|March 18, 2018||Filled under Events||
Where: Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 225 Queens Quay West
When: March 20 to 24, 2018 @ 8pm
Cost: Tickets are $25 to $40 and can be purchased online at www.harbourfrontcentre.com or call 416.973.4000
Details: In celebration of its 50th anniversary season, Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) presents Glass Fields, based on TDT Artistic Director Christopher House’s groundbreaking 1983 dance piece Glass Houses, which was part of the “new dance” movement in the early eighties and helped transform the way modern dance was created and perceived.
In Glass Fields, the brilliant Glass Houses will be performed in its entirety, with five new commissions that consider and refract the original. Each of these new commissions will highlight a unique part of the older work’s form, style, music, or one of its original sources of artistic inspiration, Robert Longo’s Men in the Cities series.
Glass Houses, created in 1983, had a long and successful performance life, and was documented on film by award-winning Canadian writer, director and producer, Moze Mossanen. The choreography is simultaneously formal, musical, minimalist and highly kinetic. Its structure is governed by the music of legendary composer Ann Southam’s Glass Houses No. 5, a complex piece of pattern music inspired by the compositional forms of Philip Glass. The choreography is relentlessly fast-paced, and includes challenging direction changes, partnering co-ordinations, and lifts.
This provocative new curation of work features a lineup of powerful choreographers and dancers, including the creator of Glass Houses, and TDT’s Artistic Director Christopher House, as well as award-winning artist Tedd Robinson, alongside Hanna Kiel, Amanda Acorn and Jasmyn Fyffe. These artists bring an exciting range of styles and approaches to the program.
House returns to Ann Southam’s Glass Houses compositions – this time No. 13 – as source material for his new piece. Original music, inspired by Ann Southam’s work, is being created or adapted by Thom Gill, Greg Harrison, Jonathan Adjemian, Charles Quevillon and Sarah Shugarman for the other works, and a unique live musical performance will accompany one of the pieces.
The program will be performed by Valerie Calam, Alana Elmer, Yuichiro Inoue, Peter Kelly, Megumi Kokuba, Tia Kushniruk, Pulga Muchochoma, Devon Snell, Margarita Soria, Roberto Soria and Christianne Ullmark.
Glass Fields is presented as part of Harbourfront Centre’s 17/18 NextSteps dance series.
|March 13, 2018||Filled under Events||
Where: The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West, Franco Boni Theatre
When: March 16 – April 1, 2018
Cost: All Tickets $40, Students/Arts Worker $30, Matinées $25, Previews $20 and can be purchased at online at www.theatrecentre.org or call 416.538.0988
Details: The source material is legendary. The characters are iconic. The questions are epic. Jean Valjean’s lifelong struggle to find and follow his own conscience asks the most profound questions of human existence: “What is justice? What is forgiveness? What is love? What would you die for?”
Poet, novelist, dramatist, and one of the greatest French writers of all time, Victor Hugo wrote about the political and social issues of his day. Les Misérables is his ‘call to arms’ to face what it means to be humane and compassionate, to love and to die, and to listen to the stories of silenced voices. Timeless issues that have continued to resonate today.
Theatre Smith-Gilmour is committed to creating theatre developed through an artistic process that gives expression and dignity to people’s imaginations and communicates stories of personal and universal meaning with a compassionate vision of the human condition. For almost 40 years, the company has been devising and touring original shows internationally.
The Les Misérables ensemble includes Mac Fyfe (Krapp’s Last Tape (director); Trudeau and The FLQ, The War of 1812, VideoCabaret), Dean Gilmour (Co-Artistic Director, Theatre Smith-Gilmour), Nina Gilmour (The Cherry Orchard, Chekhov Collective; As I Lay Dying, Theatre Smith-Gilmour), Benjamin Muir (As I Lay Dying, Theatre Smith-Gilmour; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Hart House); Daniel Roberts (pool (no water), Cue6 Production; As I Lay Dying, Theatre Smith-Gilmour), and Diana Tso (Bakkhai, The Komagata Maru Incident, Stratford Festival; Chimerica, Canadian Stage). Michele Smith (Co-Artistic Director, Theatre Smith Gilmour) will direct the world premiere of this new theatrical adaptation based on the original French text.
Join Theatre Smith-Gilmour on Sunday, March 25 at their Fundraising Gala Matinée. Ticket includes a Q&A with special guests and post-show reception. Tickets $100, Students/Arts Worker $40.
More Info: www.theatresmithgilmour.com
|March 7, 2018||Filled under Events||
Where: Factory Theatre Mainspace, 125 Bathurst Street
When: March 10 – April 1, 2018
Cost: Single tickets start at just $20 for previews and range from $30-$50 for regular performances. Student, Arts Worker and Senior prices also available. Purchase in person at Factory, www.factorytheatre.ca or call 416.504.9971.
Details: The Monument tells the story of a soldier desperate to escape death for his war crimes who agrees to give himself to the complete servitude of an unknown woman. A harrowing and visceral journey of two people forced to confront the atrocities of war; this Governor General’s Award-winning play asks questions that remain painfully familiar on our front pages today.
Considering The Monument through a lens of the 500-year war that has been waged against the people of Turtle Island since European colonization, this newly reimagined production will confront many of the dark and uncomfortable truths of Canada’s complicity around missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Written by Alberta-born Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Colleen Wagner, the cast features Venezuelan-born actor, singer and writer Augusto Bitter and the award-winning Ojibway actor, dancer, choreographer and singer/songwriter Tamara Podemski.
Director Jani Lauzon, a multidisciplinary artist of Métis ancestry, is an award-winning film actor, six-time Dora Mavor Moore-nominated actress, Juno-nominated singer/songwriter, and Gemini Award-winning puppeteer.
More Info: www.factorytheatre.ca @FactoryToronto #ftShapingStories #ftTheMonument
|March 5, 2018||Filled under Events||
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park
When: March 10-18, 2018
Cost: The Exhibition is specially ticketed and not included with general admission. March Break is also the last chance to experience the ROM’s featured, separately ticketed exhibitions Christian Dior and Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Details: The Vikings are taking over the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) during March Break. Experience interactive games and hands-on learning designed to bring out the adventurous Viking spirit in kids and parents alike. All drop-in activities are free with general admission, and the ROM will have extended hours of operation.
ROM March Break: Viking Adventure Highlights:
-Explore a Viking Village and the daily lives of the legendary Norse people, with living history re-enactors from program partners Torvik and Wulfthorpe;
-Make Viking bling using spirals, braids, and symbols, just as skilled Norse artisans did;
-Play the part of a mighty Viking warrior and create a shield wall;
-Compete in feats of strength and challenge your mind with games in the Viking Family Lounge;
-Learn the meaning and magic behind the runic alphabet of Viking peoples;
-Go on adventurous and creative scavenger hunts through the Museum with ROM Quests, presented by ROM World Cultures in partnership with the Archaeological Institute of America and the University of Toronto.
ROM March Break extended hours of operation are as follows:
March 10-17, 10am to 7pm. Programming runs from 10:30am to 6:30am.
March 18, 10am to 5:30am. Programming runs from 10:30am to 5pm.
More Info: www.rom.on.ca.
|February 27, 2018||Filled under Events||
Where: The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West; Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor Street West
When: March 1-11, 2018
Cost: Single tickets $16 – $20 plus taxes and fees. Festival Pass: $90 (valid for all shows) and can be purchased online at www.torontosketchfest.com
Details: The 13th Annual TOsketchfest will feature over 60 sketch comedy acts including UK musical comedy viral sensation Flo & Joan; quick-witted quartet TallBoyz II Men; a remount of the 2017 Fringe hit 32 Short Sketches About Bees; a live album recording by The Williamson Playboys; plus Rapp Battlez 100, the milestone 100th edition of Toronto’s hilarious comedic rap throwdown.
A selection of Toronto’s top solo sketch performers will be showcased such Jon Blair, Carson Pinch, and Kirsten Rasmussen and Toronto’s veteran performers including Mark & Andy (Mark Little and Andy Bush) and The Lusty Mannequins (Ashley Comeau, Alastair Forbes, Karen Parker and Connor Thompson), as well as a reunion of Vest of Friends.
The newest one-man show from Bruce McCulloch, Tales of Bravery and Stupidity, will be showcased for two shows Saturday, March 3, 2018 at The Theatre Centre. Brimming with humour and humanity the show is part stand up and part storytelling; it looks at some of the bravely stupid things that Bruce has done, “and the things we all do to get in and out of trouble as we make our way in this complicated world.”
The TOsketchfest Film Festival is back for a second year for a pre-festival kick off on Wednesday, February 28 with a curated selection of the funniest comedy shorts made in the last two years. Featuring shorts from new and established filmmakers and TOsketchfest alumni, the TOsketchfest Film Festival spotlights the best in on-screen sketch comedy.
More Info: www.torontosketchfest.com