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Nederlands Dans Theater

Luminato To-Do, Day Seven

Luminato moves closer to its home stretch, but shows no signs of slowing down!

Performers of Catalyst Theatre in <em>Nevermore</em> (photo by Bretta Gerecke).

Performers of Catalyst Theatre in Nevermore (photo by Bretta Gerecke).

Thursday, June 11

Nevermore
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

Continuous City
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.

Luminato To-Do, Day Three

The passion of <i>Carmen</i> ignited the Four Seasons Centre stage (photo by Davide Herrero).

The passion of Carmen ignites the Four Seasons Centre stage (photo by Davide Herrero).

SUNDAY JUNE 7

Carmen/Skin Divers

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.

Raphael Mazzucco
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.