SUNDAY JUNE 7
Some people like to give ballet a hard time, which is odd, when you consider that it’s a combination of exquisite choreography, beautiful music and finely tuned performers. If you count yourself a amongst unconverted, take a chance on the North American premiere of Carmen, featuring dancers from the National Ballet of Canada and acclaimed choreography by Davide Bombana. This production mixes passionate dance with Bizet’s famed score and elements of modern music, and has been hailed as one of the ballet’s most daring and innovative interpretations ever. A dance piece inspired by the poems of Anne Michaels, Skin Divers, is also on the program.
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West), 2 p.m., $20-$200.
One of the world’s most talented fashion photogs brings a new mixed-media installation to Toronto. Vancouver-born Raphael Mazzucco created a mash-up of photography, painting and sketching, then cast each of the large-scale results in a thick coat of clear resin, adding a textured sheen. The works, appropriately enough, are on display in the heart of the Queen West District, the city’s contemporary art mecca.
Burroughes Building (639 Queen St. W.), for the duration of Luminato, free.
Nederlands Dans Theatre Celebrates Jirí Kylián
Get off your feet, get into the dark and view an extraordinary film documenting three ballets co-ordinated by the Dutch dance master Jirí Kylián, and performed by the famed Nederlands Dans Theater. Part of the Luminato Reel series, the film includes excerpts from Birth-Day, Bella Figura and Sleepless.
National Film Board Mediatheque (150 John St.), 7 p.m., free.