I love the zany minds at Toca Loca, not to mention their prodigious talent. Perhaps it is only because I am so active in Second Life that I draw parallels between the Barbie dolls of their upcoming “marionette opera” production and the Barbie doll-like avatars that are so prevalent in the current Metaverse.

Just as the press release for Toca Loca’s upcoming production states, there can be a dark side to the beautiful perfection and cheerleader smiles of avatars. The cruel side of human nature seems to feel free to be expressed at a safe remove from the real.

XXX Live Nude Girls


August 6th 4:30pm
August 8th 8:30pm
August 10th 6:30pm
August 12th 10:30pm
August 15th 6:30pm
August 16th 12:30pm

A Barbie Opera for the 21st Century!
Though partly inspired by the marionette operas of Mozart and Haydn, Jennifer Walshe’s XXX Live Nude Girls will never be seen at the Four Seasons Centre. Her gritty, lo-fi score drives this exposé into the shiny plastic world of Barbie.

Produced by Toca Loca and directed by Graham Cozzubbo in conjuction with the Summerworks Festival, XXX dispels the stereotype of boys making war while girls host garden parties. Truth is, when playing with Barbies, cruel abuses are often closer to the rule than the exception. Sometimes the sweet girls just ain’t that sweet.

Starring Patricia O’Callaghan, Christine Duncan, Ginette Mohr and Kate Fenton.

The Company
Graham Cozzubbo – Stage Director
Gregory Oh – Music Director
Jennifer Walshe – Composer
Lina Marquez – Costume Design
Yesim Tosuner – Graphic Design
Daryl Banks – Photographer
Ginette Mohr – Puppets
Kate Fenton – Puppets
Christine Duncan – Vocals
Patricia O’Callaghan – Vocals
Max Christie – Clarinets
Mary-Katherine Finch – Cello
John Lettieri – Accordion
Steve Ward – Trombone
Derick Greenly – Video/Tech
Callan Burgess – Video

Blog: xxxlivenudegirls.blogspot.com
Tickets: artsboxoffice.ca
Festival Info: summerworks.ca

Warning: Crude Language, Explicit Sexual Content, Sexual Violence and Doll Nudity. This show is not suitable for children.

Bread and Roses Life, L. Rogers

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