Soulpepper, Necessary Theatre and International Artists Will Be Part of 2011 Luminato Fest in Toronto

News   Soulpepper, Necessary Theatre and International Artists Will Be Part of 2011 Luminato Fest in Toronto
Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity, will offer an eclectic array of theatre and dance this June. The 2011 festival's theatre and dance program was announced on Jan. 17.

Luminato's theatre offerings will include:

A world premiere Luminato commission
June 10-12 and June 14-19
The Theatre Centre

"In Necessary Angel's new and radical adaptation of Racine's Andromache, the war has ended in a hail of brutal crimes against women and children. The new leader, Pyhrrus, has become infatuated with a hostage, the recently widowed Andromache. She now faces a sickening dilemma — should she allow her surviving child to be publicly executed by her enemies, or should she sell herself to Pyrrhus? Canadian poet Evie Christie collaborates with director Graham McLaren on a modern adaptation of Andromache that examines how obsessive love and lust leads people to commit unspeakable acts."

Tout Comme Elle (Just Like Her)
June 14-18
Bluma Appel Theatre

"The English language premiere of Necessary Angel's Tout Comme Elle, commissioned by Luminato, combines song with a rich and poetic text to explore the painful, but necessary separation of mother and daughter. Conceived by acclaimed Québec director Brigitte Haentjens, and featuring a cast of 50 women, Tout Comme Elle is a poignant and daring piece of theatre about the inevitability of loss and the eternal nature of love. Tout Comme Elle features veteran Canadian actors alongside up-and-coming talent, including Laura Burns, Allegra Fulton, Barbara Gordon, Tanja Jacobs, Amber Mills, Fiona Reid, and Severn Thompson. Tout Comme Elle is written by Louise Dupré and translated by Erín Moure."

Lu Xun Blossoms
A North American premiere
June 15-18
Isabel Bader Theatre

"Theatre Smith-Gilmour and the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre's production of Lu Xun Blossoms is the first ever theatre co-production between Canada and China. Lu Xun Blossoms is based on five short stories of Lu Xun, a great, early 20th-century Chinese writer and teacher. Considered by many to be the father of contemporary Chinese literature, Lu Xun wrote about China at a time of great change. Using deeply etched characters and riveting images, Lu Xun Blossoms documents the early urbanization of China and the conflicts and joys of the early 20th century."

Soulpepper Summer Repertory
June 10-19
Young Centre for the Performing Arts

"Luminato presents a week of theatre, showcasing the tremendous talent of one of Toronto's premier companies, Soulpepper Theatre Company. Housed at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery Historic District, each day consists of four distinct performances — two in the afternoon and two at night — followed by a Community Cabaret hosted by the artists of the Soulpepper Academy and featuring guest artists from Luminato at large. Performances include Thornton Wilder's Our Town, William Saroyan's The Time of Your Life, John Gray and Eric Peterson's Billy Bishop Goes to War, Guillermo Verdecchia's Fronteras Americanas, Jorge Luis Borges' The Aleph (adapted by Diego Matamoros and Daniel Brooks/Design by Michael Levine), rebirth: e.e. cummings in song (created by Mike Ross and the Soulpepper Academy), Window on Toronto (created by László Marton and the Soulpepper Academy), and a Community Cabaret, featuring the Soulpepper Academy and artists of Luminato." One Thousand and One Nights
June 11-19

"Brings to the stage one of the world's greatest folk story cycles. The tales are told by Shahrazad to prevent King Shahrayer from taking terrible daily revenge for his wife’s infidelity. Each night he marries a virgin only to kill her the next morning. Shahrazad prolongs her life by keeping the King engrossed in a labyrinth of stories that never ends — a mesmerising kaleidoscope of life, love and destiny. One Thousand and One Nights is presented as a two-part theatre piece performed over successive evenings, as well as two-part weekend performances."

For more information about the festival, including dance offerings, visit

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