Monday, November 2, 2009

The Turn of The Screw (Toronto) - Ends Nov 7

This season DVxT creates a site-specific performance of Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw, a hauntingly beautiful glimpse into the ultimate source of evil: the human mind.

A young governess journeys to an isolated English country estate to care for two recently orphaned children. Once there, she begins to see and hear strange things. She learns that her predecessor Miss Jessel died under curious circumstances. Gradually, she becomes convinced that Miss Jessel and her mysteriously departed lover Quint are somehow using the children to continue their relationship from beyond the grave.

What begins as a ghost story quickly becomes a tale of psychological panic; the governess struggles, and ultimately fails, to protect the children from the corruption that only she can sense. In The Turn of the Screw, video projections, sound and music meet candlelight, fusing historic and contemporary detail and creating a ghostly new reality.

Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen Street West (at Osgoode Subway Station).

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