Luminato 2011 – today’s events (Sun 12 June)

SUGGESTED PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES (full event descriptions follow):

 

The Hub:                      Homayun Sakhi w/Alim Qasimov

David Pecaut Square, 55 John Street

2:00 PM – 3:45 PM

 

Kronos Quartet w/Annex Quartet

David Pecaut Square, 55 John Street

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Visual art:                    Garden of Roses: Denis Gagnon Interprets Alice

Wintergarden Lobby, 225 King Street West

All Day

Education and Outreach Habit Community Performance Project

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

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Sargasso

Allen Lambert Galleria, Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street

All Day

Film:                            My Name Is Raj

350 King Street West

12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Luminato's free events are at the main hub, by Roy Thomson Hall this year.

TODAY’S EVENTS:

HOMAYUN SAKHI W/ALIM QASIMOV ENSEMBLE (FREE)

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

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Description: A free celebration of music from the Middle East and around the world, featuring Alim Qasimov, the world’s leading exponent of mugham, a sophisticated Azerbaijani art form combining music with classical poetry, and Homayun Sakhi, considered the finest rubâb player of his generation.


KRONOS QUARTET W/ANNEX QUARTET (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: Join the Kronos Quartet and the Annex Quartet for a free celebration of music from around the world.


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.


EDUCATION AND OUTREACH HABIT COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE PROJECT (FREE)

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

Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Description: Youth from Regent Park and St. Jamestown are creating and performing their own short performance pieces, using a similar creative process to David Levine’s.


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 – 6:00 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 – 11:20 PM

Description: Showing Lawrence of Arabia  


LUNCHTIME CONVERSATIONS: SARGASSO (FREE)

Location: Chapters John & Richmond, 142 John Street

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Description: Pioneering architect Philip Beesley, who effected a stunning transformation of the Canada Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Biennale, talks about his latest large-scale animated installation in Brookfield Place.


GERALDINE BROOKS

Location: The Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street

Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Description: In Caleb’s Crossing, Brooks once again takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to vivid life—in 1665, a young man from Martha’s Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Brooks is also The New York Times bestselling author of People of the Book.


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 – 4:30 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.


TAJ

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

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 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.


SOULPEPPER SUMMER REPERTORY

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

Time: 1:30 PM, 2:00 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 12: 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


BEIRUT39 AT LUMINATO

Location: Glenn Gould Studio (Main Floor of the CBC Building), 250 Front Street West

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Description: Last spring, Britain’s prestigious Hay Festivals celebrated 39 Arab writers age 39 and under, compiling the anthology Beirut39 with a preface by Hanan al-Shaykh (One Thousand and One Nights). Now, Luminato presents a select group of those writers in an onstage conversation about contemporary literature in the Arab world.


RBC PRESENTS: THE NEW YORKER AT LUMINATO (REWRITING THE NARRATIVE OF THE MIDDLE EAST)

Location: Jane Mallet Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front Street East

Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Description: Egyptian-born Toronto Star columnist Mona Eltahawy, award-winning Israeli journalist Amira Hass (Drinking the Sea at Gaza), and Booker-nominated Libyan novelist Hisham Matar (In the Country of Men) join New Yorker editor David Remnick to discuss recent upheavals in one of the world’s most volatile regions.


RBC PRESENTS: THE NEW YORKER AT LUMINATO (PARADOXES OF INNOVATION)

Location: Bluma Appel Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front Street East

Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Description: Egyptian-born Toronto Star columnist Mona Eltahawy, award-winning Israeli journalist Amira Hass (Drinking the Sea at Gaza), and Booker-nominated Libyan novelist Hisham Matar (In the Country of Men) join New Yorker editor David Remnick to discuss recent upheavals in one of the world’s most volatile regions.

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