Cascades
Jun
24
9:00pm 9:00pm

Cascades

Cascades is the music collaboration between two Montreal-based musicians: neo-classical pianist Jean-Michel Blais and genre-defying, Grammy Award-nominated electronic producer Mike Silver (aka CFCF).

Building on their sold-out performance that premiered as part of the globally celebrated 2016 Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal, Cascades is a stunning five song, thirty minute meeting-of-minds that navigates spaces between the artists’ respective crafts and tendencies toward playful minimalism. Featuring reworkings from the duo’s catalogues, an interpretation of John Cage’s In A Landscape, and a new original, HypocriteCascades is a celebration of the traditional and experimental, dissolving the old into the new.

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Uncle Vanya
Jun
24
to Jun 25

Uncle Vanya

The classic tale is a story of characters caught between tradition and transformation, personal isolation and communal action, the lure of love and the security of duty. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Chekhov’s masterpiece lays bare the characters’ passions, hopes, and desires with warmth and poignancy. Chekhov’s work is set in 19th-century Russia but remains relevant today as a deeply human story of dashed dreams, thwarted love, and eternal longing.

This production preserves every word of Chekhov’s text but doesn’t look or sound as you’d expect. Done in the style of Russian director Vsevolod Meyerhold, who evolved a system of acting based on physical expression, it’s a mix of words, music, and mime.

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Breakin' Convention
Jun
23
to Jun 25

Breakin' Convention

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The world’s biggest festival of hip hop dance theatre, showcasing the very best from around the world and around the corner, is coming to Canada for the first time. Curated and hosted by UK hip hop pioneer Jonzi D, this awe inspiring weekend features exceptional performances from world champion b-boy and b-girl crews to cutting edge street dance companies. Headline programming includes two evening main stage performances featuring some of Canada’s best hip-hop companies – Juxtapose, LockUnity, and RoyaLazyness – and Toronto’s own Footnotes, JHHA Performance Company, Involuntary Movement, Tense Image, and The Surgeons performing alongside renowned international acts Just Dance (South Korea), Soweto Skeleton Movers (South Africa), and BirdGang Dance Company (UK) on the Sony Centre stage. Programming will continue to be updated.

Spilling off stage and taking over the whole building, the Sony Centre lobbies and surrounding areas will be transformed with DJs, Cypher Floors, graffiti, artexhibits, free-style sessions, and workshops from top international and local artists. It’s an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

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Bearing
Jun
22
to Jun 24

Bearing

Canada’s residential school system is not in the past; its impact is woven throughout our country’s present. Until we face its legacy together, its long shadows will haunt and divide us. Bearing proposes that we address our history collectively and examines the Indigenous notion that time is circular—and that the trauma of the past is inextricably linked to the present.

A world premiere dance-opera created by co-directors Michael Greyeyes (Plains Cree) and Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) and librettist Spy Denommé-Welch (Anishnaabe), Bearing features music performed live by the National Youth Orchestra with some of Toronto’s best professional classical musicians, a custom-built choir, and mezzo soprano Marion Newman (Kwagiulth and Stó:lo). Music by JS Bach, Vivier, and a commissioned work by Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan is combined with percussion and electronics while the performers communicate through dance, music, and spoken word. It’s an ambitious, multi-faceted piece from Signal Theatre featuring some of the most talented and exciting artists of our times.

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Natural Orders
Jun
22
to Jun 24

Natural Orders

Award-winning Australian choreographer Antony Hamilton will present his most recent work created in residence at Dancemakers. Hamilton’s creations meld movement, sound, and visual design.  Hamilton’s work harnesses a curious loop, a sort of chicken-and-egg question about movement generation. Beginning with explorations of machine-generated movement starting from the notion that it was not possible for us before machines existed; we cannot move in a way that we cannot conceive. You can’t do the robot unless you’ve seen the robot.

Hamilton’s argument about conceiving movement harkens something of the Cartesian stumper that God is an infinite and perfect being and because we can conceive of infinity and perfection there must be a God to have given us the idea in the first place. It’s formally sound but predicated on a certain amount of faith.

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Vertical Influences
Jun
22
to Jun 25

Vertical Influences

  • Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre and Don Montgomery Arena Scarborough (map)
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Ice skating in the summer? It’s happening! Vertical Influences is a contemporary ice skating double-bill, comprised of Vertical and Influences. Le Patin Libre, a collective from Montreal featuring high-level figure skaters and a sound-designer-turned-performer, brings the attitude of street dance and the athleticism of competitive skating to this exhilarating performance.

Influences explores the relationship between individuals and the groups they belong to. Despite bullying, individualism, and rivalry, a group experiencing obvious tensions evolves toward a new harmony. In Vertical, the spectators sit right on the ice and the skaters fly by so close that they literally move the air around the audience. Together, the two pieces make for a fresh and joyous experience.

**Two different locations for this performance. Click "Buy Tickets" for more information on where they are**

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En avant, marche!
Jun
21
to Jun 24

En avant, marche!

  • St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts (map)
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A trombone player, no longer able to play his instrument due to illness, is demoted to playing the cymbals. Throughout band practice, our larger-than-life protagonist — personified by renowned Flemish actor and singer Wim Opbrouck — terrorizes fellow band members, confides in the audience, sings arias and dances an unlikely ballet duet, all with exuberance and a riotous slapstick edge.

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Life Reflected
Jun
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Life Reflected

Four Canadian composers created compelling musical portraits of four exceptional Canadian women. Roberta Bondar, Rita Joe, Alice Munro, and Amanda Todd are the inspiration behind Life Reflected, a unique symphonic and multi-media celebration of youth, promise, and courage. The National Arts Centre Orchestra commissioned four works by Zosha Di Castri, Jocelyn Morlock, Nicole Lizée, and John Estacio to create its largest production ever. The staging includes stunning projections, which immerse the audience in sound, motion picture, photography, and graphic design.

Dear Life, based on the short story by Alice Munro is a reflection on memory, childhood and the formative stages of life.

My Name is Amanda Todd tells the story of a vibrant 15-year-old who, after suffering for years from cyber abuse, spoke out against harassment and bullying on YouTube.

Dr. Roberta Bondar’s expertise as an astronaut, physician, scientific researcher, and photographer have been interpreted in Bondarsphere.

I Lost My Talk, based on the poem by Mi’kmaw elder and poet Rita Joe, expresses Joe’s experience at Schubenacadie Residential School and is accompanied by a film by Barbara Willis Sweete, featuring choreography by Tekaronhiáhkhwa San tee Smith performed on the shores of Georgian Bay.

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CHARLOTTE: A Tri-Coloured Play with Music
Jun
16
to Jun 18

CHARLOTTE: A Tri-Coloured Play with Music

CHARLOTTE: A Tri-Coloured Play with Music is an ambitious genre-bending chamber musical based on the life and artwork of Charlotte Salomon, and the creative team is now ready to embark on the final stages of its development.

This is Charlotte’s story. She was a playwright without a stage, a graphic novelist before such a thing existed, and a young woman struggling to claim her voice and affirm her existence. She recorded her remarkable life story, coming of age under the shadow of family suicides during the rise of Nazism.

Charlotte produced over 1,000 paintings between 1941 and 1942 while in hiding in the south of France. She imagined her life as a “singspiel,” or “song-play,” with narration, dialogue, and vibrant, raw images, painted with increasing desperation as the walls of history closed in on her. Before her deportation to Auschwitz, age 26 and pregnant, she handed the work to a local physician, with the message: “Take good care of this... it is my whole life.”

**Work-in-Progress Presentation**

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Until the Lions
Jun
15
to Jun 18

Until the Lions

On the day she’s set to choose her husband, the princess Amba is abducted by Bheeshma and stripped of her honour. With her chances for love and marriage thwarted, Amba rises up and invokes the gods to seek revenge. This partial adaptation of Karthika Naïr’s Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata, a collection of poetry about the overlooked female characters in the Sanskrit epic poem the Mahabharata, fuses Indian kathak, contemporary dance, and live music to give life to Amba’s tale, exploring the physical expression of gender.

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King Arthur’s Night
Jun
15
to Jun 18

King Arthur’s Night

An upside-down world. A betrayed love. An unwanted child. Animals learning to walk and talk. A revolt by the subjugated masses. A kingdom come undone. This isn’t the King Arthur you know.

Refined, brutal, crude and tender, King Arthur’s Night is a radical re-examination of the creative process and a kick in the knees to our assumptions about difference. This ambitious work of theatre and music is co-created by Niall McNeil, an artist living with Down syndrome, with Marcus Youssef and James Long (Winners and Losers at Canadian Stage) and Canadian alt-songstress Veda Hille (co-creator of A Craigslist Cantata in Factory Theatre’s 2013 season). The integrated cast features a mix of actors living with and without Down syndrome, a live band, and a sixteen-person choir.

King Arthur’s Night tests what we know about the limits of theatre, language and our collective understanding of the narratives that are permitted to shape our world. 

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Skateboarders vs Minimalism
Jun
14
to Jun 25

Skateboarders vs Minimalism

Contemporary video artist Shaun Gladwell is renowned worldwide, having exhibited everywhere from Europe to South America and in his home country, Australia. In his latest video installation, Skateboarders vs Minimalism, the world's best freestyle skateboarder, Rodney Mullen, creatively misuses American minimalist sculptures. All filmed within a museum environment in a video scored by the music of Philip Glass, well-known sculptural forms by Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Dan Flavin and others who helped the spread of Minimal Art in the 1960s and 1970s are launched upon and flipped off by the legendary skateboarder. It's a battle with the canon of American minimalist sculptors, but rest assured no original artworks were harmed in the making of this video installation.

**Free Event, Runs continuously at The Drake Hotel from now until July 11

Live Performance and Block Party is June 24 beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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The Famous Spiegeltent
Jun
14
to Jun 25

The Famous Spiegeltent

Luminato takes over David Pecaut Square for twelve days with free outdoor programming as well as nightly shows in our pop-up venue The Famous Spiegeltent (read on to learn more),  a licensed patio, activations from our partners, and more!  It’s your go-to place in the city from June 14–25. 

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Imposition of Order: Jeff Thomas
Jun
14
to Jun 25

Imposition of Order: Jeff Thomas

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Jeff Thomas’s composite photo work Imposition of Order was commissioned for the Art Gallery of Ontario exhibition Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood (curated by Andrew Hunter, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, AGO, June 2017 – February, 2018). The work combines four significant images: Samuel de Champlain’s map of New France (1612), The Champlain monument in Ottawa, William Berczy’s Portrait of Thayendanegea or Joseph Brant (the Mohawk war chief who led the Haudenosaunee Confederacy to fight with the British during the American Revolution); The Haldimand Tract map defining the territory along the Grand River granted to the Haudenosaunee Confederacy in recognition of their service.

**Free Event

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