Luminato Festival Toronto Brochure 2008

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YOUR INVITATION TO ADVENTURE seehearfeelmovesharego Welcome to Luminato 2008, the second annual Toronto festival of arts and creativity. For 10 exhilarating days in June, you can be part of an adventure that will stimulate your senses, stir your emotions and inspire your mind. You’ll encounter exciting collaborations in all forms: innovative works (many of them world or Canadian premieres) that combine dance, theatre, music, opera, visual art, video, cinema and more. You’ll discover thematic strands that connect across boundaries of time, place and culture. Love and dreams, war and politics, the ancient traditions and modern experiences of South Asia and Canada’s First Nations are just some of the motifs you’ll meet in various forms and combinations throughout this year’s festival. Most of all, you’ll find countless ways to have fun at our more than 100 events, whether it’s kicking up your heels at our open-air dance nights in Yonge-Dundas Square (free dance instruction provided!), sharing activities with your family, or taking in the lavish sights and sounds of our closing weekend water festival down at Harbourfront and odyssey of adventures at the Distillery Historic District. All this has sprung from the incredible vision of Luminato’s irrepressible co-chairs, Tony Gagliano and David Pecaut. We owe our deepest gratitude to them and to those who have helped make their vision a reality: the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada, individual donors, our festival advisory committee and artistic partners, the city of Toronto and our corporate sponsors, especially our presenting partner, L’Oréal. Luminato shines a spotlight on Toronto and the world. It reveals the incredible cultural richness and diversity of our city, and adds to it by fostering connections between our own artists and artists from across Canada and throughout the world. It’s a celebration of human potential, to which we invite you to bring your own imagination, your own creative spirit. There’s so much to see in Luminato 2008; so much to hear and feel, to share and be moved by – so for 10 days in June, we invite you to GO!

Janice Price CEO Luminato


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FESTIVAL CONTENTS 2

YOUR INVITATION TO ADVENTURE

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2008 FESTIVAL LEADERSHIP & STAFF

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WELCOME TO A CELEBRATION OF CREATIVITY!

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FESTIVAL VISIONARIES: LUMINATO DONORS

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THE CANADIAN SONGBOOK

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TORONTO’ S MILLE FEMMES

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COLOUR...FOR THE END OF TIME

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POLITICAL GRAPHIC NOVEL

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WORLD Premiere

CANADIAN Premiere

ARTIST Residency

HOMELAND

FREE Event

FAMILY Event

ILLUMINATIONS: ART IN THE AGE OF TERROR

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FESTIVAL PARTNERS

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FAILING KANSAS

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OPENING WEEKEND CELEBRATIONS

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THE GLASS EYE

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ALL FOURS / VIOLET CAVERN

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LIEBESLIEDER WALTZES / GRAND DUO

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LUMINATO FIRST NIGHT

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TELUS LIGHT ON YOUR FEET

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SLOW DANCING

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THE DARK CITY

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QUEEN STREET CELEBRATION

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ON THE ONE: LUMINATO FUNK FESTIVAL

ILLUMINATIONS: CROSSING THE LINE

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NUNAVUT

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SCOTTISH MUSIC FESTIVAL

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NITIN SAWHNEY

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BLACK WATCH

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A THROW OF DICE

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ILLUMINATIONS: THE DANCE OF LIFE / THE LIFE OF DANCE

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CLUB NIGHT & VIDEO GAME WORKSHOP

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ILLUMINATIONS: THE PAINTED CITY

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SPOTLIGHT ON NEW SOUTH ASIAN WRITING

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CITY OF ABSTRACTS

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ILLUMINATIONS: SOUTH ASIAN EXPRESSIONS

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MOZART DANCES

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THE END OF CINEMATICS

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

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THE LUMINATO REEL

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DENNIS CLEVELAND

44-45 DAN ZANES AND FRIENDS

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STREETSCAPE

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THE FIDDLE AND THE DRUM

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WHERE THE BLOOD MIXES

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GREEN FLAG SONG

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THE ECSTASY OF RITA JOE

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ILLUMINATIONS: ABORIGINAL ENCOUNTERS

48-49 LUMINATO AT THE DISTILLERY

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DIASPORA DIALOGUES: LAUNCH OF TOK BOOK 3

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CELEBRATION OF ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER

50-51 LUMINAT'EAU: CARNIVAL H20 52

EDUCATION & OUTREACH

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FESTIVAL MAP

54-55 ENHANCE YOUR EXPERIENCE

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SANCTUARY SONG

56-57 FESTIVAL AT A GLANCE

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ROCKET AND THE QUEEN OF DREAMS

58-59 TICKETS & HELPFUL HINTS

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FESTIVAL OF THE SHORT STORY

Illuminations 2008 is an extended symposium on the arts which will engage artists, critics, social commentators and audience members in intelligent cultural dialogue within the context of Luminato 2008. Luminato Mobile: Text YES to 586468 for Mobile Alerts Luminato Interactive: Visit luminato.com to: • Sign up for the newsletter and e-alerts • Read Artists Blogs • Listen to music • Join our Facebook Group • Share Your Festival Experience and Win!


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2008 FESTIVAL LEADERSHIP& STAFF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Constance L. Sugiyama Senior Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

Tony Gagliano Co-Chair, Luminato Executive Chairman & CEO, St. Joseph Communications

Bob Mitchell Production Manager

David Whitaker President & CEO, Tourism Toronto

Alison Neale Production Coordinator

Bisi Williams

David Pecaut Co-Chair, Luminato Senior Partner, The Boston Consulting Group

FESTIVAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Damiano Pietropaolo Curator, Illuminations Series

Lucille Joseph Vice-Chair, Luminato Lucille Joseph Consulting Mohammad Al Zaibak President & CEO, CDM Information Inc. Charles Baillie President, AGO Board of Trustees Avie Bennett Chair, McClelland & Stewart Ltd. William J.S. Boyle CEO, Harbourfront Centre Julia Deans Executive Director, Toronto City Summit Alliance Rupert Duchesne President & CEO, Aeroplan Jim Fleck Chairman, AMD Canada Anthony Graham President, Wittington Investments Ltd. Piers Handling Director & CEO, Toronto International Film Festival Group Peter Herrndorf President & CEO, National Arts Centre Michael Koerner President, Canadian Overseas Investments Ltd. Candy Lee President, Washington Post Loyalty Group Roberto Martella Owner, Grano Restaurant Chetan Mathur CEO, Next Pathway Inc. Susan McArthur Senior Investment Banker, Jacob & Company Securities Inc. Rob McEwen Chairman & CEO, Lexam Explorations Inc.

William J.S. Boyle CEO, Harbourfront Centre Charles Cutts President & CEO, The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall Atom Egoyan Director & Filmmaker, Ego Film Arts Kevin Garland Executive Director, National Ballet of Canada Piers Handling Director & CEO, Toronto International Film Festival Group Karen Kain Artistic Director, National Ballet of Canada Bruce Kuwabara Partner, Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects

Devyani Saltzman Curator, Literary Programming Julian Sleath Production Manager Robert VanderBerg Associate Producer, Visual Arts and Public Installations Robyn Archer Artistic Consultant Graham Sheffield Artistic Consultant Development: Trish McGrath Vice President, Development E.J. Alon Manager, Major Gifts & Events Heather McDonald Assistant Manager, Corporate Sponsorships

Bruce Mau CEO, Bruce Mau Design Inc.

Angela Nelson-Heesch Coordinator, Corporate Sponsorships

Peter Oundjian Music Director, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Carol Wladyka Development Manager

Albert Schultz General Director, Young Centre for the Performing Arts

Marketing & Communications:

Matthew Teitelbaum Director, Art Gallery of Ontario William Thorsell Director & CEO, Royal Ontario Museum

LUMINATO STAFF

Mary Pompili Vice President, Marketing and Communications Morad Reid Affifi Creative Services Manager Tanim Ahmed Graphic Designer

Executive & Administration:

Sarah Baumann Communications Coordinator

Janice Price President & CEO

Mary Ann Farrell Director, Marketing

Marcia McNabb Director, Finance & Administration

Paul Moran Interactive Marketing Coordinator

Martha Haldenby Executive Assistant to the CEO

Carla Selzer Marketing Manager

Loredana LaCaprara Finance & Office Administrator

Media & Public Relations Communications:

Programming & Production:

Bill Bobek Director, Communications and Media Relations

Chris Lorway Vice Presidient, Programming

Laura Barron Public Relations Coordinator

Jonas Prince Chairman, Realstar Group

Clyde Wagner General Manager

Visitor Services & Volunteers:

Javier San Juan President & CEO, L’Oréal Canada

Jessica Dargo Caplan Associate Director of Education & Outreach

Scott Gainsburg Ticketing, Visitor Services and Volunteer Consultant

Gary Slaight President & CEO, Slaight Communications

Mitchell Marcus Associate Producer, Theatre, Dance, Film and Music

Tahnee Lloyd-Smith Volunteer Coordinator

Tom Milroy Co-President, BMO Nesbitt Burns Investment Banking Group


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WELCOME TO A CELEBRATION OF CREATIVITY!

Luminato is a celebration of the power of collective creativity. An arts festival of this scale is inspired by thousands – from the artists themselves to the audiences who participate to the many whose passion and commitment behind the scenes makes all of it possible.

After a thrilling first year, Luminato returns to bring together audiences and artists to celebrate the power of creativity, the beauty of the arts and the desire to make the significance of our diversity the centrepiece.

In this, its second season, Luminato is already one of the largest and most diverse festivals in North America and has taken its place on the world stage as an international event uniquely rooted in the diversity and imagination of Toronto and Canada. Our success to date and our future aspirations have been made possible by the generous participation of our federal, provincial, and municipal governments, our corporate sponsors, our individual and foundation donors, and our many volunteers including our Board and Advisory Committee. To all those who stand so firmly behind Luminato – especially, our founding government partner, Ontario, and our presenting sponsor, L’Oréal – we owe our most heartfelt thanks.

All of us at L’Oréal welcome this renewed opportunity to share efforts, ideas and dreams with Luminato, our Partner in Creativity; together, we pursue our common goal of shining a spotlight on Toronto and Canada’s cultural richness, and highlighting the best of the world’s artistic offerings over ten spectacular days in June.

This is a festival for the people of Toronto, of Ontario, of Canada and of the world. It’s a festival for you to discover new things, to participate in the power of art to transform life, and to celebrate the creativity of cultures and individuals from across Canada and the globe. Most of Luminato is presented free – again, thanks to the generosity of our supporters – so that everyone can experience the excitement. The stage is set, and we invite you to join in as we light up our city with the inexhaustible power of the human imagination.

We are excited by the depth and breadth of programming in this 2nd annual edition, and look forward to delighting in this celebration of the senses with you. L’Oréal, through its brands, is proud to contribute to enhancing the Luminato experience with a multitude of initiatives linking beauty and creativity. Join us as we nurture the world’s creativity and share your experiences with family, friends, and festival-goers along the way. See you at “Lumina-TWO”!

Tony Gagliano

David Pecaut

Javier San Juan

Co-Chair, Luminato Executive Chairman & CEO, St. Joseph Communications

Co-Chair, Luminato Senior Partner, The Boston Consulting Group

President & CEO L’Oréal Canada


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FESTIVAL VISIONARIES: LUMINATO DONORS Donors have been at the heart of the Luminato Festival from the very beginning. The Festival’s first donors, called Founding Luminaries, were vital to the visioning and success of the inaugural Festival and establishing a world-class annual celebration of arts, culture and creativity. The Festival’s Luminaries ensure Luminato continues to present Canadian and World premieres, innovative new work and unexpected collaborations that result in memorable moments of artistic excellence. The Festival celebrates the generous support of the following Luminaries. Founding Luminaries Mohammad and Najla Al Zaibak Charles and Marilyn Baillie Avie Bennett Helen Burstyn and David Pecaut Kate Alexander Daniels and David Daniels Joan T. Dea and Lionel F. Conacher Ian and Kiki Delaney John Donald and Linda Chu The Duboc Family Foundation Margaret and Jim Fleck Linda Frum and Howard Sokolowski Kevin and Roger Garland Anthony and Helen Graham

Lucille and Urban Joseph Michael and Sonja Koerner Chetan and Clara Mathur Judy and Wil Matthews Rob and Cheryl McEwen Pierre L. Morrissette Sandra and Jim Pitblado Jonas and Lynda Prince Richard Rooney and Laura Dinner The Slaight Family Marisa and Edward Sorbara Larry and Judy Tanenbaum Robin and David Young

Founding Corporate Luminaries BMO Financial Group RBC Ivey Foundation St. Joseph Communications MacLaren McCann TELUS Manulife Financial Tourism Toronto

Luminaries Tony and Anne Arrell David and Stacey Cynamon Lonti Ebers and Bruce Flatt The Ira Gluskin and Maxine Granovsky Gluskin Charitable Foundation Jay and Barbara Hennick & Family Joan and Jerry Lozinski Joseph Mimran and Kimberley Newport-Mimran David and Audrey Mirvish Nancy Pencer Geoff and Megan Smith

SuperNova Program Development Fund Margaret and Jim Fleck Rob and Cheryl McEwen Sandra and Jim Pitblado Gretchen and Donald Ross


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FESTIVAL PARTNERS Partner in Creativity:

Founding Government Partner:

Major Partners:

Major Media Partners:

Major Marketing Partners:

Program Partners:

Government Partners:

Associate Partners:

Corporate Supporters: Endeavour Marketing The George Partnership MyThum Interactive PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Roots Stikeman Elliott LLP The Boston Consulting Group The Strategic Counsel ThinData


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OPENING WEEKEND CELEBRATIONS A theatre experience so intense and uncompromisingly truthful that it explodes out of the “ safe zone” of art to embed itself in our consciousness like shrapnel.

KPMB is proud to collaborate on the transformation of Yonge-Dundas Square into the 'eye' of Luminato with a suspended web of illuminated spheres featuring the signature oculus of the festival.

Luminato 2008’ s historic kick-off takes over the city with 20 acts on 3 stages– don’t miss this jam-packed weekend of excitement for the whole family! Thousands of people will converge in Yonge-Dundas Square for Luminato First Night featuring the Count Basie Orchestra and Montreal jazz prodigy Nikki Yanofsky. The party continues all weekend with an all day Funk Festival at Nathan Phillips Square, Scottish Music Festival at Yonge-Dundas Square, Queen Street Celebration at Grange Park and OCAD, the huge portraits of Slow Dancing, and the chance to participate each night in TELUS Light on Your Feet - the city’s biggest outdoor dance lesson! Yonge-Dundas Square, transformed for the occasion by KPMB Architects and inspired by renowned set designer Michael Levine, will be Luminato 2008’s centre of activity. Get the latest news, enjoy a cold one at the limited-time only Mill Street Brew Pub, and buy your Luminato tickets at the T.O. TIX Booth. So come, join the party, as we kick off 10 days of more than 100 events set to ignite the creativity of all who participate!

Opening Weekend Free Celebrations Presented By:

Yonge-Dundas Square Venue Support from:


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LUMINATO FIRST NIGHT PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH TD CANADA TRUST TORONTO JAZZ FESTIVAL

9 FAMILY Event

PLACE: Yonge-Dundas Square DATE: Friday, June 6

FREE Event

TIME: 6:30-11:00 p.m.

Count Basie Orchestra and jazz prodigy Nikki Yanofsky set the tone for the whole 10 days: see, hear, feel, move, share, and go, go, go! It all begins with a party! The place to be Friday, June 6 is Yonge-Dundas Square, where Luminato’s First Night gets you ready for 10 days of dancing in the streets (see TELUS Light on Your Feet, next page). The Festival kick-off is an all-star concert featuring the Grammy-Award winning Count Basie Orchestra fronted by 14-year-old Canadian jazz sensation Nikki Yanofsky. This prodigious vocal powerhouse blew audiences away at the Montreal Jazz Festival, on the compilation tribute album We All Love Ella, and recently made her triumphant debut at Carnegie Hall. They are joined early evening by the East Coast New World Orchestra performing a spirited celebration of the region’s music by 13 of Nova Scotia’s finest musicians.

Presented By: Additional Support from:

When: 6:30-7:30 p.m. 7:30-8:30 p.m. 9:00-11:00 p.m.

Swing dance lesson East Coast New World Orchestra Count Basie Orchestra, Nikki Yanofsky, and TELUS Light On Your Feet dancing

THE LUMINATO ARMANI OPENING NIGHT PARTY Win tickets to Luminato’s by “invitation only” Opening Night Party at the ROM! Visit luminato.com/Armani for details.

Presented By:


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TELUS LIGHT ON YOUR FEET

FAMILY Event

PLACE: Yonge-Dundas Square DATE: June 6-11

FREE Event

TIMES: See below

SWING Friday, June 6th 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dance Lesson 7:30-8:30 p.m. East Coast New World Orchestra 9:00-11:00 p.m. Count Basie Orchestra, Nikki Yanofsky SQUARE DANCE Saturday, June 7th 7:00-8:00 p.m. Dance Lesson 8:00-11:00 p.m. Ashley MacIsaac, Stuart Cameron LATIN Sunday, June 8th 7:00-8:00 p.m. Dance Lesson 8:00-11:00 p.m. Salsa Performance

So you think you can’ t dance? Sure you can – we’ ll teach you! For the first six nights of Luminato, you’ll be able to boogie with the best of them in YongeDundas Square. Come early for a free lesson, then try out your new steps to the sounds of some of North America’s best dance bands. The fever starts Friday, June 6, with the grand opening night celebrations featuring Count Basie Orchestra and Nikki Yanofsky then continues over the rest of the weekend and beyond, as our instructors school you in a whole range of shoeswinging styles, including square dancing, salsa, tango and disco. The series ends on Wednesday night, June 11, with a big Bollywood finale.

TANGO Monday, June 9th 7:00-8:00 p.m. Dance Lesson 8:00-11:00 p.m. Tango Performance DISCO Tuesday, June 10th 7:00-8:00 p.m. Dance Lesson 8:00-11:00 p.m. Disco Performance BOLLYWOOD* Wednesday, June 11th 7:00-8:00 p.m. Dance Lesson 8:00-11:00 p.m. Bollywood Performance *Produced in association with Masala! Mehndi! Masti! Produced by Vince Parrell, Eventsource

Presented By:

Additional Support from: Ashley MacIsaac


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SLOW DANCING Enter a world where time stands still – or so it seems.

11 CANADIAN Premiere

See luminato.com for details

FREE Event

They appear to be still photographs: luminous shots of dancers in midmovement, projected on three outdoor screens, each several storeys high. Alone, the unexpectedness and monumental scale of these images would compel the eye. But keep looking, and suddenly you become aware of their breathtaking extra dimension. Hovering at the limits of human perception is the haunting beauty of a stillness that moves. To achieve these unique studies of the human body in ultra-slow motion, artist David Michalek used a special high-definition camera running at 1,000 frames a second. Shot at such speed, a five-second gesture expands to fill 10 minutes of screen time, opening our eyes to a strange world of almostsuspended animation.

Nejla Yatkin in Slow Dancing (Photo: David Michalek)

PLACE: University of Toronto St. George Campus

Michalek’s subjects, richly diverse in age, ethnicity and dance form, are acclaimed

DATE: June 6-15 TIME: Dusk

dancers and choreographers from around the world: artists who work in styles and traditions ranging from Japanese court dance to Afro-Brazilian capoeira, from flamenco to hip-hop, from classical ballet to hoop dancing. New Portraits of Canadian Dancers For this Canadian premiere, Luminato (with the support of SuperNova Program Development Fund donors Sandra and Jim Pitblado) has commissioned two portraits to be added to the 43 already in the show. These new portraits will feature Cree hoop dancer Sandra Lamouche, a recent graduate of the Native American studies program at the University of Lethbridge, and Toronto dancer, choreographer, teacher and film director Clarence Ford (producer and choreographer for On the One: Luminato Funk Festival, see page 13).

Co-commissioned by Luminato, Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, Walton Arts Center of Northwest Arkansas, and Sadler’s Wells, London.

Presented By: Additional Support from: Sandra and Jim Pitblado

Luminato Mobile: Customized audio tour available. Details available at venue. TEXT YES TO 586468 FOR LUMINATO MOBILE ALERTS


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QUEEN STREET CELEBRATION

TIME: 12:00-10:00 p.m.

FREE Event

As part of Luminato’ s free public opening weekend, revisit the sights and sounds of a legendary era in Toronto's popular culture.

Photo: Richard Johnson, interiorimages.ca

DATE: Saturday, June 7

Mary Margaret O’Hara

FAMILY Event

PLACE: Grange Park OCAD 100 McCaul Street

After Yorkville's "Summer of Love," Toronto's coolest scene moved south to Queen Street and the Ontario College of Art, inspiring collaborations in art and music that, by the mid '80s, had helped create the punk, new wave, and world beat eclectic mix Luminato is celebrating this year in Grange Park. On stage, from 1:30 p.m.: Johnny & the G-Rays, The "B" Girls, Mary Margaret O'Hara, The Parachute Club plus Mojah, Lillian Allen, Micah Barnes and Telmary. Meanwhile, at Ontario College of Art & Design, from noon, catch a glimpse of period artifacts and photographs, plus a video program extending past 6:30 p.m. with a panel discussion and closing cabaret by Andrew J. Paterson. Johnny & the G-Rays Photo: Tom Robe

Created and produced by Martin Robertson, Ideas in Motion. Associate producer, video and research, Henry Martinuk. In collaboration with the Ontario College of Art & Design.

Presented By:

Photo: Nigel Scott The Parachute Club Photo: Marni Grossman

When: Grange Park 1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. OCAD 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. For complete details visit luminato.com


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ON THE ONE

PLACE: Nathan Phillips Square

LUMINATO FUNK FESTIVAL FAMILY Event

Funk for the whole family Luminato’ s openingweekend celebrations continue Saturday with this all day Funk festival extravaganza. Learn to Funk with choreographer to the stars Luther Brown and Canada’ s top hip hop and Funk dancers. Live Funk music all day long will culminate with performances by two of the world’ s most famous funk groups: The 12-piece James Brown’s Soul Generals the only band backing the “Godfather of Soul” over the past 20 years, earning them the ultimate title of “Tha Funkiest Band In The World". Morris Day and The Time - who peformed at the recent Grammy Awards with Rihanna, and are well known for their work with Prince and their peformance in Purple Rain. Created and produced by Ford Entertainment and JK Live Productions.

Presented By:

DATE: Saturday, June 7

FREE Event

TIME: 1:00-11:00 p.m.


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SCOTTISH MUSIC FESTIVAL

PLACE: Yonge-Dundas Square

FAMILY Event

DATE: Saturday, June 7 TIME: 1:30-11:00 p.m.

FREE Event

PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE CELTIC COLOURS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL The Barra MacNeils

Luminato’ s opening-weekend festivities continue Saturday afternoon in Yonge-Dundas Square with a Scottish Music Festival to set you up for the National Theatre of Scotland’ s Black Watch. The all-star roster of performers features The Barra MacNeils, six siblings from Cape Breton Island who for 20 years have been among the most popular Celtic groups in Canada and the innovative super-trio Lau, one of the most sought-after acts on the current Scottish scene. They are joined by Winnipeg’ s Sierra Noble, a phenomenally versatile young violinist who specializes in traditional Métis fiddle tunes. The day will culminate with a Scottish square dance – and this is where you get to be TELUS Light on Your Feet (see page 10) – led by internationally acclaimed Nova Scotian fiddler Ashley MacIsaac. So dinna be shy; come awa’ doon!

Come celebrate the glory of Scotland’ s music, and its influence on the Canadian artists who have preserved and reinvented it.

Hosted by Max MacDonald and Joella Foulds.

When: Lau (Photo: Hugo Morris)

1:00-2:00 p.m. 2:15-3:15 p.m. 3:30-5:00 p.m. 7:00-8:00 p.m. 8:00-11:00 p.m.

Sierra Noble w/Stuart Cameron LAU Barra MacNeils Dance Lesson Ashley MacIsaac Stuart Cameron

Presented By:

Additional Support from:


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BLACK WATCH

PLACE: Varsity Arena 275 Bloor Street West

CANADIAN Premiere

DATE: June 6-15 TIME: See below

“Black Watch is an astonishing artistic whirlwind that is utterly international in its approach. The world must see this play: Immediately.” -The Herald (Scotland) The Cast of the spring 2007 productions of Black Watch (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

Never before seen in Canada, Black Watch has been stunning audiences around the world since its critically acclaimed debut at the Edinburgh Festival in 2006. So profound has been the artistic, political and social impact of this extraordinary work that one British critic called it “the first landmark cultural event of the 21st century.” Inspired by interviews that playwright Gregory Burke conducted with former soldiers who served with the legendary Scottish regiment in Iraq, director John Tiffany’s Black Watch transports its audience from a pub in central Scotland to the blistering desert plains south of Baghdad, as it follows an armoured car crew on their odyssey into the outer reaches of human experience. Winner of the 2007 Writers’ Guild Award for Best Theatre Play, Black Watch is theatre at its most shattering, its most harrowing, its most savagely funny. This is the kind of theatre that brings you leaping to your feet, or stuns you into silence – the kind of theatre you might not encounter more than once in a lifetime.

When: Friday, June 6 Saturday, June 7 Sunday, June 8 Tuesday, June 10 Wednesday, June 11 Tickets:

7:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

$46 Group Prices available (see p. 58)

Presented By:

Thursday, June 12 Friday, June 13 Saturday, June 14 Sunday, June 15

7:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

FOR TICKETS, CALL TICKETMASTER 416 872 1111 OR VISIT LUMINATO.COM

Additional Support from: Rob & Cheryl McEwen

*Production contains strong language, loud explosions, and strobelights. May be disturbing to some viewers - not suitable for young children. This Canadian Premiere is made possible with the generous support of Rob and Cheryl McEwen through a significant donation to the Festival’s SuperNova Program Development Fund.


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ILLUMINATIONS Karen Kain (Photo: Sian Richards)

THE DANCE OF LIFE/ THE LIFE OF DANCE

PLACE: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts 145 Queen St. West DATE: Saturday, June 14

FREE Event

TIME: 11:30 a.m.

Is dance undergoing yet another radical evolution? Engage with a pas de cinq of distinguished artists for this discussion on the life of dance. Jean Grand-Maître, Artistic Director of the Alberta Ballet and choreographer of The Fiddle and the Drum (see page 46) is joined by Karen Kain, Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada; Peggy Baker, founding member and former Artistic Director of Dancemakers; Toronto dancer and choreographer Clarence Ford; and teacher and dance scholar Hari Krishnan. The moderator is Toronto dance and opera critic Michael Crabb.

With Support from: Hal Jackman Foundation

ILLUMINATIONS THE PAINTED CITY: PUBLIC SPACE AS CANVAS

FREE Event

If arts and culture are the heart and soul of urban life, why confine them within the traditional boundaries of concert hall, gallery and museum? Architect and urban designer Anne McIlroy moderates a discussion of public space as artistic palette, playground, performance space and cultural destination. Joining her are Toronto’s poet laureate, Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, Ian Carr Harris, acclaimed visual artist and professor at the Ontario College of Art & Design; architect and installation artist Derek Revington; and arts curator Devon Ostrom.

With Support from: Hal Jackman Foundation

PLACE: The Music Gallery in St. George the Martyr Church DATE: June 7 TIME: 3:00 p.m.

Ian Carr-Harris


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CITY OF ABSTRACTS

17 CANADIAN Premiere

PLACE: Various Locations

FREE Event

DATE: June 10-15

PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Alternative encounters with the art of human movement – brought to you on a moving truck! One of the world’s foremost choreographers, William Forsythe is celebrated for his part in re-inventing classical dance as a dynamic 21st-century art form (his piece the second detail is performed in this year’s festival by the National Ballet and he also appears in Slow Dancing). Forsythe’s more recent explorations with The Forsythe Company have taken him beyond the confines of the stage into the realms of visual art, architecture and interactive multimedia.

streets of Toronto. As people pass by, their moving images are captured, distorted and projected onto a screen, turning the street scene into an improvised dance of spiraled, stretched bodies. When the subjects recognize their own participation in this tableau, they are encouraged to offer further movement, becoming impromptu choreographers. Look for the City of Abstracts Truck at major festival locations throughout the city!

In this, its Canadian premiere, Forsythe’s interactive video installation City of Abstracts turns a camera’s eye on the Photo: Marion Rossi

William Forsythe (Photo: Valentin Mikhailovich Baranovsky)


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MOZART DANCES

ARTIST Residency

PLACE: MacMillan Theatre 80 Queen’ s Park DATE: June 6-8

CANADIAN Premiere

MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP

TIME: See below

Three of Mozart’s works for piano and orchestra – the Concerto No. 11 in F major, the Sonata in D major for Two Pianos, and the Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major – are the inspiration for this acclaimed eveninglength work by one of the world’s most celebrated dance troupes. Recurring motifs link the three pieces: “Eleven,” danced mostly by the women; “Double,” in which the men come to the fore; and “Twentyseven,” in which all 16 performers unite in an exuberant finale. Members of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, conducted by Jane Glover, and pianists Ursula Oppens and Amy Dissanayake provide the live accompaniment as the endlessly inventive patterns of Mark Morris’ choreography – by turns playful, fantastic, ritualistic, reflective and enigmatic– unfold against the bold backdrops of British abstract artist Howard Hodgkin. Mozart Dances was commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New York), New Crowned Hope (Vienna), and the Barbican Centre (London).

Photo: Gene Schiavone

“A masterpiece . . . one of Mr. Morris’ grandest achievements.” - The New York Times Photo: Gene Schiavone

See p. 36-37 for the other MMDG programs in the residency. When:

Friday, June 6 Saturday, June 7 Sunday, June 8

Tickets:

$50, $70

7:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.

See all 3 MMDG Programs! Packages and Group Rates available (see p.58). Education and Outreach Programs available (see p. 52 for details) FOR TICKETS, CALL TICKETMASTER 416 872 1111 OR VISIT LUMINATO.COM

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE A DASH ARTS PRODUCTION

19 PLACE: Canon Theatre 244 Victoria Street DATE: June 6-15 TIME: See below

CANADIAN Premiere

“Ravishing and enchanting. Tim Supple’s all-Indian production is a Dream as you’ve never seen it.” - The Daily Mail (UK) Presented by a company of 23 Indian and Sri Lankan artists whose skills are as diverse as their backgrounds – not only actors but also dancers, singers, musicians, street acrobats and martial arts experts – this Indian Dream combines ancient traditions and modern urban sensibilities in a glorious fusion of styles and techniques. A fusion, too, of language, for the play is spoken not only in English but also in tongues native to its performers: Tamil, Malayalam, Sinhalese, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi and Sanskrit. The result is a Dream that transcends language itself; a Dream as gorgeous to the senses as it is thrilling to the mind. Following its sensational first run in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, the production played to packed houses at the Roundhouse in London, England, and twice in Stratford-uponAvon as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Complete Works festival. After a sell-out British tour, it is now playing to audiences around the world. Don’t miss this Canadian premiere of a Dream beyond your wildest imaginings. By arrangement with Roger Chapman, Matthew Byam Shaw and Act Productions. Original production commissioned by the British Council. First presented in the UK at the Royal Shakespeare Company Complete Works Festival in June 2006. When:

Friday, June 6 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7 1:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Sunday, June 8 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 11 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 12 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 13 8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 14 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Sunday, June 15 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Tickets:

$50, $60, $70 Group Prices available (see p.58)

Presented By:

Archana Ramaswamy in A Midsummer Night's Dream


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DENNIS CLEVELAND MIKEL ROUSE

ARTIST Residency

PLACE: Toronto Film School Studio 39 John Street

TRILOGY World Premiere

Pioneering composer, director and performer Mikel Rouse turns the banalities of TV into a poetic lament for the American soul. Don’t miss this opportunity to accompany one of the world’s leading avant-garde composers on his quest through the changing spiritual landscape of modern American life - straight from LA and New York! Dennis Cleveland is a multimedia environmental opera set entirely in a talk-show studio. A chorus of “guests” relate their sorry tales of lost love, obsession, crime and regret. But as their disjointed emotional sagas unfold, it becomes apparent that what they are really telling is the story of Cleveland’s own life. Drawing not only on the clichés of trash-talk TV but also on such literary sources as Sinclair Lewis’s Elmer Gantry and John Ralston Saul’s Voltaire’s Bastards, Dennis Cleveland offers a brilliant and disquieting critique of the late 20th century’s promise of salvation through popular culture. Luminato presents this opera in a worldpremiere repertory trilogy with its two companion works: Rouse’s one-man show Failing Kansas and his The End Of Cinematics, an eye-popping blend of computer-generated visual effects and live performance. When:

Saturday, June 7 Sunday, June 8

4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Tickets:

$35 General Admission (see Helpful Hints, p. 59)

Save when you see the entire trilogy! Packages available (see p. 58)

Presenting Sponsor:

DATE: June 7-8 TIME: See below


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STREETSCAPE PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH

FAMILY Event

FREE Event

21 PLACE: Regent Park Parliament Street Slip Jarvis Street Slip Brookfield Place DATE: June 6-15 See luminato.com for details

The city becomes the gallery, as outdoor art transforms Toronto. Toronto becomes host to some of the best street artists, wall-painters and boundary-pushing multimedia creators, who will re-imagine the city’s post-industrial waterfront, housing communities, and urban spaces in the midst of revitalization as monumental canvases. Large in scale, bold and beautiful in content, these transformed regions of Toronto will become an inspiring beacon for public creativity, as Photo: Sam Rauch cutting-edge contemporary art bursts out of the galleries and onto the streets in a celebration of colour and light. Conceived in association with Bruce Ferguson on behalf of the AGO. Sam Rauch, Curator, Visiting Artists Devon Ostrom (Manifesto), Curator, Local Progamming Seema Jethalal (Manifesto), Production Manager, Local Programming Created and produced with assistance by Manifesto.

StreetScape Blog Read the StreetScape Blog for behind-the-scenes insights into this exciting project from the artists and curators. Visit luminato.com for details. *Education and Outreach Programs available (see p. 52 for details) ReSurface @ The Drake Hotel Brought to you by Style in Progress June 7, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Live graffiti art, breakdancing, & music in the alley. Fun for all ages!

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WHERE THE BLOOD MIXES

WORLD Premiere

PLACE: Factory Theatre 125 Bathurst Street DATE: June 7-8 TIME: See below

PLAYHOUSE THEATRE COMPANY

Can individuals survive their pasts – and can a people survive their history? Billy Merasty and Quelemia Sparrow in Where the Blood Mixes (Photo: Itai Erdal)

Luminato is proud to present the world premiere of Where the Blood Mixes, by Vancouver-based actor and playwright Kevin Loring. A play about survival and reconciliation, full of humour and shrewd observation, Loring’s play is as mythic as it is modern. Where the Blood Mixes is the story of Floyd, a native man whose daughter was taken into care by social services two decades earlier. Now, as Floyd prepares for a reunion with his child, he must find a way to cope with his guilt – a guilt that is exacerbated by the country’s growing awareness of the abuse of First Nations children in the residential school system.

Tantoo Cardinal and Billy Merasty in Where the Blood Mixes (Photo: Itai Erdal)

A member of the Nlaka’pmux First Nation in Lytton, B.C., and winner of the 2005 Vancouver Arts Award for Emerging Theatre Artist, Kevin Loring is currently an artist in residence at the Playhouse Theatre Company. Where the Blood Mixes won 2nd place in the 2007 Herman Voeden National Playwriting Competition. Kevin is honoured to share this story of his tiny village in the BC interior with the international audience of Luminato in Toronto. Co-commissioned by Luminato and the Playhouse Theatre Company, Vancouver. Developed in association with The Savage Society and Western Canada Theatre.

Where the Blood Mixes Blog Read the Where the Blood Mixes Blog for behind the scenes insight into the creative development of the play. Visit luminato.com for details.

When:

Saturday, June 7 Saturday, June 7 Sunday, June 8

4:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Tickets:

$35 General Admission (see Helpful Hints p. 59)

FOR TICKETS, CALL TICKETMASTER 416 872 1111 OR VISIT LUMINATO.COM


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THE ECSTASY OF RITA JOE

PLACE: Factory Theatre 125 Bathurst Street DATE: Sunday, June 8 TIME: 2:00 p.m.

BY GEORGE RYGA

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of a landmark Canadian drama with this special reading.

Frances Hyland and Chief Dan George in the Playhouse Theatre Company world premiere of The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (Photo: Mac Parry)

Cinematic in its use of montage techniques and hypnotic in its power, George Ryga’s The Ecstasy of Rita Joe was one of the first plays in Canada to confront the issues facing our native peoples. Songs and tableaux are woven into its story of a young aboriginal woman who comes to the city only to die on Skid Row. Ryga’s seminal and compelling drama is presented in a staged reading by a company that includes Kevin Loring, playwright of Where the Blood Mixes. Tickets:

$25 General Admission (see Helpful Hints p. 59)

ILLUMINATIONS ABORIGINAL ENCOUNTERS

FREE Event

PLACE: Factory Theatre 125 Bathurst Street DATE: Sunday, June 8 TIME: 5:00 p.m.

Questions about justice and identity, nationhood, aboriginal rights and the meaning of home. In 1967, Canada’s centennial year, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe was one of the first works of art to raise crucial questions about the experience of our native peoples. A flowering of cultural expression among our First Nations artists has since brought those issues to worldwide attention, and now, more than 40 years later, the world premiere of Where the Blood Mixes takes a frank look at the state of things today. Meet its playwright, Kevin Loring, as he and other internationally acclaimed aboriginal artists engage in dialogue with the audience. Paul Seesequasis moderates the panel, which also includes playwright Tomson Highway, novelist and teacher Joseph Boyden and Sandra Laronde, founder and Artistic Director of Red Sky Performance.

Kevin Loring


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DIASPORA DIALOGUES: LAUNCH OF TOK, BOOK 3

FREE Event

PLACE: The Drake Hotel Underground 1150 Queen Street West DATE: Wednesday, June 11 TIME: 8:00 p.m.

PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH DIASPORA DIALOGUES

Come to the literary cabaret!

Toronto leads the world as one of its most ethnically varied cities. That reality is reflected in the new fiction, poetry and drama commissioned and presented by Diaspora Dialogues, an organization dedicated to building artistic and literary bridges between the city’s many cultures. Luminato is proud to partner with Diaspora Dialogues in launching TOK: Writing the New Toronto, Book 3, the third installment of an anthology celebrating the diverse voices of the city in short stories, plays and spoken-word poetry. The launch event is a star-studded literary cabaret, showcasing new work from Giller-nominee Alissa York (Effigy); American Library Association Alex Award winner Judy Fong Bates (Midnight at the Dragon Café); award-winning playwright and poet Daniel David Moses (Almighty Voice and His Wife); spokenword performer and musician Shauntay Grant; and playwright Yvette Nolan, Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts. The evening will also showcase debut work from two emerging Toronto writers and a performance featuring the salsa rhythms of vocalist Lady Son (a.k.a. Yeti Ajasin) and her Latin fusion band Articulo Veinte.

Presenting Sponsor:


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CELEBRATION OF ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER Award-winning authors David Bezmozgis and Dara Horn pay tribute to a literary legend.

25 PLACE: Al Green Theatre (Miles Nadal JCC) 750 Spadina Avenue (at Bloor) DATE: Sunday, June 8 TIME: 3:00 p.m.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Revered as a master storyteller, Nobel Prize-winning writer Isaac Bashevis Singer explored Jewish life from the landscapes of Eastern Europe to New York. Singer’s superlative ability to weave a tale now finds parallels in a new generation of writers, including two contemporary star authors whose work explores similar themes of immigration, family, politics and ultimately, compassion. Latvian-born Canadian writer David Bezmozgis is the author of the much-celebrated Natasha and Other Stories, winner of the City of Toronto Book Award and the Commonwealth Regional Prize for First Book. Dara Horn, named one of Granta magazine’s Top Young American Novelists, is the author of The World to Come, winner of the National Jewish Book Award, and selected as an Editor's Choice in The New York Times Book Review. Tickets:

Be sure to join these two stellar talents in their celebration of a remarkable man and the literary legacy to which they are heirs.

Presenting Sponsor:

“Each page of her novel is a marvel” –The San Francisco Chronicle on Dara Horn’s The World to Come

“Jewish immigrant literature is strewn with such stellar names as Bellow and Malamud and Roth…Bezmozgis has worked hard to show that he belongs in the same company.” – LA Weekly

$10

Available at Ticketmaster outlets* and at T.O. TIX in Yonge-Dundas Square. *Additional fees apply to internet and telephone bookings. Please note that on June 8, 2008, there will be road closures on Bloor Street due to the annual Festival on Bloor (between Bathurst and Spadina). This includes the intersection where the Al Green Theatre is located. We recommend that you allow additional travel time to the theatre.


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SANCTUARY SONG TAPESTRY AND THEATRE DIRECT

WORLD Premiere

FAMILY Event

PLACE: The Berkeley Street Theatre, Downstairs 26 Berkeley Street DATE: June 6-14 TIME: See below

A dynamic collaboration between two award-winning Toronto companies, Tapestry and Theatre Direct, Sanctuary Song weaves opera, dance and theatre together to tell a story from the point of view of a most unusual protagonist. Composed by Abigail Richardson and written by Marjorie Chan, Sanctuary Song takes place on a journey to sanctuary in the hills of Tennessee, as an aging elephant recounts her life in captivity to her friend and keeper of 22 years. From her abduction by poachers in the jungle, to her time in the circus, and finally through her solitary years in a zoo, Sydney relives her memories of roaming freely with family and friends. Upon their arrival, her keeper’s promise of freedom is fulfilled, and a bittersweet goodbye turns to joyous reunion.

“No more circuses. No more zoos.... You will be free!”

Sanctuary Song was commissioned by Theatre Direct and developed in partnership with Tapestry new opera works with support from the Canadian Opera Creation Program at Opera.ca

Image by Rossignol Design

When:

Friday, June 6 7:00 p.m. (Preview) Saturday, June 7 1:00 p.m. Sunday, June 8 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 12 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 13 7:00 p.m. Saturday, June 14 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. School Performances ($12) June 10, 11 and 12 at 12:30 p.m. *Post performance question & answer sessions available after each performance.

Tickets:

$25.00 adults $15.00 children (14 and under) & students $70.00 family pack (four people/must include one young person under age 14)

Education and Outreach Programs available (see p. 52 for details) FOR TICKETS, CALL TICKETMASTER 416 872 1111 OR VISIT LUMINATO.COM


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ROCKET AND THE QUEEN OF DREAMS WORLD Premiere

27 PLACE: Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People 165 Front Street East DATE: June 8-15 TIME: See below

FAMILY Event

ROSENEATH THEATRE Photo: Jona Stuart

“ To sleep, perchance to dream . . .” And what a dream! Rocket is a little boy with a problem: he’s afraid of monsters. His father assures him that there are no monsters in his room, his house or his neighbourhood – but Rocket already knows all that. The monsters he’s afraid of are in his dreams. Through a brilliant fusion of shadow theatre, puppetry and live performance, this world premiere takes us on a magical journey into the ethereal world we normally know only in our sleep. Produced by Toronto’s award-winning Roseneath Theatre, Rocket and the Queen of Dreams is written by internationally acclaimed playwright David S. Craig (Danny, King of the Basement), with puppet design by David Powell and a full original score by Richard M. Sacks. Inspired by actual children’s dreams, this magical and empowering experience will delight, encourage and inspire young audiences, while resonating in the imaginations of grown-ups as well.

With Support from: J.P. Bickell Foundation

When:

Sunday, June 8 Saturday, June 14 Sunday, June 15

2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

School Performances ($11) June 9, 10, 11 and 12 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m *Post performance question & answer sessions available after each performance. Tickets:

$20 adults, $15 children (14 and under) $25 stage seats* (see text box) General Admission (see Helpful Hints p. 58-59)

Education and Outreach Programs available (see p. 52 for details)

*Shadow Puppetry from Behind the Scenes! Watch the show from behind the screen and see how puppeteers make shadow puppets come alive! A limited number of seats will be available on stage, providing families with a unique perspective into the art of shadow puppetry. A special introduction to the creative process with selected members of the creative team with enhance your behind-the-scenes experience.


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FESTIVAL OF THE SHORT STORY

PLACE: Toronto Reference Library Palmerston Branch Parkdale Branch Northern District Branch

FREE Event

PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY Eight authors, six collections of stories and four libraries across the city. From inter-linked tales of Toronto’s Portuguese community in Anthony De Sa’s Barnacle Love to the dark and humorous tales of Elyse Friedman’s Long Story Short, the sheer variety of short fiction being produced in Canada today is truly breathtaking. The Festival of the Short Story brings together unique combinations of Canadian writers to read from their work and discuss their common craft. With: Pasha Malla (The Withdrawal Method); award-winning short story writer Ahmad Saidullah (Happiness and Other Disorders); Sharon English (Zero Gravity) whose work has been long-listed for the Giller Prize; award-winning author Caroline Adderson (Pleased to Meet You), and Journey Prize writers Rebecca Rosenblum and David Whitton. Moderated by Jane Urquhart, Lynn Coady, Caroline Adderson and Russell Smith. SCHEDULE: Elyse Friedman and Pasha Malla (moderated by Caroline Adderson) Saturday, June 7, 2:00 p.m. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. Anthony De Sa and Caroline Adderson (moderated by Russell Smith) Monday, June 9, 12:30 p.m. Parkdale Branch, 1303 Queen Street West Ahmad Saidullah and Sharon English (moderated by Jane Urquhart) Thursday, June 12, 7:00 p.m. Palmerston Branch, 560 Palmerston Ave David Whitton and Rebecca Rosenblum (moderated by Lynn Coady) Friday, June 13, 12:30 p.m. Northern District Branch, 40 Orchard View Blvd

Presenting Sponsor:

For more information on other events at the TPL please see p. 52

DATE: June 7-13 TIME: See below


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THE CANADIAN SONGBOOK

29 PLACE: Massey Hall 178 Victoria St. DATE: Monday, June 9

PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH

TIME: 7:30 p.m.

Hey, they’re singing our song! The story of a nation is told in its songs as well as its history books, and Canada has never lacked for superb musical narrators. From the chansonniers of Quebec to such icons as Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, Canadian troubadours have won acclaim throughout the world, their distinctive voices helping construct an epic account of a land and its people. Now, in an intimate evening at Massey Hall, a new generation of musicians pay homage to this country’s greatest songwriters. Festival artists and special guests will be accompanied by Luminato’s own handpicked house band. Great music, great artists, and a hook to catch the hearts of anyone to whom Canada is more than just a name on a map: it’s not just our songs they’ll be singing, but our stories too.

Presented By:

Tickets:

$40, $50, $60

Visit luminato.com for artist updates.


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TORONTO’S MILLE FEMMES

FREE Event

PLACE: Allen Lambert Galleria Brookfield Place DATE: June 9-15

BY MARAVAL

The artistic landscape of Toronto – celebrated in the faces of 1,000 magnificent women French artist Pierre Maraval calls his photo exhibitions ‘‘human landscapes,’’ each a collection of 1,000 portraits of individuals linked by a common characteristic or shared passion. Athletes, AIDS workers, Internet pioneers, and women from some of the world’s greatest cities are among those whom Maraval has celebrated since he began his project in ’93. Now he turns his lens on Toronto and the women who enrich the city’s flourishing cultural scene through Toronto’s Mille Femmes. Toronto’s Mille Femmes is a tribute to 1,000 artistic, creative and inspiring women from Toronto and their protégés, who embody the passion and heritage of the city. Architects, actors, dancers, designers, journalists, musicians and others have been chosen in recognition of their achievements and leadership in their field. Joined together, the 1,000 portraits will become a visual network, a chain of recognition that celebrates not only an extraordinary community of women, but also the creative character and diversity of Toronto.

Photo: Jacques Gavard

Visit the exhibit to discover the magnificence of our city!

Presented By:

www.luminato.com/lancome

Images from 2007 Mille Femmes Montreal Exhibition by Maraval

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COLOUR... FOR THE END OF TIME

31 PLACE: Isabel Bader Theatre 93 Charles Street West DATE: Monday, June 9 TIME: 7:30 p.m.

GRYPHON TRIO

Imagine if two or more of your senses were somehow linked together - if you could see colours when you hear sounds. Photo: Kazuki Ishikura

A brilliant marriage of music and image devised to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer and synesthete Olivier Messiaen, Colour…for the End of Time also explores the remarkable effects of this astonishing and rare neurological condition. Drawing on Messiaen’s own accounts of how musical chords would summon specific colours to his mind’s eye, the Juno Award-winning Gryphon Trio – violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys and pianist Jamie Parker, joined for the occasion by clarinetist James Campbell – have created a striking visual accompaniment to the piece he composed in 1941 while interned in a German prisoner-of-war camp: Quartet for the End of Time. As the musicians play, abstract colours and textures, designed by artist Bernard White, are projected in a visual display that heightens and transforms the experience of listening to one of the most beautiful, moving and transcendently spiritual chamber works of the 20th century.

Synesthesia Synesthetes inhabit a world slightly, but magically, different from that of most people — a world of extra colours, shapes, and sensations. For synaesthetes, the experience of a single sense is accompanied by sensations in other sensory modalities.

Colour…for the End of Time will be preceded by a 20-minute talk on scientific findings about synesthesia and its link to music and the visual arts. Photo: Kazuki Ishikura

Tickets:

$25, $35

This performance is made possible with the generous support of Rob and Cheryl McEwen, in name of the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine, in recognition of the vital connection between science and the arts.


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POLITICAL GRAPHIC NOVEL

PLACE: Al Green Theatre (Miles Nadal JCC) 750 Spadina Avenue (at Bloor) DATE: Sunday, June 8 TIME: 7:00 p.m.

From the war in Iraq to the life of Che Guevara, the medium of graphic novels becomes political in this evening of literature, illustration and discussion.

Tickets: $10 Available at Ticketmaster outlets* and at T.O. Tix in Yonge-Dundas Square. *Additional fees apply to internet and telephone bookings. General Admission (see Helpful Hints section p. 59) Please note that on June 8, 2008, there will be road closures on Bloor Street due to the annual Festival on Bloor (between Bathurst and Spadina). This includes the intersection where the Al Green Theatre is located. We recommend that you allow additional travel time to ensure that you are not late for the event.

Presenting Sponsor:

PLACE: Varsity Arena DATE: Saturday, June 14 TIME: 11:00 a.m.

As a medium in which to discuss serious political and historical issues, the graphic novel came of age with Art Spiegelman’s Maus and Marjane Satrapi’s super-hit Persepolis. Join Luminato and host Peter Birkemoe, owner of The Beguiling, Toronto’s top graphic novel and comics bookstore, for an evening with award-winning Canadian author and illustrator Bernice Eisenstein (I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors), who joins underground comics sensation Spain Rodriguez to launch his new book, Che: A Graphic Biography, and Anthony Lappé and Dan Goldman for the Canadian premiere of Shooting War, an exploration of the war in Iraq and the influence of alternative news media.

ILLUMINATIONS ART IN THE AGE OF TERROR

John Ralston Saul

FREE Event

What does it mean to be an artist in the age of terror? In our own age, as the theatre of war intrudes into our living rooms, as war increasingly becomes a spectacular media event, has the role of art vis à vis war undergone a radical change? Neil Murray, Executive Producer of the National Theatre of Scotland and Laurie Anderson, creator of the “concert-poem” Homeland (next page) are among the panelists in this discussion. Also participating are philosopher and essayist Mark Kingwell, and Jeffrey Dvorkin, professor of journalistic ethics at Georgetown University. Moderated by John Ralston Saul.

With Support from:


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HOMELAND

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CANADIAN Premiere

PLACE: The Music Hall 147 Danforth Avenue

LAURIE ANDERSON

DATE: June 13-14 TIME: 9:00 p.m.

“I walk accompanied by ghosts.”

Laurie Anderson

Conceived as a single piece of music, Homeland is a series of songs and stories that paint a poetic and political portrait of contemporary American culture. Though they move through many worlds, from Greek tragedy to modern business and politics, they all address the current climate of fear and obsession with information and security that envelops the west. They are also – like all of Anderson’s work – deeply personal and utterly unique. Since 1980, when her hit single O Superman reached second place on the British pop charts, Anderson has been recognized around the world as one of today’s premier performance artists.

Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist and instrumentalist. Perhaps Laurie Anderson’s most sonically sophisticated production to date, Homeland is a haunting tour de force of spoken word and music. Commissioned by Luminato and The Barbican Centre, London; Cal Performances at UC Berkeley; Melbourne International Arts Festival; Society for the Performing Arts, Houston, Texas; and the University of Florida, Gainesville. When:

Friday, June 13 Saturday, June 14

Tickets:

$40, $50

9:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.

FOR TICKETS, CALL TICKETMASTER 416 872 1111 OR VISIT LUMINATO.COM

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FAILING KANSAS MIKEL ROUSE

PLACE: Factory Theatre 125 Bathurst Street

ARTIST Residency

DATE: June 13-15 TIME: See below

TRILOGY World Premiere

Mikel Rouse’ s “Counterpoetry” seeks answers to an incomprehensible crime. In 1959, a pair of ex-convicts brutally murdered a farm family in Holcomb, Kansas, a story famously told by Truman Capote in his “non-fiction novel” In Cold Blood. The facts of the case are well known – but how and why could the killers have acted as they did? That’s the question investigated in Failing Kansas, a seminal multimedia opera conceived, written and directed by Mikel Rouse and directly inspired by Capote’s book. Rouse’s inquiry into this sensational case led him beyond narrative, into the realms of pure sound – and to the technique of “counterpoetry” that is now central to all of his work. "Counterpoetry" is the use of multiple unpitched voices in strict metric counterpoint. Recorded voices, arranged in Counterpoetry with each other and with Rouse’s own live vocals as he performs solo against an abstract film background, form a prism of competing spoken texts. These words, drawn from transcripts of the actual trial, poems by Robert W. Service and Thomas Gray, Pentecostal hymns, and the letters and diaries of the killers themselves, are embedded in a hypnotic matrix of melody and rhythm declared by The Los Angeles Times to be “as memorable as the best pop, but better made.” Photo: Roger Woolman

Themes of ritual, religion and the mystery of fate, all resting uneasily with the hope of redemption, combine not only in Failing Kansas but also in the two other works by this boundary-breaking composer, presented by Luminato together in repertory for the first time ever: Dennis Cleveland (see page 20) and The End Of Cinematics (see pages 42).

When:

Friday, June 13 Saturday, June 14 Sunday, June 15

7:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

Tickets:

$35 General Admission (see Helpful Hints p. 58-59)

Save when you see the entire trilogy! Packages available (see p. 58)


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THE GLASS EYE

35 PLACE: Enwave Theatre 231 Queens Quay West DATE: June 10-13

LOUIS NEGIN AND MARIE BRASSARD

TIME: See below

PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Photo: Catherine Chagnon

A collaboration between two artists, The Glass Eye is a “play around a play” that combines art and documentary, dreams and reality.

Louis Negin is a Toronto actor, a 40-year veteran of stage and screen, both in Canada and abroad. Marie Brassard is a Montreal-based director, playwright and performer renowned for her imagistic collaborations with Robert Lepage. The two have virtually nothing in common, save their love of their work; yet from their differences of age, gender, culture and sensibility has sprung a theatrical hybrid unlike any other: not so much a play, in Brassard’s words, as a theatrical objet d’art. Its genesis was a one-man show written by Negin in 2005. Entitled Polo’s Fantasy: a Faux Memoir, it concerned the adventures of a young gay man who escapes the restrictions of life in Toronto in the 1940’s by inventing an alter ego and moving to Montreal, where he gains entrée into the glamorous world of night-clubs, Louis Negin in The Glass Eye (Photo: MacSween)

showgirls and gangsters. Rooted in Negin’s own childhood fantasies, it was in part a joyous homage to a now-departed era. But Brassard saw in the piece a larger and more intriguing possibility: a journey into the mind and memories of Negin himself. The result, built around Negin’s original text, is a wide ranging reflection on celebrity, theatre, movies, sex and love – and the effect on them all over the passage of time. It is, in Negin’s words, “a collage of memories, dreams, fantasies and truth.” Produced by Infrarouge, co-commissioned by the Luminato Festival and Usine C. When:

Tuesday, June 10 Wednesday, June 11 Thursday, June 12 Friday, June 13

Tickets:

$35

8:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.


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ALL FOURS/ VIOLET CAVERN MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP ARTIST Residency

PLACE: MacMillan Theatre 80 Queen’ s Park DATE: June 10-11 TIME: 8:00 p.m.

CANADIAN Premiere

Violet Cavern (Photo: Susana Millman)

Be sure to experience this rare opportunity to feel the dynamic power of one of the world’s most spectacular ensembles. All Fours, a piece in five movements, gives visual expression to the symmetries and tensions of Bartók’s String Quartet no. 4 as its 12 dancers explore the various permutations of four-way pursuit among pairs of couples. In the ultra-high-energy Violet Cavern, 15 dancers seem to defy gravity as they leap and spin amid a spatial symphony of suspended planes created by scenic artist Stephen Hendee. The unique score, commissioned by Morris, is composed and performed by the avant-garde jazz collective The Bad Plus – described by Rolling Stone as “hot players with hard-rock hearts.” See next page and p.18 for other MMDG Programs in this residency.

When:

Tuesday, June 10 Wednesday, June 11

Tickets:

$50, $70

8:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

See all 3 MMDG Programs! Packages and Group Pricing available (see p. 58) Education and Outreach Programs available (see p. 52)

Presented By:


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LIEBESLIEDER WALTZES/ GRAND DUO

PLACE: MacMillan Theatre 80 Queen’ s Park

ARTIST Residency

MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP

DATE: June 14-15 TIME: See below

CANADIAN Premiere

An exploration of love in its many forms. Love can be both ardent and fleeting, both tender and violent, a source both of anguish and of solace. In Love Song Waltzes and New Love Song Waltzes, his two ravishing ballets set to Brahams’ Liebesliederwalzer, op. 52 and Neue Liebesliederwalzer, op.65, master choreographer Mark Morris examines love in all its multitudinous aspects, both intimate and social. Accompanying the Liebeslieder Waltzes’ Canadian premiere is Grand Duo, Morris’ interpretation of Lou Harrison’s Grand Duo for Violin and Piano, an epic spectacle ablaze with primal energy.

When:

Saturday, June 14 Sunday, June 15

Tickets:

$50, $70

See all 3 MMDG Programs! Packages and Group Pricing available (see p. 58) Education and Outreach Programs available (see p. 52)

Presented By: See previous page and p.18 for other MMDG Programs in this residency.

Grand Duo (Photo: Marc Royce)

6:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.


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THE DARK CITY

PLACE: Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People 165 Front St. E DATE: Thursday, June 12 TIME: 7:00 p.m.

PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE WALRUS FOUNDATION

Be careful out there. The noir novel has long been a staple of urban American fiction. But what about Canada? The Walrus asked Canadian novelists to sketch their cities as grittier, sexier and darker that you might ever have imagined. Join host and awardwinning actor Nicholas Campbell, editor Ken Alexander and authors Austin Clarke, Heather O’Neill, and Greg Hollingshead, among others, for an evening of noir sketches, smoky jazz by the incomparable Molly Johnson, cold beer, fine wine, smart talk and urban fare. Tickets:

$125 Walrus subscribers $150 non-subscribers General Admission (see Helpful Hints p. 59) (Adults only tonight)

Molly Johnson

ILLUMINATIONS CROSSING THE LINE: DISAPPERING BOUNDARIES IN THE ARTS

FREE Event

Engage with artists on the front lines as they explore this brave new world without borders. It is in Canada’s global village that artists from all over the world cross the line to abolish boundaries between artistic disciplines, cultures, and media. Graham Sheffield, Artistic Director of London’s Barbican Centre, moderates this discussion with a panel of internationally acclaimed artists from a wide range of disciplines: Canadian set and costume designer Michael Levine, Greek-born composer and University of Toronto professor Christos Hatzis, composer Mikel Rouse, and Montreal director Marie Brassard (The Glass Eye, see page 35).

PLACE: Toronto Film School Studio 39 John St. DATE: Sunday, June 8 TIME: 1:00 p.m.

Michael Levine


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NUNAVUT

PLACE: Isabel Bader Theatre 93 Charles Street West

KRONOS QUARTET

DATE: June 12-13

WITH SPECIAL GUEST TANYA TAGAQ

Adventures beyond musical frontiers – and a world premiere.

Photo: Jay Blakesberg

Featuring a ground-breaking collaboration between the Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet and Inuit vocalist Tanya Tagaq, Nunavut’s program was created as a means of exploring the clarity, directness and unique relationships of music from the far north. The Kronos Quartet has always explored musical territory far beyond the boundaries of traditional string-quartet repertoire, collaborating with such diverse composers and performers as Philip Glass, Bollywood diva Asha Bhosle, and Tom Waits. Tanya Tagaq, whose collaborators have included the Icelandic vocalist Björk and the Galician Celtic group Lau, is no less eclectic in her art, adapting the distinctive call-and-response improvisations of Inuit throat singing to such radically different urban styles as electronica, dance and rave. Traditionally performed by two women attempting to outdo each other as they vocalize in turns, the second throat singer in Nunavut is the quartet. Also featured will be works by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho; Canadian composer and flautist Derek Charke; Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós; Norwegian electrofunk band Xploding Plastix and the world premiere of a piece commissioned for Luminato by Hurdy-Gurdy. When:

Thursday, June 12 Friday, June 13

Tickets:

$40, $50

8:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

With Support from: The McLean Foundation

TIME: See below


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NITIN SAWHNEY:

ARTIST Residency

A THROW OF DICE

PLACE: Molson Amphitheatre 909 Lakeshore Blvd West DATE: Friday, June 13 TIME: 9:30 p.m.

Nitin Sawhney Photo: Chris Lopez

A FILM BY FRANZ OSTEN WITH A NEW SCORE BY NITIN SAWHNEY

CANADIAN Premiere

PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH MASALA! MEHNDI! MASTI! Composer and cultural prodigy Nitin Sawhney and Members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra breathe new life into a classic of Indian cinema.

Ancient South Asian legend, early cinema and new music entwine in one shining example of Luminato’s interconnectedness: the screening of India’s 1929 silent classic A Throw of Dice, with a new orchestral score by the multi-talented British phenomenon Nitin Sawhney, performed live by Members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. A Throw of Dice

A sumptuously filmed tale of love and hazard, A Throw of Dice was inspired by an episode from the Mahabharata, the great Hindu epic of ancient India. In it, two neighbouring kings are pitted against each other, risking their kingdoms and the woman they both love, in a fateful game of dice. Produced by arrangement with Fandango Sir, BFI and Silent Music.

Tickets:

$20

FOR TICKETS, CALL TICKETMASTER 416 872 1111 OR VISIT LUMINATO.COM

NITIN SAWHNEY CLUB NIGHT AND VIDEO GAME WORKSHOP CLUB NIGHT Saturday, June 14, 10:30 p.m.

VIDEO GAME WORKSHOP Wednesday, June 11, 7:30 p.m.

Join Nitin at Revival (83 College Street) as he spins world music beats with live musicians.

Come to the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. W) for a unique workshop on a composer’s approach to scoring video games

$15 at the door.

Produced in Association With dorkArmy, $20.


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SPOTLIGHT ON NEW SOUTH ASIAN WRITING

41 PLACE: Al Green Theatre (Miles Nadal JCC) 750 Spadina Avenue (at Bloor) DATE: Saturday, June 14 TIME: 7:00 p.m.

Hear readings from British poet Daljit Nagra (Look We Have Coming to Dover!), winner of the 2007 UK Forward Poetry Prize for best new collection; Canadian author Jaspreet Singh, whose new book Chef explores the complexity of Kashmir; and Padma Viswanathan (The Toss of a Lemon), one of Random House of Canada’s New Faces of Fiction, 2008. An evening of readings and discussion from new South Asian voices of the Diaspora exploring the nature of exile and belonging through poetry and fiction. Join host, Shyam Selvadurai, bestselling Canadian author of Funny Boy, Cinnamon Gardens, and Swimming in the Monsoon Sea, for an evening featuring three authors’ very different perspectives on the cultures of South Asia and the West.

Tickets:

$10*

Available at Ticketmaster outlets* and at T.O. Tix in Yonge-Dundas Square. *Additional fees apply to internet and telephone bookings.

Presenting Sponsor:

ILLUMINATIONS SOUTH ASIAN EXPRESSIONS: EAST MEETS WEST A panel of internationally renowned artists shares its thoughts on one of the most fruitful relationships ever to have arisen between two cultures half a world apart. The influence of South Asian artistic expression on the culture of the West has become inestimable, and shows no signs of abating. That influence is apparent in music and the cinema, in literature and dance - and it achieves a glorious theatrical apotheosis in British director Tim Supple’s multilingual, multidisciplinary reimagining of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (see page 19). Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Supple in public dialogue with fellow director Charles Roy, currently preparing a production of the great Indian classic Shakuntala; A Throw of Dice composer Nitin Sawhney; and Indian-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta, director of the acclaimed trilogy Fire, Earth and Water. Moderated by Luminato Curator of Literary Programming, Devyani Saltzman.

FREE Event

PLACE: Berkeley Street Theatre DATE: Tuesday, June 10 TIME: 7:00 p.m.


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THE END OF CINEMATICS MIKEL ROUSE

ARTIST Residency

PLACE: Bluma Appel Theatre 27 Front Street East DATE: June 10-12

TRILOGY World Premiere

TIME: See below

Can film still challenge us? Can a communal cinematic experience still change our lives, or have corporate agendas hijacked an industry that once aspired to art? These are among the questions posed by The End Of Cinematics, the third in Mikel Rouse’s trilogy of multimedia operas presented by Luminato this season. Inspired by two essays by Susan Sontag – The Decay of Cinema (1996) and A Century of Cinema (1997) – The End Of Cinematics is a dreamlike meditation on the possibilities of film in an age attuned to the fragmented media experiences of channel-surfing, YouTube and MTV. In a piece as technically dazzling as it is thought-provoking, Rouse has used digital technology to remove actors’ images from a film that he shot on the real streets of Paris in 2002. That depopulated film, projected on panels, serves as the backdrop for a theatrical presentation, conceived, written and directed by Rouse, in which live performers’ images are captured on video and projected in real time onto a scrim.

Like the other two parts of his trilogy, Failing Kansas (see page 34) and Dennis Cleveland (see page 20), The End Of Cinematics combines Rouse’s distinctive technique of “counterpoetry” (multiple unpitched voices layered in counterpoint) with a complex yet highly accessible score. The result is an immersive, sensual experience that pushes the boundaries of art, film, music and ideas. When:

Tuesday, June 10 Wednesday, June 11 Thursday, June 12

Tickets:

$25, $35, $45

7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Save when you see the entire trilogy! Packages available (see p. 58) FOR TICKETS, CALL TICKETMASTER 416 872 1111 OR VISIT LUMINATO.COM

Photo: Dan Merlo


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THE LUMINATO REEL

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PLACE: National Film Board Mediatheque 150 John Street DATE: June 7-11

PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH

TIME: See below

Luminato and the National Film Board of Canada present free film screenings of documentaries that follow the creation of Luminato presentations, films that inspired the festival programming, and supplementary work from Luminato artists. Each film is preceded by a National Film Board film. Saturday, June 7 Twelfth Night – 2:00 p.m. The Channel 4 feature film version of Tim Supple’s Twelfth Night, scored by Nitin Sawhney. Preceded by the NFB film The Stratford Adventure. *Direct from Havana - Vida! – 7:30 p.m. The world premiere of Veronica Tenant’s documentary on the making of one of the hits of last year’s festival, followed by a conversation with the filmaker. Preceded by the NFB film Flamenco at 5:15.

Flamenco at 5:15 The Stratford Adventure

Sunday, June 8 The Urban Elephant – 11:00 a.m. A screening of the PBS Nature documentary on the plight of elephants that inspired Sanctuary Song followed by a chat with the creators of the play. Preceded by NFB film Champions of the Wild – Elephants. *Direct from Havana - Vida! – 2:00 p.m. The world premiere of Veronica Tenant’s documentary on the making of one of the hits of last year’s festival. Preceded by the NFB film Flamenco at 5:15. Twelfth Night – 7:30 p.m. The Channel 4 feature film version of Tim Supple’s Twelfth Night, scored by Nitin Sawhney, followed by a conversation with the director. Preceded by the NFB film The Stratford Adventure. Monday, June 9 A double bill of filmed productions from the Mark Morris Dance Group. In between the films, the renowned choreographer Mark Morris will be speaking about the works. Dido & Aneaus and Falling Down Stairs – 7:00 p.m. A Mark Morris Dance Group creation featuring Tafelmusik (Dido & Aneaus) and Yo-Yo Ma (Falling Down Stairs, directed by Atom Egoyan). Preceded by the NFB film Flamenco at 5:15.

Wednesday, June 11 A String Quartet in Her Throat – 8:00 p.m. A documentary on the making of Nunavut, the musical collaboration between Kronos Quartet and Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, including a post-film discussion with Kronos Music Director David Harrington and Tanya Tagaq. Preceded by the NFB film Toonik Time. *The commissioning of Vida! was made possible by the generous support of Gretchen and Donald Ross through the Luminato SuperNova Program Development Fund.


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DAN ZANES AND FRIENDS ARTIST Residency

It’ s Woodstock for kids! The family music of award-winning Dan Zanes and Friends appeals to anyone who enjoys a rollicking good tune, regardless of age. Sea shanties, North American and West Indian folk music, fiddle tunes, the spirit of rock-and-roll, soulful originals: they’re all part of the unique musical mix that sets this modern day pied piper and his band apart from all other family musicians. Formerly the lead singer and songwriter for the 1980s rock-n-roll band the Del Fuegos, Dan Zanes went solo in the ’90s, and then in 2000 scored a huge hit with Rocket Ship Beach, the first in a toe-tapping, guestcelebrity-studded series of recordings that also includes Family Dance, Night Time! and the Grammy-nominated House Party. His most recent CD, Catch That Train!, won the 2007 Grammy for Best Musical Album for Children. It features the diverse talents of the Kronos Quartet, the Blind Boys of Alabama, “Father Goose” (Rankin Don) and the children of South Africa’s Agape Orphanage. Dan Zanes and Friends are performing two concerts at The Music Hall – but that’s not all! As part of his weeklong Luminato Artist Residency, he’ll also be engaging with families through such special events as sing-alongs and workshops. So get ready to sing and dance with wild abandon, because it’s gonna be one big music party – and everyone’s invited! Families are invited to stay after the performance to meet Dan Zanes and his band.

When:

Sunday, June 15 Sunday, June 15

1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

Tickets:

$35 adults, $25 children (14 and under) Babes in arms come for FREE!* *Children under 18 months must sit on the lap of the accompanying adult.

FOR TICKETS, CALL TICKETMASTER 416 872 1111 OR VISIT LUMINATO.COM

PLACE: The Music Hall 147 Danforth Avenue DATE: Sunday, June 15 TIME: See below FAMILY Event

Dan Zanes Community Outreach Sponsors:


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COMMUNITY OUTREACH FREE Event

During his Luminato residency Dan Zanes will engage with the Toronto community through a variety of sing-a-longs, workshops and other related events. Exploring the Science of Music at the Ontario Science Centre Saturday, June 14 In partnership with the Ontario Science Centre, Luminato will offer an interactive workshop where families will experiment with unusual materials to explore the science of soundwaves, frequencies and vibrations, and hear Dan perform a few of his signature songs (free with admission to the Ontario Science Centre). Following the workshop, Dan Zanes will also engage with other areas of the Science Centre through informal and interactive family sing-a-longs. Meet Dan Zanes at the Kiehl’s Store Monday, June 9, 4:00 p.m. Meet Dan Zanes at Kiehl’s Since 1851, situated at 2518 Yonge St and enjoy a fun filled, interactive family sing-a-long. Storytime at the Toronto Public Library Tuesday, June 10 and Wednesday, June 11 Multicultural storytelling and sing-a-longs will entertain families of all ages. See p. 52 for information about other Education & Outreach events at the Toronto Public Library. Dan Zanes at Luminat’eau - Harbourfront Centre Music Workshops & Family Jam Session Saturday, June 14 - Vichy Healthy Skin Centre, 3:00 p.m. Local artists will work with families to make simple percussion instruments out of recycled materials, followed by a ‘How to Grow a Family Band’ jam session using the instruments created. School Programs are also available. For more information and a full schedule of the Dan Zanes Luminato residency visit: luminato.com/danzanes

Photo: Anna Williams


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THE FIDDLE AND THE DRUM & ETUDES & THE SECOND DETAIL

ALBERTA BALLET PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Anthony Pina and artists of the Alberta Ballet in The Fiddle and the Drum (Photo: Charles Hope)

PLACE: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts 145 Queen Street West DATE: June 13-22 TIME: See below

In collaboration with Jean Grand-Maître, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Alberta Ballet, world-renowned singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell gives passionate expression to her lifelong concern with the issues of conflict, violence and humanity’s continuing devastation of the environment. Performed by the Alberta Ballet, this searing critique of humanity’s drive to destruction combines Mitchell’s music and visual art with Grand-Maître’s semi-abstract choreography. Its primary inspiration is Mitchell’s 1985 album Dog Eat Dog, but the score also includes new songs.

"…a great artist has inspired greatness in her fellow artists…There's a sensuality to the moves that reflect the anger and passion of the songs themselves.” - The Calgary Sun, 2007

As companion pieces, The National Ballet of Canada presents two very different examples of the short ballet form. Harald Lander’s Etudes, one of the most popular of all ballets, pays affectionate tribute to the art of classical dance itself. By contrast, the second detail, by William Forsythe, whose video installation City of Abstracts is also featured by Luminato this year (see page 17), seeks to alter our perception of what dance is. Oblique, hard-edged, playful and physical, the second detail is quintessential Forsythe. When:

Friday, June 13 Saturday, June 14 Sunday, June 15 Wednesday, June 18 Thursday, June 19 Friday, June 20 Saturday, June 21 Sunday, June 22

Tickets:

$45, $55, $85, $105, $120, $135, $155, $200

Presented By:

Additional Support from:

Artists of The National Ballet of Canada in Etudes (Photo: David Street)

7:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.


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GREEN FLAG SONG JONI MITCHELL

47 PLACE: CTV Queen Street 277 Queen St. West

FREE Event

DATE: June 6-22 TIME: See below

PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Joni Mitchell’ s mixed-media canvases offer a poetic discourse on humanity’ s struggle with itself. The world knows Joni Mitchell primarily as a singer and songwriter. But she’s also a visual artist who brings to her vivid and arresting images the same profound social, political and spiritual conviction that informs her music.

Joni Mitchell

Dark ironies abound in these massive triptych canvases depicting narratives on the histories of war and revolution. As a comment on the nature of the mass media, Mitchell captured her images – both documentary and dramatized – from the screen of a dying TV, then manipulated them to reflect her own distinctive vision of the world we live in. The work’s nightmarish themes of death and destruction exist in stark contrast to the greens and pinks throughout her colour palette. A deeply personal response to centuries of human strife and fear, Green Flag Song also embodies the artist’s hope that its power may foster greater collective awareness of the need for change.

When:

Monday - Wednesday Thursday - Saturday Sunday

Major Media Partners:

11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Luminato Mobile: Customized audio tour available. Details available at venue. TEXT YES TO 586468 FOR LUMINATO MOBILE ALERTS


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LUMINATO AT THE DISTILLERY

PLACE: The Distillery Historic District 55 Mill Street DATE: June 13-15

PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE FREE Event

Take a voyage of discovery – cultural and culinary! Divine Brown Photo: Hightop Studio

Over the final three days of Luminato, the entire Distillery Historic District will be transformed by the creativity, aspirations and talent of Toronto’s emerging artists – all under the age of 30! Embark on a weekend-long odyssey of exploration curated especially for Luminato by the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, where some of the city’s most fascinating spaces will play host to a feast for the senses that all generations will enjoy. As you roam through the entire pedestrian-friendly site, you’ll find something new around every corner, including dancers, string quartets, spoken-word performances and visual art. Your journey will take you from the Luminato Link slip through the Distillery’s cobblestone streets, culminating in The Young Centre experience, where 6 indoor spaces will feature a variety of artistic creations.

Alex * Cuba All Stars

These include BLINK, a new collective creation by the Soulpepper Academy that explores faith and meaning across three worlds: the industrialized West, the developing world, and the dream world; as well as showcasing the best of Toronto’s youth creation performances.

Quartetto Gelato


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Clockwise from top right: Nicolas Billon, Stephen Guy-McGrath, Sarah Wilson, Jennifer Villaverde, Weyni Mengesha, Mike Ross, Michael Blake, Kevin MacDonald, and Lorenzo Savoini.

BLINK PRESENTED BY THE SOULPEPPER ACADEMY Tank House Theatre Young Centre for the Performing Arts

Trinity Square will play host to the OLG Music Stage featuring Divine Brown, Quartetto Gelato, and the Alex *Cuba All Stars who will perform in the open air on Friday and Saturday night, and on Sunday afternoon. All this, and a festival of street food too, enabling you to sample an amazing array of affordable gourmet creations from some of Toronto’s top chefs. So much to see, hear and feel – and so much to taste as well!

Schedule: Friday June 6, 8:30 PM; Saturday June 7, 2:30 and 8:30 PM; Monday June 9, 8:30 PM; Tuesday June 10, 8:30 PM; Thursday June 12, 8:30 PM; Friday June 13, 8:30 PM; Saturday June 14, 2:30 and 8:30 PM; Sunday June 15, 2:30 and 8:30 PM. Tickets: $25

OLG Music Stage Presented By: When: Friday, June 13 Saturday, June 14 Sunday, June 15

6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Additional Support from:

THE LUMINATO LINK – FREE! Ride in style by boat or TTC express bus between closing weekend’s two major sites: Harbourfront and the Distillery District.

BOAT SCHEDULE June 13 June 14 June 15

4:00 p.m. – Midnight 12:00 p.m. – Midnight 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

TTC EXPRESS BUS SCHEDULE June 13 June 14 June 15

6:00 p.m. – Midnight 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Major Media Partners:


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LUMINAT’EAU:

PLACE: Harbourfront Centre

CARNIVAL H2O

DATE: June 13-15 TIME: See below

PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH

In a magnificent finale FAMILY Event to the 2008 Luminato Festival, this weekend-long water carnival transforms the heart of Toronto’s waterfront into a joyous riot of creativity and celebration to enrapture all of your senses.

FREE Event

Junior Reid


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World music, water dances, and a giant firewalk parade!

Amazones - Master Women Drummers of Guinea

Here are just a few of the many exciting activities in store: Friday check out FishNet: The Great Lakes Craft and Release Project, an exhibition involving more than 3,600 local school children, educators and artists. Hear the incredible Rizwin-Muazzam Qawwali, whose centuries-old musical style has been embraced as one of the glories of modern world music and catch the late Friday night Luminat'OH! Cabaret with David Gale. Jamaican reggae with Junior Reid on Saturday is a "don't miss" concert. Hear the heart beat of the Amazones - Master Women Drummers of Guinea mingling with the sounds of children’s merriment. Share encounters with Voyageur canoeists, water dances with the Thai Dance Troupe of Ottawa and DanzArte, and enjoy wakeboarding demos. The weekend highlight will be Saturday evening’s giant fire-walk parade, where you can join with thousands of other revelers, giant fish, birds, sea creatures and deities, and an accompanying torch-lit flotilla of canoes and kayaks on the water. When:

Friday, June 13 Saturday, June 14 Sunday, June 15

6:00 p.m. – Midnight 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

For complete details visit luminato.com

THE LUMINATO LINK – FREE! Ride in style by boat or TTC express bus between closing weekend’s two major sites: Harbourfront and the Distillery District.

BOAT SCHEDULE June 13 June 14 June 15

4:00 p.m. – Midnight 12:00 p.m. – Midnight 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

TTC EXPRESS BUS SCHEDULE June 13 June 14 June 15

6:00 p.m. – Midnight 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

States of H2O Orchestra, Steve Mann

A feast of sights and sounds awaits you on this special weekend.

With Support from:


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EDUCATION & OUTREACH Organically linked with the curatorial vision of the Festival, Luminato?s Education and Outreach Programs engage and inspire students, teachers and the community through participation in interactive and inclusive encounters with the arts.

SCHOOL PROGRAMS Luminato’s arts-based School Programs support the classroom curriculum, while providing opportunities for experiential learning through workshops, student matinee performances, study guides and question & answer sessions. For more information about specific School Programs, visit luminato.com/education or call 416 368 3100 ext. 231.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH Luminato’s Community Outreach Programs increase engagement and accessiblity to the Festival through interactive programming, free public events, and ticket accessibility programs. Dan Zanes Artist Residency (see pages 44-45 for details). Dancing with Parkinson’s Building on the Mark Morris Dance Group’s ground-breaking Dance for Parkinson’s program, MMDG dancers will lead a special dance workshop for people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers. Luminato at the Toronto Public Library Luminato is proud to partner with the Toronto Public Library, collaborating on special Family Programs that will bring Luminato to library branches throughout the city of Toronto. These include: Shadow Puppetry with Puppetmongers Theatre Storytelling and shadow puppetry demonstrations featuring shadow puppets from Roseneath Theatre’s Rocket and the Queen of Dreams. Storytime with Dan Zanes Multicultural storytelling and sing-a-longs will entertain families of all ages! Family dance workshops with the Mark Morris Dance Group Dance at the library with members of the internationally acclaimed Mark Morris Dance Group.

Luminato wishes to acknowledge the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s generous support of the Festival’s Education & Outreach Programs.

Luminato Family Arts Adventure Guide Listings that will encourage families to engage in various Luminato activities and events through arts-based games, behind-the-scenes information, and opportunities for artistic and creative response. Youth Outreach Youth outreach programs include various artist workshops, guided tours, volunteer opportunities and internships with the Festival. Youth participation is also central to the Luminato StreetScape installations in Regent Park. Local artists and youth will work collaboratively to create their own interpretations of street art and weave it through the narrative of their neighbourhood. Volunteer Outreach This extension of the Luminato Volunteer Program provides a specialized group of festival volunteers with unique opportunities to experience the Festival while participating in relevant training, networking and arts-focused professional development workshops. For more information on all Education & Outreach Programs visit luminato.com/outreach or call 416 368 3100 ext. 231

Additional Support From:

Sidney Lee Dream Foundation, Inc.

Dan Zanes Community Outreach Sponsor:

Family Arts Adventure Guide Supported By:


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SEE, HEAR, FEEL, TASTE! Luminato Dinner Series June 7 -14 A festival of fine dining created by Toronto’s finest chefs celebrating the artistry of Luminato featuring Chris McDonald (CAVA); Claudio Aprile (COLBORNE LANE); David Lee (SPLENIDIDO); Guido Saldini (NOCE); Guy Rubino (RAIN); Laurie Bandur (TRUFFLES): Mark McEwan (ONE) and (BYMARK). Visit luminato.com for details. Presented By:

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ENHANCE YOUR EXPERIENCE TELUS

DATES:

Luminato First Night June 6

TELUS is proud to present Luminato’s FREE Opening Weekend Celebrations June 6-8. Opening Weekend featured artists include Nikki Yanofsky and the Count Basie Orchestra, Lau, the Barra MacNeils and Ashley MacIsaac.

TELUS Light on Your Feet June 6-11

From June 6-June 11, enjoy TELUS Light on Your Feet, a participatory community dance lesson at Yonge-Dundas Square, and the visually stunning Slow Dancing installation at University of Toronto, St. George Campus.

Slow Dancing June 6-15 Queen Street Celebration June 7

Move your body throughout the Festival and celebrate with TELUS as you discover your hidden talents!

On the One, Luminato Funk Festival June 7 Scottish Music Festival June 7

www.telus.com

BMO FINANCIAL GROUP We are thrilled to be sponsoring Luminato again in 2008. As Presenting Sponsor of the Alberta Ballet’s The Fiddle and the Drum and the Mark Morris Dance Group Artist Residency, BMO encourages Luminato participants to celebrate the beauty of movement as expressed by some of North America’s leading choreographers.

NATIONAL BANK FINANCIAL Creativity is music to our ears. And the fact that we're sponsoring The Canadian Songbook, a tribute to Canadian songwriters, makes listening even better.

DATES: The Fiddle and the Drum June 13-22 MMDG See p.18, 36-37 for details

Enjoy your Luminato Festival experience, whatever the weather, with help from The Weather Network! Access your most up-to-date forecasts on TV, online or on your mobile. We’re proud to be Luminato’s official weather source.

OLG Proudly Presents Music at the Distillery. Experience a world of music on one spectacular stage!

PLACE: Distillery District DATE: June 13-15 TIME: Daytime & evenings

www.olg.ca

PLACE: Massey Hall DATE: June 9 TIME: 7:30 p.m.

See you at the show.

THE WEATHER NETWORK

OLG

Check your local forecast at: theweathernetwork.com

MANULIFE FINANCIAL Leading by example, our employees clearly demonstrate that they care deeply about the communities where they live and work. In this spirit, Manulife is pleased to sponsor the Luminato Volunteer Program. Manulife and our employees look forward to being part of Luminato 2008 – celebrating 10 days of arts, culture and creativity.

MILL STREET BREWERY Mill Street Brewery – 2008 Canadian Brewery of the Year – is proud to sponsor Luminato. Join us at the Festival Hub and dance the night away on Yonge-Dundas Square.

Join the Luminato Volunteer Program! Visit luminato.com for more information

PLACE: Mill Street Brew Pub at the Luminato Hub Yonge-Dundas Square DATE: June 6-11 TIME: Daytime & evenings


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BACKSTAGE ACCESS L’Oréal Paris invites you to experience the buzz of backstage excitement. Choose your look with L’Oréal’s own beauty experts. Salsa, Ballroom or Hip Hop – you’ll be ready to dance the night away with perfect hair and makeup. Join us at Yonge-Dundas Square during the Light on Your Feet event!

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PLACE: Light on Your Feet Yonge-Dundas Square DATE: June 6-9 TIME: Evenings

For more visit luminato.com/lorealparis

TORONTO’ S MILLE FEMMES BY MARAVAL Lancome joins Luminato and French artist Pierre Maraval to celebrate 1000 of Toronto’s most magnificent women in the arts and cultural world. Lancome is proud to support this work of art and invites you to visit this unique photographic exhibit at the Allen Lambert Galleria.

55 PLACE: Allen Lambert Galleria at Brookfield Place DATE: June 9-15 TIME: Daytime

For more visit luminato.com/lancome

CELEBRATE QUEEN STREET’S MUSIC HISTORY Kiehl’s joins Luminato in celebrating Queen St. music heritage. Toronto DJs bring the Queen St. vibe in-store with their chart-topping hits from the past. Join us during this unique event and experience a personalized Kiehl’s consultation complete with samples of chart-topping favourites.

PLACE: Kiehl`s Since 1851 407 Queen St. West DATE: Thursday, June 5 Saturday, June 7 TIME: Daytime

ENERGIZE YOUR SKIN Inspired by the energizing environment of street art, Biotherm invites you to an invigorating treat and to discover the latest energy boost in skin care. Meet us at the space and recharge yourself!

PLACE: StreetScape Parliament Street site DATE: June 13-15 TIME: Daytime

For more visit luminato.com/biotherm

Find out more at... luminato.com/kiehls

CELEBRATING THE DANCER L’Oréal Professionnel is proud to support the Alberta Ballet’s The Fiddle and the Drum Program. L’Oréal celebrates the dancer with a unique menu of Up-Dos inspired by the ballerina and created only for L’Oréal Professionnel salons across the City. Get your hair styled by Toronto’s top stylists and help raise funds for the National Ballet School during Luminato. For more visit luminato.com/lorealprofessionnel

TAKE CARE WITH GARNIER

PLACE: The Fiddle and the Drum Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts DATE: June 13-15 TIME: Matinees & evenings

Full details at luminato.com/garnier

Live the Big Apple vibe at the Redken & Maybelline New York Loft! Get a taste of authentic NY graffiti culture as you receive your free makeover from our professional hair stylists and makeup artists. See and feel the excitement with two of New York’s hottest brands, only at Luminato.

PLACE: Fermenting Cellar Distillery District DATE: June 13-15 TIME: Daytime

Full details at luminato.com/nyc

PLACE: Luminat’ Eau Harbourfront Centre DATE: June 13-15

Discover beauty through nature. Come see, hear and feel the Take Care space for a unique beauty experience - plus don’t miss Garnier’s celebration of light and sound at Luminat’Eau.

THE SPIRIT OF NEW YORK

TIME: Daytime & evenings

HEALTHY SKIN CENTRE Beautiful skin starts with healthy skin. Visit us to receive a complete skin diagnosis and learn how to best care for your skin. Vichy is a proud supporter of Dan Zanes’ residency at Luminato – join us at the Vichy kiosk for music workshops and jam sessions on June 14 for an afternoon of family fun! Full details at luminato.com/vichy

PLACE: Luminat`Eau Harbourfront Centre DATE/TIME June 13-15 Jam Sessions with Dan Zanes: Saturday, June 14 TIME: Daytime & evenings


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FESTIVAL AT A GLANCE JUNE6-15, 2008 CELEBRATIONS LUMINATO FIRST NIGHT Yonge-Dundas Square TELUS LIGHT ON YOUR FEET Yonge-Dundas Square QUEEN STREET CELEBRATION Grange Park/OCAD ON THE ONE: LUMINATO FUNK FESTIVAL Nathan Phillips Square SCOTTISH MUSIC FESTIVAL Yonge-Dundas Square LUMINATO AT THE DISTILLERY Distillery District LUMINAT'EAU: CARNIVAL H2O Harbourfront Centre

MUSIC MIKEL ROUSE TRILOGY: DENNIS CLEVELAND Toronto Film School FAILING KANSAS Factory Theatre THE END OF CINEMATICS Bluma Appel Theatre HOMELAND The Music Hall THE CANADIAN SONGBOOK Massey Hall COLOUR...FOR THE END OF TIME Isabel Bader Theatre NUNAVUT Isabel Bader Theatre DAN ZANES AND FRIENDS The Music Hall

DANCE MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP: MOZART DANCES MacMillan Theatre ALL FOURS / VIOLET CAVERN MacMillan Theatre LIEBESLIEDER WALTZES / GRAND DUO MacMillan Theatre THE FIDDLE AND THE DRUM Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

FILM A THROW OF DICE The Molson Amphitheatre

LITERATURE DIASPORA DIALOGUES: LAUNCH OF TOK BOOK 3 The Drake Hotel CELEBRATION OF ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER Al Green Theatre POLITICAL GRAPHIC NOVEL Al Green Theatre FESTIVAL OF THE SHORT STORY Toronto Public Library Branches

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SPOTLIGHT ON NEW SOUTH ASIAN WRITING Al Green Theatre

THEATRE BLACK WATCH Varsity Arena A MIDSUMMER NIGHT?S DREAM Canon Theatre WHERE THE BLOOD MIXES Factory Theatre THE ECSTASY OF RITA JOE Factory Theatre SANCTUARY SONG Berkeley Street Theatre ROCKET AND THE QUEEN OF DREAMS Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People THE GLASS EYE Enwave Theatre

VISUAL ARTS & DESIGN SLOW DANCING U of T, St. George Campus CITY OF ABSTRACTS Va rious Locatio ns STREETSCAPE Regent Park / Jarvis Street Slip / Parliament Street Slip / Brookfield Place TORONTO’S MILLE FEMMES Brookfield Place GREEN FLAG SONG CTV Que en Stre et

ILLUMINATIONS THE DANCE OF LIFE/THE LIFE OF DANCE Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts THE PAINTED CITY: PUBLIC SPACE AS CANVAS The Mus ic Gall ery ABORIGINAL ENCOUNTERS Fa ctory The atre ART IN THE AGE OF TERROR Varsity Arena THE DARK CITY Lorraine Kimsa The atre for Young People CROSSING THE LINE: DISAPPEARING BOUNDARIES IN THE ART Toronto Film School SOUTH ASIAN EXPRESSIONS: EAST MEETS WEST Berkeley Stre et The atre THE LUMINATO REEL NFB Mediatheque

VISIT LUMINATO.COM TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT YOUR OWN FESTIVAL PLANNER!

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TICKETS HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS:

Call 416 872 1111 or 1 866 577 4277 or visit online at luminato.com In Person at T.O. TIX at Yonge-Dundas Square:

Hours June 6-7 June 8-9 June 10-14 June 15

12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

T.O. TIX is owned and operated by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts - TAPA All tickets are in CDN funds and are inclusive of GST and venue facility fees, but subject to additional phone and internet charges. Artists, programs and ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All ticket sales are final and non-refundable.

GROUP SALES AND HOTEL PACKAGES: GROUP TIX Luminato is pleased to offer discount rates for groups of 15 or more to select performances. Call 647 438 5559 or 1 866 447 7849 or go to www.thegrouptixcampany.com

ARTIST PACKAGES: Mark Morris Dance Group After a 10 year absence, the Mark Morris Dance Group makes its triumphant return to Toronto with 3 exciting performances during Luminato. Our Mark Morris Dance Group Series Package includes top price seating to all 3 programs, a 10% discount on these tickets and the same seating for each performance. HURRY – PACKAGES ONLY ON SALE UNTIL FRIDAY, May 2, 2008! Package 1 MOZART DANCES

June 7, 2008 - 8:00 p.m. – MacMillan Theatre

VIOLET CAVERN

June 10, 2008 - 8:00 p.m. – MacMillan Theatre

LIEBESLIEDER WALTZES June 14, 2008 - 6:00 p.m. – MacMillan Theatre $189.00

Package 2 MOZART DANCES

June 8, 2008 - 2:00 p.m. – MacMillan Theatre

VIOLET CAVERN

June 11, 2008 - 8:00 p.m. – MacMillan Theatre

LIEBESLIEDER WALTZES June 15, 2008 - 2:00 p.m. – MacMillan Theatre $189.00 To order these packages, please call Ticketmaster at 416 872 1111 or order online at luminato.com/tickets Discounts cannot be applied to previously purchased single tickets. Packages are for specific performances listed above. Package prices do not reflect additional fees and services charges which may apply for phone and online bookings.

Mikel Rouse Trilogy Luminato is proud to present 3 works of composer Mikel Rouse being performed for the first time anywhere. Purchase the Mikel Rouse Trilogy Package and receive a 15% discount off the normal ticket price. HURRY – PACKAGES ONLY ON SALE UNTIL FRIDAY, May 2, 2008! Package 1 DENNIS CLEVELAND

June 7, 2008 - 9:00 p.m. – Toronto Film School

END OF CINEMATICS

June 11, 2008 - 7:30 p.m. – Bluma Appel Theatre

FAILING KANSAS

June 14, 2008 - 10:00 p.m. – Factory Theatre

GREAT ADVENTURE TOURS You can purchase a complete travel package for you or your family. Packages include a widerange of Toronto hotels and access to Luminato’s hottest tickets. All prices quoted include all taxes. Call 1 800 638 3945 for more information.

COMMUNITY RUSH A limited number of tickets for all performances* will be available for $20 per ticket from the Festival Box Office at the T.O. TIX Booth in Yonge-Dundas Square. Tickets only available the day of the performance beginning at noon and continue until all Community Rush tickets have been sold or until 4:00 p.m. (whichever occurs first). Cash only, limited to two tickets per person. *Available for all ticketed public performances which have a ticket price over $20 (except Sanctuary Song & The Dark CIty).

$97.75 Package 2 DENNIS CLEVELAND

June 7, 2008 - 4:00 p.m. – Toronto Film School

END OF CINEMATICS

June 12, 2008 - 7:30 p.m. – Bluma Appel Theatre

FAILING KANSAS

June 15, 2008 - 4:00 p.m. – Factory Theatre $97.75

Package 3 DENNIS CLEVELAND

June 8, 2008 - 7:00 p.m. – Toronto Film School

END OF CINEMATICS

June 10, 2008 - 7:30 p.m. – Bluma Appel Theatre

FAILING KANSAS

June 13, 2008 - 7:00 p.m. – Factory Theatre $97.75

MIKEL ROUSE TRILOGY packages available only via phone through Ticketmaster, 416 872-1111, or at T.O. TIX and other Ticketmaster outlets. We regret that MIKEL ROUSE TRILOGY packages are not available for sale online and apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. Discounts cannot be applied to previously purchased tickets. Packages are for specific performances listed above. Package prices do not reflect additional fees and services charges which may apply for phone and outlet bookings.

GETTING AROUND THE FESTIVAL: It is recommended you take full advantage of Toronto’s TTC mass transit system of buses, streetcars and subway. For schedules and information, please visit www.ttc.ca or call 416 393 4636 or visit GO Transit at www.gotransit.com.and outlet bookings.


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HELPFUL HINTS General Admission Events: • Some of our ticketed events are general admission, which means seating is not assigned and available on a first come, first serve basis. Please review your tickets to check if an event you purchased is a general admission event.

If you have purchased tickets to an event with general admission seating, arrive early for the best selection of available seating.

A small number of seats may be reserved at general admission events for sponsors, donors and other invited guests.

Doors for most of our venues open approximately 30 minutes before the performance is scheduled to begin (unless otherwise noted); however, sometimes for reasons beyond our control this may not occur and we apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Arrive on Time: Our performances start promptly at the time listed on the ticket, so please allow sufficient time for travel, parking, ticket collection and other pre-performance activities. Latecomers: For the safety and comfort of the performers and other audience members, latecomers will be admitted into venues at a suitable break during the performance. Similarly, if you leave a performance for any reason once it has commenced, you will only be re-admitted during a suitable break in the performance. Late seating breaks vary from performance to performance and some performances (especially those without intermissions) may not include a late seating break. We regret that we cannot provide refunds to those who arrive after the performance has begun. Tickets: In order to maintain a safe environment, everyone attending ticketed performances must possess a valid ticket, including babes in arms (except when noted). For our children’s programs, please make sure you purchase a ticket for everyone attending the performance.

Bag Check: Many of our venues have policies regarding the checking of bags and other larger items as condition of entry and we recommend that you, whenever possible, bring only with you what is necessary. Audio/Video Recording & Photographs: Unless otherwise noted, audio and video recording and taking photos (including camera phones) at performances is prohibited for copyright reasons. You may be asked to check these items as a condition of entry. Mobile Phones: We request that mobile phones be turned off prior to the start of a performance. If you must keep your phone turned on, please place it on silent or vibrate mode. Also, please remember that light from your phone may be distracting to other audience members. Accessibility: Luminato and its artistic and venue partners are committed to providing barrier free access. If you require wheelchair seating, please advise the ticket agent at time of purchase. Additionally, many of our venues provide other amenities for people with disabilities such as assistive listening devices. If you require more information on services available for people with disabilities, please contact the Luminato offices at info@luminato.com or call 416 368 3100. Free Events: Free events are limited to the capacity of the venue, admission is on a first come, first served basis, and all are general admission (not assigned seating). Please arrive early to ensure your admittance. As a courtesy to others, we regret that we cannot allow people to hold space for friends and family in lines for free events. We thank you in advance for your cooperation. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Luminato offices via e-mail at info@luminato.com or call 416 368 3100. For other Helpful Hints and up to date program and performance information, please visit our website, www.luminato.com

GET INVOLVED! VOLUNTEER AT LUMINATO Luminato is seeking enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to assist in a variety of roles during our second annual 10 day festival. Our aim is to have a volunteer force as diverse as our programming and the city of Toronto. Our volunteers enhance the visitor experience by providing guests of the Festival with information, onsite support and by working with the Luminato staff in a variety of roles. Volunteering at Luminato also provides many rewards. As a Luminato volunteer, you will receive a complimentary 2008 t-shirt and hat, have access to last minute tickets offers, have a lot of fun and most importantly, make a difference in our visitors’ lives. For more information, please call 416 368 3100 (ext. 230) or visit www.luminato.com

Volunteer Program Sponsor:

Luminato could not succeed without the dedication of more than 500 valued volunteers. Their role as ambassadors for Luminato, and for Toronto as a whole, is vital to the Festival’s commitment to collaboration, accessibility and diversity in creating a world class event. In this spirit, Manulife is pleased to sponsor the Luminato Volunteer Program 2008. Luminato, the Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity, is a registered charitable organization dedicated to celebrating the creative spirit by showcasing excellence in the arts and fostering new artistic collaborations. Charitable Registration # 81163 7347 RR0001


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