Operatic Revolution

The Lemon Bucket Orkestra issues a call to arms.



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Canada’s favorite (and possibly only) “Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-party-punk-super band,” the Lemon Bucket Orkestra, takes to the stage at Oakland’s Metro Operahouse with this post-modern multimedia completely immersive opera … experience.

Bored with the usual opera experience of sitting politely and squinting through tiny binoculars? Counting Sheep — A Guerrilla Folk Opera, Lemon Bucket Orkestra’s immersive and interactive Ukrainian folk-opera, promises a completely participatory ride, where the audience gets to sing, dance, and even throw massive foam bricks at the stage. It’s all part of the band’s retelling of the 2014 Maidan Revolution in Ukraine. Lemon Bucket founder Mark Marczyk happened to be in Kiev that year, when protesters and police clashed in the streets of the capital and unrest finally resulted in the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych.

Making use of traditional Ukrainian musical techniques and authentic firsthand video footage shot on the ground during the revolution itself, this production invites its audience to become part of a unique and unprecedented moment in history.

Feb. 16, 8 p.m., Feb, 17, 2 and 8 p.m., and Feb. 18, 3 p.m. Tickets start at $58. Oakland Metro Operahouse, 522 Second St., Oakland, CalPerformances.org

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