June 1 to 3, 1 & 8 p.m.
Choreographer Peter Troztmer performs Norman, a journey inside the mind of Canadian filmmaker Norman McLaren (Narcissus, Neighbours). Virtual projections and live choreographed movement produce an imaginative ode to the legend.
St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts (27 Front St. E.), $20- $50; call 416-870-8000 for tickets.
BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY
June 1 to 10, each evening from dusk to midnight.
From acclaimed Montreal-based artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer comes Pulse Front, an interactive
light spectacle. Powered by the heartbeat of onlookers—that means you!—this combination of technology and artistry features the brightest searchlight in the world.
Harbourfront Centre (207 Queens Quay W.), free.
June 1 to 10
Live@Courthouse celebrates the numerous influences of New Orleans, which has helped define American jazz and churned out legendary musicians. Catch such acts as trumpeters Kevin Clark and William Sperandei, while enjoying a good dose of Southern hospitality.
Live@Courthouse (57 Adelaide E.); call 416-214-9379 for tickets and information.
VIVA LA VIDA
June 1 to 17
Cuban history comes to life through song, dance and various expressions of Spanish and Afro-Cuban influences in Vida!, which shares the memories of an elderly woman as she relives her past. See Havana’s popular all-female dance troupe, Danza Cuba, in action as they premiere their sultry, stunning and unique dance style in Canada for the first time.
Royal Alexandra Theatre (260 King St. W.), $20-$85; call 416-870-8000 to buy.
BANG IT OUT
June 2 & 3, noon to 8 p.m.
Complete with exotic crafts, ethnic cuisine and a children’s play area, the Muhtadi International Drumming Festival is a weekend-long celebration of beat-banging rhythmic expression. The festival showcases diverse performers from more than 20 cultures.
Queen’s Park (at University and Wellesley avenues), free.
WORTH THE RISK
June 4 to 9, 7:30 p.m.; June 10, 4 p.m.
The thin line between reality and fantasy is blurred in a street-wise adaptation of George F. Walker’s 1997 play, Risk Everything. Polish director Grzegorz Jarzyna reinvents Walker’s theatrical work, using the streets of Toronto as a fitting milieu for a world of crime, addiction and prostitution.
Harbourfront Centre, New World Stage (235 Queens Quay W.), $50; call 416-870-8000 to purchase.
WHEN EAST MET WEST
June 7 to 9
Constantinople, a multimedia performance based on the historical city, embraces ideals of spiritual harmony and ethnic unity. The Juno Award-winning Gryphon Trio and composer Christos Hatzis delve into these timely issues to present a socially relevant musical.
St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front St. E.), $20-$50; call 416-870-8000 to charge.
June 4 to 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Travel back through history with 50 Years of Photojournalism: 1939-1989, a collection of renowned images which encompass despair, triumph and tribulation. Ryerson’s Black Star Historical Black & White Photography Collection presents three theme-based projection areas that display more than 350 images predominantly in digital format. The exhibition celebrates historical icons and events that shaped the present human condition.
First Canadian Place Gallery (100 King Street W., 416-862-6858); free.
June 6, 1 p.m.; June 7, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Get lost in a fairytale world of wizards, ballerinas, heroes and evil villains as Petrouchka & Kshetram–Dancing the Divine takes you on a multimedia roller coaster performed through bharatanatyam dance and Indian music.
Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People (165 Front S. E.), $15; call 416-870-8000 for tickets.
FROM WINNIE, WITH LOVE
June 8 & 9, 8 p.m.
South Africa’s turbulent history is celebrated through the eyes of one of its most infamous figures, Winnie Mandela, wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, in a new digital opera, The Passion of Winnie. Through video clips and music, including anti-apartheid chants and melodies, South Africa’s struggle for freedom is movingly depicted.
Isabel Bader Theatre (91 Charles St. W.), $30-$40; call 416-870-8000 to buy.
For more about Luminato, please see:
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Top 5 Luminato Events You Won’t Want to Miss
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