The Ecstasy of Rita Joe- In Concert
In 1967 George Ryga’s searing drama, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, premiered at the Vancouver Playhouse and signaled a new era for Canadian theatre. His wrenching exploration of the Indigenous experience caused a national examination that continues to this day.
George Ryga wrote his masterpiece in Summerland, which went on to many productions in Canada and around the world. Now veteran Canadian composer Victor Davies has written an opera adapting The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, and we are creating a concert version especially for the Ryga Festival that will feature a cast of rising stars, accompanied by piano and local choir.