Adoration, 2024

Direction and video design by Laine Rettmer.

Adoration was an operatic adaptation of the film by the same name, by Atom Egoyan from 2008. The weaving narrative follows the actual and imagined events of Simon, a mixed-race child growing up in post-9/11 Canada, and his internalized perceptions of his own White and Arab identities in relation to his mother and father. The underlying message of Adoration is the hope and possibility of connection that challenges prejudice. The work portrays characters eschewing notions of an “other.” The work will be remounted in February 2025 by LA Opera.

Link to Operawire Review