Never the Last

by Molly MacKinnon and Christine Quintana | A Theatre Passe Muraille presentation of a Delinquent Theatre Production.

a purple blue light projects onto the stage. Two women sits back to back on a chair in the centre of the stage. Dressed in formalwear suggestive of the last century. One is playing the violin, other speaks

Delinquent Theatre shines a spotlight on the fascinating composer from the last century, Sophie Carmen Eckhardt-Grammatté whose work was almost lost in the male-dominated classical music field, until she immigrated to Canada. Never the Last follows Sophie and her passionate relationship with the expressionist painter Walter Grammatté. The couple’s 10 years of marriage is marked by adventure, poverty, artistic strife and tragedy.

Woven with violin solo and original text, you are invited to witness the story of two artists in love, and the increasing space between them. 

Show Runs

April 8 to 16, 2023

Location

Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue) Mainspace Theatre

Tickets

Pay-What-You-Can-Afford

$10 | $30 | $60

Credits

Creators/performers
Christine Quintana
Molly MacKinnon
 
Director
Laura McLean
 
Choreographer
Kayla Dunbar
Lighting
Jill White
 
Set Design
Jenn Stewart
 
Projection Design
Joel Grinke
 
Costume Design
Carmen Alatorre
Sound Design
Nancy Tam
 
Production Manager/Technical Director
Jamie Sweeney
 
Stage Manager
Geoff Jones
Performers
Molly MacKinnon | The Violinist
Christine Quintana | Sonia
Amitai Marmorstein | Walter

Tickets & Show times

Never the last by Molly MacKinnon and Christine Quintana. A dark blue background shows 2 benches back to back.The artist Molly Mackinnon with red tied hair and wearing black and is sitting side view on one one of the benches and playing with her violin. The other bench is left centre of poster, lonely.

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A bit about Sophie Carmen Eckhardt-Grammatté

Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté (Sonia) lived a life life marked by poverty, migration, and ambition.

She was born in Moscow where her mother, a piano teacher, was abandoned by her father. In desperation, her mother left Sonia at an artist colony in the UK at age 2, and came back to get her at age 4 when she had become more financially stable. They moved to Paris, where she was admitted to the Paris Conservatoire at the age of eight, where she majored in piano and violin – exceptional for a girl of her age. By age eleven she had given her first concerts in Paris, Geneva, and Berlin, playing both instruments on the same program. The family’s subsequent move to Berlin left them homeless, until she managed to support the family by playing violin in a beer garden while working on her music career.

The last twenty one years of Sonia’s life were spent in Winnipeg, breaking new ground as a composer and pedagogue on the Canadian prairies. Her work catalogue of over 175 compositions (symphonic, chamber, violin, and piano) attests to the fiery, dynamic spirit of an artist, steeped in the romantic tradition, carving a path for herself in the remarkable musical terrain of the twentieth century. Now, she is remembered in Canada through the work of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation, and the national contest in her name that celebrates talented young musicians.

Production photos courtesy of Delinquent Theatre