Luminato 2011 – today’s events (Sat 11 June)

TODAY’S EVENTS:

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS FAMILY SHOW (FREE)

Location: David Pecaut Square (entrance off King Street, just west of Roy Thomson Hall), 55 John Street,

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Description: Grammy winners for the song “Boss of Me,” from Malcolm in the Middle, these legendary Brooklyn alternative rockers also created such best-selling kids’ albums as Here Come the ABCs. Plus, Bunch Family will be on hand to help families design their own backstage passes band posters, and punk rock pins.

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MANCUSO, CALLIARI, BANDABARDO (FREE)

Location: David Pecaut Square (entrance off King Street, just west of Roy Thomson Hall), 55 John Street

Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Description: Celebrating 150 years of Italian unification, Luminato presents a tribute to the music of Italy, with Dominic Mancuso, Marco Calliari and Bandabardò with Peppe Voltarelli.


GARDEN OF ROSES: DENIS GAGNON INTERPRETS ALICE (FREE)

Location: Wintergarden Lobby, 225 King Street West (beside David Pecaut Square)

Time: All day

Description: Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, one of Quebec’s iconic fashion designers creates a world of wearable fantasy


HABIT (FREE)

Location: OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Great Hall, 2nd Floor

Time: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Description: Live theatre meets reality TV and avant-garde visual arts, as a daily drama unfolds within an installation created by Berlin-based artist David Levine.


SARGASSO (FREE)

Location: Allen Lambert Galleria, Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street

Time: All day
Description: A visionary architectural pioneer creates a responsive landscape to infuse one of downtown’s busiest spaces with astonishing new life.


MY NAME IS RAJ (FREE)

Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West

Time: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Description: An installation celebrating Indian film pioneer Raj Kapoor examines the moviemaker’s interactive relationship with his audiences – and invites you to become part of the art.


THE LUMINATO REEL (FREE – tickets are required)

Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West

Time: 7:30 – 9:50 PM

Description: Showing Il fiore delle Mille e una notte  


LUNCHTIME CONVERSATIONS: TAJ (FREE)

Location: Chapters John & Richmond, 142 John Street

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Description: Lata Pada’s award-winning South Asian dance company, Sampradaya Dance Creations, celebrates its 20th anniversary with a hybrid dance-theatre piece about the creation of the Taj Mahal. Join Lata Pada, director Tom Diamond, and members of the creative team for a conversation about the work


 

 

ONE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS

Location: Canadian Opera Company, The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, 227 Front Street East

Time: Part I: 2:00 PM; PART II: 7:00 PM

Description: In Luminato’s most ambitious commission to date, British director Tim Supple (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Luminato 2008) unites with acclaimed Lebanese novelist Hanan al-Shaykh to unearth the true character of the One Thousand and One Nights


ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

Location: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West

Time: 2:00 PM; 7:30 PM

Description: The National Ballet of Canada performs acclaimed British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s new ballet, a dazzling tour-de-force.


ANDROMACHE

Location: The Theatre Centre, 1087 Queen Street West

Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Description: The war has ended. The empire has crumbled. The new leader is infatuated with Andromache and demands she give herself to him or sacrifce the life of her son. A raw and shocking re-imagination of Racine’s classic play from provocative Scottish director Graham McLaren.


KRONOS QUARTET WITH HOMAYUN SAKHI AND MUSICIANS

Location: The Royal Conservatory, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West

Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Description: A Luminato residency by the genre-crossing string quartet features concerts with celebrated collaborators from around the world. Performing with Kronos for the first time in Canada is the brilliant and charismatic Afghan rubâb player Homayun Sakhi.


TAJ

Location: Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 207 Queens Quay West

Time: 2:00 PM; 8:00 PM

Description: A dramatic dance-theatre production from Lata Pada’s Sampradaya Dance Company, starring Bollywood’s Kabir Bedi and Canada’s Lisa Ray. An epic story of love and grief—and the grandeur it inspired.


NATURAL MAGICK

Location: Tarragon Theatre’s Mainspace, 30 Bridgman Avenue

Time: 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Description: Inspired by the notion that the performance of magic may be seen as a modern-day equivalent of one of legendary storyteller Shahrazad’s most fantastical tales, magician and author David Ben—one of the world’s foremost sleight-of-hand artists—has collaborated with writer and Canadian broadcasting icon Patrick Watson to create a new exploration of magic as a theatrical art.


ANN PATCHETT

Location: Al Green Theatre (Miles Nadal JCC), 750 Spadina Avenue (at Bloor)

Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Description: A rich narrative set in the Amazonian jungle, State of Wonder is both a gripping adventure story and a profound investigation of difficult human choices. Winner of Britain’s Orange Prize for her bestselling novel Bel Canto, Patchett is also the writer of the multiple award-winning memoir Truth & Beauty.


 

 

 

SOULPEPPER SUMMER REPERTORY

Location: Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill Street

Time: 1:30 PM, 2:00 PM, 7:30 PM, 8:00 PM

Description: For the first time in its history, Toronto’s celebrated Soulpepper Theatre Company brings together under one roof seven theatrical productions, representing all aspects of its artistic mission: world classics, Canadian classics, creation and adaptation, artist development, and community outreach.

Featured June 11: John Gray and Eric Peterson’s Billy Bishop Goes to War; Jorge Luis Borges’s The Aleph, adapted by Diego Matamoros and Daniel Brooks; Guillermo Verdecchia’s Fronteras Americanas; and a double bill of (re)Birth: E.E. Cummings in Song and Window on Toronto, created by the Soulpepper Academy


For 10 extraordinary days in June, Toronto’s stages, streets, and public spaces are illuminated with arts and creativity. Luminato is an annual multi-disciplinary celebration of theatre, literature, music, food, dance, celebrations, visual arts, fashion, film, and magic. Luminato brings a world of creativity to the city for ten days June 10- 19, 2011.

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