Against the Grain Theatre to Stream ‘Messiah / Complex’ This Holiday Season

By David Salazar

Against the Grain Theatre has announced that it will be bringing back its famed recording of “Messiah/Complex” for the holiday season.

The unique arrangement of the timeless masterpiece will start streaming on AtG TV on Dec. 12, 2021, and will be made available until Jan. 9, 2022. The work is co-directed by Joel Ivany and Reneltta Arluk and features 12 soloists and four choirs. The work is presented in a wide array of languages including Arabic, Dene, English, French, Inuktitut, and Southern Tutchone. Johannes Debus leads the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Additionally, the company will partner with Opera Inreach to offer two school choirs across Canada the opportunity to star in a professional music video for the Hallelujah Chorus which will premiere alongside the “Messiah / Complex.”

“Messiah /Complex’ became a work of art that showed how artists have been courageous, determined, and innovative in telling their stories and connecting with people around the globe through digital technology. We’re excited to share it again for free, as our gift to you.” Joel Ivany, Founding Artistic Director of AtG, stated in a press release.