybox. From Sydney ensemble Thoroughbass, this 2018 interpretation of the 1919 ballet is a magical entrée to one of the most influential French composers of all time. Inviting little bodies with big imaginations to join us in the round on the floor, and get up close to some of the earliest musical instruments. (Fixed seating for parents and grandparents) Suitable for ages 4+
Director Diana Weston Diana is a harpsichordist and founder and director of the early music ensemble Thoroughbass. The group explores and performs both early and contemporary music using period instruments. Diana is also interested in the interconnections between music and other art-forms. Projects along these lines have linked music with poetry, dance and children’s books (Cock Crow, The Toybox, Magpie Baby). For larger productions and operatic works Diana has acted as music director and co-producer for Ondine Productions (F. Caccini/Alcina, Glass/Akhnaten). Diana has commissioned many new works by Australian composers and recorded them under the Wirripang label. CDs include Flying West, The Birch Tree and Lady Huang’s Album, many tracks of which have been aired by Fine Music Radio FM 102.5 and ABC Radio. Currently, Diana is associated with internationally acclaimed early keyboardist Dr Michael Tsalka in both Australia and Europe where they have given concerts together, the latter as part of the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival. Several new works have been dedicated to the duo. In 2019 Diana participates in the development and performance of In Perpetuity – a theatrical production with Melbourne theatre-maker Kate Hunter.