HFVS Giveaway: (Tickets) Victoria Chaplin’s “Aurélia’s Oratorio” at the Calvin Theater


Unforgettable, beautiful, and unlike anything seen since the heyday of Harry Houdini." - Londonmonthly.com

Victoria Chaplin’s
Aurélia’s Oratorio

At the Calvin Theatre
in Northampton, MA

July 17th @ 7pm
July 18th @ 2pm & 7pm

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance for three different families to win 4 free tickets to see Victoria Chaplin’s internationally acclaimed theatrical creation, Aurélia’s Oratorio. A family pack of four tickets are being offered for each of the three performances.  Find out how to enter to win below.


"Fluid, sensual and stylishly surreal surprises... and topsy-turvy transformations." - The Times

Aurélia’s Oratorio, is a breathtaking and mind-bending theatrical performance that combines circus arts, physical theater, and visual illusion for the whole family. Framed within its lush red velvet curtains, the show includes music hall comedy, vaudeville, clowning, and acrobatics to create an enchanting and surreal dreamscape. In Aurelia’s captivating world, anything is possible. A kite flies a person instead of a person flying a kite. A young woman pops out of bedroom bureau drawers and puppets perform a show—for other puppets.

Show creator Victoria Chaplin has broken new ground in a comic tradition rooted in her own world-famous family. Along the way, she has developed an international reputation as a pioneer in Cirque Nouveau, a theatrical kind of circus that uses no animals or traditional clowns. In their place, Chaplin and her husband and partner Jean Baptiste Thierrée have developed a rich spectacle using theatrical settings, inventive costumes and props, and extravagant acrobatics – where audiences are invited to enter magical worlds of the imagination. This new circus form, that Chaplin has helped to pioneer during the past quarter century is what has made Quebec’s Cirque du Soleil the most popular theater in North America.

Aurélia’s Oratorio is not as huge and sprawling as Cirque du Soleil. But in its human scale, it achieves a rare intimacy and transcendence—where small moments resonate and last in our thoughts and memory. Indeed, reviewing the show for Edge Boston, critic Kilian Melloy wrote, “There’s so much going on here at every moment that Aurélia’s Oratorio is akin to living inside a glass of champagne: for an hour and a half, reality itself seems effervescent.”


Aurélia’s Oratorio played for five weeks last December to sold-out houses and rave reviews at the American Repertory Theater (ART) in Cambridge, MA (see video above). Unable to fulfill the audience demand and ecstatic word-of-mouth, A.R.T. has booked a rare return engagement–another two-week run that will play after the Calvin’s Northampton date. The A.R.T. engagement was made possible when the City of Burlington, Vermont negotiated with Aurelia’s European producers to bring the troupe (and its two tons of stage gear) back to the U.S. from their tour of Europe and Russia—to perform as the keynote event representing France at Burlington’s 400th anniversary festival celebrating the 1609 lake expedition of Samuel de Champlain, the first European to visit the region. The Northampton presentation of Aurélia’s Oratorio is being made possible with support from the Burlington Festival.


Your chance to win a family 4-pack of free tickets to see Victoria Chaplin’s Aurélia’s Oratorio is as easy as 1-2-3 (4-5-6)!  To win simply:

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) PLEASE include your town and state to be eligible.
  4. We are offering a family 4-pack of tickets for each evening, so be sure to tell us which show you prefer to see to be eligible to win: (Friday (07/17) @ 7pm, Saturday (07/18/09) @ 2pm or 7pm.).
  5. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  6. We’ll randomly draw 3 winners, one winner for each scheduled performance, and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 07/15/09 @ 7pm (EST).

If you don’t win you should still go! Tickets for “Aurelia’s Oratorio” are available at the Northampton Box office, online at IHEG.com or by calling 413-586-8686.

14 Comments on “HFVS Giveaway: (Tickets) Victoria Chaplin’s “Aurélia’s Oratorio” at the Calvin Theater

  1. We would like to see this show on Saturday evening. I love any show that brings me into a world of fantasy and absurdity, built on human ingenuity, artistry and devoid of LAUGH TRACKS!!! Transport me to another universe, please!!!

  2. So, cancel that! Guess we’ll just set up some red velvet curtains in the backyard and serve up some champagne and seltzer…D

  3. Would love to have my two pre-gymnasts see this show. Plus, living inside a glass of champagne for a bit sounds good to me! Would prefer the Sat. at 2 p.m but could do any. Merci, Deborah

  4. Bad news folks …

    This just in from IHEG:

    !!*Cancelled*!! Friday, July 17th, 7 pm – Headliner(s): Aurelia’s Oratorio – !!*Cancelled*!!
    We’re very sorry to report that the Northampton shows have been cancelled. Refunds will be credited automatically. Anyone who is interested in seeing the show at A.R.T. in Cambridge from 7/22- 8/2 can get 1/2 price tix through 7/15 by calling 617.547.8300 or online at http://www.amrep.org/aurelia/summer.html

    !!*Cancelled*!! Saturday, July 18th, 2 pm & 7 pm – Headliner(s): Aurelia’s Oratorio – $ !!*Cancelled*!!


  5. Superb! Sign us up. We’d go anyway.
    Greenfield, MA
    7pm on Friday, 7/17, please.

  6. Amazing! We’d love to go!

  7. Saturday show, 7/18 @ 2pm, ideally.

    Sue Michalski
    Easthampton MA

  8. It would be so exciting to take our son to this!

    Erin Newman-Long
    Holyoke, MA
    Sat. 7/18/09 at 2pm
    (see above for email)

  9. We’re from Florence, Mass., and our family would love to be eligible to win tickets to the 2 pm show on 7/18. Thank you!

  10. What a terrific opportunity for more people in New England to see this fantastic company! Preferences are for Friday evening or the Saturday matinee.

    Wethersfield, Connecticut

  11. Include us, too! Floreses from chesterfield, ma. 7/17 is best, but we can do any…

  12. I would love an opportunity to see this show & could be available for any of the three performances. Wow! what a wonderful opportunity!

  13. This looks amazing!The Westburg Family of Williamsburg, Ma. would love to go on 7/18 @ 7:00

  14. We would love to go.
    Erin O’Donnell
    Haydenville, MA
    Friday 7/17 is our preference.

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