If imagination is the core of the soul, then Toronto’s spirit is strong indeed, and on full display during Luminato. This annual celebration of arts and creativity brings to the city an international array of theatrical and dance performances, world-music concerts, visual art displays, literary events and much more—all of which you can read about here daily. Expand your horizons and imagine new heights; for 10 days in Toronto, anything is possible.
TODAY’S TOP TICKETS
DOUBLE STANDARD Approach your viewing of Two Faced Bastard with an open mind—or better yet, a mind split in two. Addressing dualities of existence, this hard-to-classify stage show is actually two simultaneously occurring performances, each viewed by one half of the audience, that eventually combine in a humorous and provocative dance-theatre mash up. Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, 227 Front St. E., 4 p.m., $50.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE A historic act of courage is revived by Toronto’s Erika Batdorf and her company in One Pure Longing: Táhirih’s Search. The multi-disciplinary work employs dance, poetry and traditional music to tell the story of a Persian woman who, in 1848, was executed for appearing publicly without a veil. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., 8 p.m., $35.
MORE MUST-SEE SHOWS
>> Pay tribute to Luminato co-founder David Pecaut, who succumbed to cancer last December, by viewing the Atom Egoyan–curated film installation Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids)/Light Air. Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St., 11 a.m. to 5 pm., free.
>> Art, fashion and beauty are woven into the world-renowned stitch works of Canadian Mark Fast’s Luminato-exclusive display. Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St., all day, free.
>> Reflect on your life’s journey aboard a 30-foot Chinese junk, meant to explore artists’ and writers’ fascination with the image of an uncaptained Ship O’ Fools. Trinity Bellwoods Park, Queen Street West and Strachan Avenue., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., free.
>> Members of Chunky Move, the company that presents Two Faced Bastard, provide insight into the show at a Lunchtime Conversation. Roots (2nd floor), 100 Bloor St. W., 12:30 p.m., free.
>> Three points of view merge in this afternoon’s preview of The Africa Trilogy, an exploration of East meets West uniting playwrights, directors and performers who ask: How do we see each other? Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queen’s Quay W., 1 p.m., $30 to $45.
>> Catch the last Luminato performance of the National Ballet’s West Side Story Suite, presented as part of a triple bill that also includes Jerome Robbins’ Opus 19/Dreamer and the world-premiere of Pur ti Miro by Jorma Elo. Four Seasons for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., 2 p.m., $20 to 210.
>> Bust a move at Light on Your Feet. Tonight’s focus is drag divas. Yonge-Dundas Square, 7 to 11 p.m., free.
Purchase Luminato tickets daily at the T.O. Tix booth, located at Yonge-Dundas Square.