IN COLLABORATION WITH
FLIPSIDE OPERA & ART SONG COLLECTIVE
LIMITED PRIVATE SCREENING:
friday, november 19, 2021 | 7pm
LITTLE BROWN JUG
336 WILLIAM AVENUE
In 1914, the crime-ridden life of “Bloody” Jack Krafchenko culminated in his death by hanging at Winnipeg’s Vaughan Street Jail. The charismatic, remorseless Krafchenko led an eventful life of bank robberies, escapes, and running from the law. This fascinating character of Manitoba history is explored in Michael Matthews & Dennis Cooley’s new song cycle Bloody Jack, presented by Flipside Opera & Art Song Collective and Groundswell. In a world premiere performance captured by director and videographer Aidan Ritchie, Dawn Bruch-Wiens and Laura Loewen will present five songs of the cycle, interwoven with historical, archival, and artistic discussions with historian Kristen Treusch, Matthews, and Cooley. A collage of voices from Krafchenko’s life combine with the sights and sounds of a raw prairie winter to create a sound experience like no other.