Luminato Announces its 2010 Theatre and Dance Program

Just got in this press release from Luminato, the Toronto festival for arts and creativity.

This year Luminato is June 11-20.

Complete 2010 Luminato theatre and dance programs:


Julia Domna – North American Premiere
Making their North American Premiere, Syria’s celebrated Enana Dance Theatre presents Julia
Domna. The daughter of a high priest and a diva in her own right, Julia Domna was the wife of
Roman Emperor Septimius Severus, and was widely believed to be the real power behind the
throne. She is also one of Syria’s most revered historical folk icons. Julia Domna uses traditional
Syrian dance to bring the story of one of ancient history’s most extraordinary women to life. Julia
Domna runs 80 minutes.
Friday, June 18 – Saturday, June 19 at the MacMillan Theatre
West Side Story Suite and Opus 19/The Dreamer with a new work by Jorma Elo – World
A thrilling triple bill celebrates the work of renowned American choreographer Jerome Robbins,
with a new work from Finland’s Jorma Elo. West Side Story Suite uses seven of the popular
song and dance numbers from the famous Broadway collaboration with Leonard Bernstein and
Stephen Sondheim. Opus 19/The Dreamer demonstrates the enormous range of choreographic
talent that Jerome Robbins possessed, and the dual European and American influences in his
work. Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo’s work is notable for its intricate fusion of the classical
and contemporary, as displayed in this world premiere, his first work for The National Ballet of
Canada. This program runs two hours.
June 4 – June 6, June 9 – June 13 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
$20 – $210.
Two Faced Bastard – Canadian Premiere
Two Faced Bastard defies traditional conventions by portraying two simultaneous shows on
either side of a slated curtain. The piece removes offstage space, with cast members exiting one
side of the stage, only to enter through the curtain to the other. A combination of modern dance,
and abstract movement, Two Faced Bastard creates two completely different viewing
experiences depending on what side of the stage an audience member is seated. The piece
plays on the notion of ‘us vs. them,’ as represented in the Festival’s east and west theme.
Arranged by award-winning choreographers Gideon Obarzanek and Lucy Guerin, Two Faced
Bastard is a production of Australia’s Chunky Move dance and theatre company and runs for 60
minutes with no intermission.
Friday, June 11 – Sunday, June 13 at the Imperial Oil Opera Theatre


The Africa Trilogy – World Premiere
A triple bill of new plays, The Africa Trilogy examines the complicated relationship existing
between Africa and the West. Inspired by the 2005 Massey Lectures by Stephen Lewis, The
Africa Trilogy explores the human reality of this complex global relationship from three distinct
points of view. The piece features a creative ensemble of three writers and three directors
spanning three continents. Directors Josette Bushell-Mingo, Ross Manson and Liesl Tommy,
along with playwrights Christina Anderson, Roland Schimmelpfennig, and Binyavanga Wainaina
draw upon their own cultural experiences in order to question the way we see and imagine each
other. Commissioned by Luminato and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, The Africa Trilogy is
a production of Toronto’s Volcano Theatre and is presented in association with Harbourfront
Centre. The performance runs for a total of three hours 30 minutes, including two intermissions.
In previews Thursday, June 10 – Sunday, June 13; Tuesday, June 15 (opening night) –
Sunday, June 20 at the Fleck Dance Theatre
$30 – 45
One Pure Longing: Táhirih’s Search – World Premiere
Iranian poet and teacher Táhirih challenged Tehran’s cultural conventions in the mid-1800s by
removing her veil, ultimately leading to her execution. Inspired by Táhirih’s poetry, One Pure
Longing: Táhirih’s Search explores faith, freedom of expression, and women’s rights. The
performance utilizes song, poetry recitation, and movement to represent the courage needed to
speak out against oppressive forces. Designed by Bretta Gerecke, One Pure Longing: Táhirih’s
Search features an international cast lead by acclaimed theatre director Erika Batdorf.
Commissioned by Luminato, the production runs 75 minutes.
Friday, June 11 – Monday, June 14 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Best Before
Best Before combines video gaming with live theatre to create an inventive participatory
experience. Each audience member navigates an anonymous avatar, interacting with a panel of
on-stage experts — an electronic artist, a game tester, a politician, and a traffic flagger. A
simulated city, BestLand, gradually develops as each audience member adds their personal
touch via game controllers. BestLand evolves and devolves as the audience clashes and
collaborates while making personal, social, and political decisions. Best Before is a work from
theatre company Rimini Protokoll, known for attracting attention throughout Europe for blurring
the line between reality and fiction. Best Before is commissioned by PuSh International
Performing Arts Festival and co-produced by Goethe-Institut, Brighton Festival, Hebbel – Theater
Berlin GmbH, Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity, PuSh International Performing
Arts Festival, Rimini Apparat, The Cultch, and La Bâtie – Festival de Genève. Supported by Arts
Partners in Creative Development and the Federal Republic of Germany.
Wednesday, June 16 – Saturday, June 19 at the Berkeley Street Theatre
Based on the work of Canadian sculptor Haydn Davies, Homage documents the commission,
construction, and demolition of the artist’s first large-scale outdoor commission. Homage
explores the meaning of public art, proprietorship, and the creative spirit by examining issues
surrounding artistic rights. By Halifax’s 2b theatre company, Homage features an award-winning
creative team and a custom-built theatre-in-the-round designed by architect Peter Blackie.
Homage runs for 90 minutes with no intermission.
Thursday, June 17 – Saturday, June 19 at the Imperial Oil Opera Theatre

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