Luminato moves closer to its home stretch, but shows no signs of slowing down!
Thursday, June 11
You need only to skim an Edgar Allen Poe biography to understand why he was never known for his sunny disposition. The fact is, people tended to die on him, like his mother when he was still a child, and his 15-year-old wife after only two years of marriage. Yes, death haunted Poe at every turn. It is this harrowing existence that informs Nevermore, the latest production by Edmonton’s Catalyst Theatre. The play, based on Poe’s unusual life, mixes original songs, burlesque dancing and creepy costumes, and has been heralded by critics and audiences alike. Definitely a Luminato must-see!
Winter Garden Theatre (189 Yonge St.), 7:30 p.m., $40 to $50
We may not have flying cars or summer homes on the moon, but we’re certainly living in the future. Why, you could be reading this on your laptop and talking to your friend who lives in China, or France, or wherever. Yes, as they say, the future is now, yet we rarely reflect on what it means to be so plugged in. Continuous City, a multimedia production by the Builders Association, tackles our “technological disconnect” and the notion that we’ve become “networked selves” through travel and modern gadgetry, and examines how this state affects our relationships with others. Combining live performance with video shot in Toronto and other cities around the world, this project is sure to have you pondering your own modern existence.
Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles St. W.), 7:30 p.m., $35 to $45
Nederlands Dans Theater
Words tend to fail us when describing a program of experimental dance—especially one that combines video projection, a rotating set, puppets, and some of the best dancers in the world. There is just no way to truly capture the essence of this production byrenowned Nederlands Dans Theater; however, we can tell you that the show comprises three of the company’s most acclaimed pieces, and that you’ll be witnessing its first Toronto show in fourteen years.
MacMillan Theatre (80 Queen’s Park), 8 p.m., $60 to $80
Tales of the Uncanny
It only took 90 years, but Tales of the Uncanny is finally here! The silent horror film from Germany (known in that country as Unheimliche Geschichten) finally reaches its Toronto audience tonight at Yonge-Dundas Square. As if the screening of a silent film wasn’t enough, Luminato—in association with the upcoming North by Northeast Music Festival—have brought in Berlin electronic artist Robert Lippok, local post-rock band Do Make Say Think and Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy) to provide the live soundtrack for this historic presentation.
Yonge-Dundas Square, 9:30 p.m., free.