Luminato – today’s events (Sat 18 June 2011)

TODAY’S EVENTS:

 

NATACHA ATLAS W/MINOR EMPIRE (FREE)

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

Time: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Description: Luminato’s celebration of contemporary Arabic music continues with a special focus on artists from Egypt: World music ensemble Minor Empire brings a unique mix of traditional East and modern West to the stage and Natacha Atlas is one of the leading female voices in contemporary Arabic culture.


HAKIM W/GEORGE SAWA (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: Luminato’s celebration of contemporary Arabic music continues with a special focus on artists from Egypt: George Sawa, an expert in medieval and modern Arabic music, is a master of the zither-like instrument known as the qanun and Hakim is known for his electronica-infused brand of sha’abi—a popular urban genre rooted in traditional Egyptian folk music.


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 required)

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

Time: 7:30 PM – 9:40 PM

Description: Showing Incendies


LUNCHTIME CONVERSATIONS: TSO GOES LATE NIGHT: MAHLER 5 (FREE)

Location: Chapters John & Richmond, 142 John Street

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Description: Rick Phillips, host and producer of Sound Advice, a guide to classical music and recordings formerly on CBC Radio, discusses the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s late-night performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 with TSO musicians, Sam Banks and David Kent.


PRESIDENT’S CHOICE® 1000 TASTES OF TORONTO™ (FREE TO ATTEND)

Location: John Street (between Adelaide Street West and Wellington Street West)

Time: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Description: Treat your taste buds to a trip around the world, with gourmet street food prepared by some of the city’s leading restaurateurs. John Street becomes the venue for a huge open-air smorgasbord, as a select group of the city’s finest chefs present their gourmet variations on the theme of street food, each item specifically designed to be enjoyed on the go, and each priced at only $5. This celebration of food and the unique talents of Toronto chefs, will be hosted by Chef Joshna Maharaj.


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


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 sacrifice the life of her son. A raw and shocking re-imagination of Racine’s classic play from provocative Scottish director Graham McLaren.


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 18: Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s The Fantastiks; Thornton Wilder’s Our Town; Jorge Luis Borges’s The Aleph, adapted by Diego Matamoros and Daniel Brooks and a double bill of (re)Birth: E.E. Cummings in Song; and Window on Toronto, created by the Soulpepper Academy.


TOUT COMME ELLE (JUST LIKE HER)

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

Time: 2:00 PM, 8:00 PM

Description: Featuring a diverse cast of 50 women and created by award-winning director

Brigitte Haentjens, the incoming Artistic Director of French Theatre at the National Arts Centre, Tout Comme Elle (Just Like Her) became an artistic phenomenon when it debuted in Montreal in 2006.


CONFLUENCE

Location: MacMillan Theatre, 80 Queen’s Park

Time: 8:00 PM  – 9:10 PM

Description: Confluence takes the form of a conversation in motion and music between these two friends and artistic co-creators. Akram Khan and members of his company join Nitin Sawhney and his fellow musicians—including the astounding young vocalist Nicki Wells—live on stage to revisit highlights of their past work together, to present a new piece, and to explore the psychological, emotional, and spiritual terrain of the creative journey itself.


LU XUN blossoms

Location: Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West

Time: 2:00 PM, 8:00 PM

Description: An inventive and witty adaptation of stories by the father of modern Chinese literature—and the first-ever Sino-Canadian theatrical co-production. Renowned for his humour, compassion, and irony, the short-story writer, essayist, and poet Lu Xun is an iconic figure in Chinese literature.


VODAVIL

Location: Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge Street

Time: 8:00 PM  – 9:30 PM

Description: In an evening of all-out entertainment, comedian-magician Mike Caveney; mime and magician Tina Lenert; physical illusionist Ardan James; magicians and parodists

The Great Tomsoni and Company; and Gaëtan Bloom, master of the absurd, recapture the magic of vaudeville in one of the few remaining venues from that long-ago yet fondly remembered era, the beautiful Winter Garden Theatre.


ART AS SAFE GROUND?

Location: Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Description: Deepa Mehta, Anna Porter, and Judith Thomson discuss the vital role of storytelling in society.

Toronto's Deepa Mehta

MODERN TAKES ON OLD STORIES

Location: Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West

Time: 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM

Description: Join Tim Supple, Evie Christie, Michele Smith, Dean Gilmour and special guest Muhsin al-Musawi (Professor of Arabic Literature at Columbia University and one of the Arab world’s leading literary critics) for a rich discussion on the art of adaptation and imbuing classic tales with new life and meaning.


TSO GOES LATE NIGHT: MAHLER 5

Location: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street

Time: 10:30 PM – 11:45 PM

Description: It’s never too late to be swept away by emotion—so let your evening end at Roy Thomson Hall, where TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian conducts the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in a special late-night performance of Gustav Mahler’s epic Fifth Symphony. Enjoy the concert with a drink—we encourage all beverages to be enjoyed while in your seat. After the Mahler has worked its magic on your soul, stay around and join the orchestra members for a post-performance party—and more live music.


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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