Photo by West Edge Opera

Bonjour M. Gauguin (2013)

Bonjour M. Gauguin

Directed and Choreographed by Yannis Adoniou 

Presented by: West Edge Opera in collaboration with KUNST-STOFF Dance Company and sfSound.  

Paul Gauguin. His life, his community, his struggles as an artist, taken from Paris to exotic Tahiti. Gauguin's own words are used as libretto with Carlone's beautiful music that evokes Debussy. Gauguin exists in a world of art where he communicates with his own inner voice, sung by soprano Shawnette Sulker.

Sung in French with English supertitles. Yannis Adoniou, Artistic Director of the KUNST-STOFF Contemporary Dance Company, will collaborate with Mark Streshinsky to tell Gauguin's story through movement set in an immersive projected world of Gauguin's art created by Jeremy Knight. Mary Chun conducts the musicians of sfSound.

Parental notice: This show is rated PG-13 for partial nudity during the scenes set in Tahiti.


The Cast

Paul Gauguin – Anders Froehlich
Gauguin's Inner Voice – Shawnette Sulker
1st narrator (Van Gogh, Tardieu, Le Curé, Mallarmé, Monet) – Keith Perry
2nd narrator (Camille Pissarro, Brunetière, Leclercq) – Paul Murray
3rd narrator (Lucien Pissarro, Teura, Dolen, Mette Gauguin) – Nicole Takesono
Dancers – Bruno Augusto, Kate Jordan, Calvin Hilpert, Katie Gaydos, Lindsey Renee Derry, Schuyler Wijsen


Conductor – Mary Chun
Stage Director – Yannis Adoniou
Dance Director – Yannis Adoniou
Advisor to the Director: Mark Streshinsky
Projection Design – Jeremy Knight
Lighting Design – Lucas Krech
Costume Design – Shannon Maxham
Stage Manager – Julie Chin
Company Music Director – Jonathan Khuner 

Bonjour M. Gauguin  American Premiere | Directed and Choreographed by Yannis Adoniou