Did you catch any of last year's inaugural Luminato event? Billed as "Toronto's festival of arts and creativity," the fest returns for a second year, offering works both Canadian and international.
Last week organizers announced a high-profile lineup for the festival, scheduled from June 6 to 15.
In theatre, look for director Timothy Supple 's South Asian production of A Midsummer Night's Dream , performed by actors from India and Sri Lanka in eight languages, including English. The National Theatre of Scotland brings Black Watch , based on interviews conducted by playwright Gregory Burke with former soldiers from the legendary Scottish regiment that served in Iraq.
American composer and performer Mikel Rouse brings a multimedia opera trilogy in rep, while performance artist Laurie Anderson offers the "concert-poem" Homeland.
Dance programs include works by William Forsythe and Mark Morris . The Alberta Ballet stages The Fiddle And The Drum , a collaboration between Joni Mitchell and Jean Grand-Maître , which plays on a bill with the National Ballet 's performances of Forsythe's the second detail and Harald Landers 's Etudes .
Among the world premieres are several by local troupes. Roseneath Theatre and Puppetmongers Theatre collaborate on Rocket And The Queen Of Dreams , a look at the dream world of a young boy. Tapestry New Opera Works and Theatre Direct Canada present Sanctuary Song , a dance/opera piece by Marjorie Chan and Abigail Richardson in which an Asian elephant recalls her past.
Coming from the Vancouver Playhouse are Where The Blood Mixes , by Aboriginal playwright Kevin Loring , and a reading of George Ryga 's seminal play The Ecstasy Of Rita Joe , commemorating the work's 40th anniversary.
The remarkable Quebec artist Marie Brassard teams with Toronto actor Louis Negin on The Glass Eye , a play within a play that celebrates the mixing of cultures and generations.
Some Luminato events are free while others are ticketed; tickets will be available in April. For more info, see www.luminato.com.
Light the lanterns
One of T.O.'s best grassroots celebrations is the annual Festival Of Lights , held on December 21 throughout Kensington Market . More on that next week, but first there's a chance to create your own lantern to carry in the fest, sponsored by Red Pepper Spectacle Arts .
Lantern-making workshops are held this Saturday and Sunday (December 15 and 16) from noon to 5 pm, the former at St. Stephen's Community House (260 Augusta) and the latter at Kapisanan Filipino Centre for Arts and Culture (167 Augusta).
For the first time, you can work with Filipino artists Melisa Clemente and Melecio Clemente to create traditional Parol paper lanterns on Tuesday (December 18), 6 pm, at Kapisanan.
Pwyc for instruction and materials, with $10 suggested for each lantern. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
For further info, call 416-598-3729 or check out www.redpepperspectaclearts.org.
We've already mentioned the new play contest for the Fringe . Now the general applications are available.
For the first time, you can apply for the indoor and KidsVenue shows online as well as in hard copy form. Deadline is January 18. Bring Your Own Venue applications must be submitted by hand; applications are accepted between January 4 and April 4, or until all the spots are filled.
For more info and submission forms, see www.fringetoronto.com.
Here's a good holiday gift for the theatregoer on your list. The Tarragon is bringing back a trio of previously produced shows for their 08/09 season - their own productions of Wajdi Mouawad 's Scorched and Hannah Moscovitch 's East Of Berlin , as well as Daniel MacIvor 's A Beautiful View . You can buy a package of the three plays for $100.
Looks like the Tarragon is building an ongoing relationship with MacIvor, who folded his successful company, da da kamera, last year to concentrate on other endeavours. The theatre has a hit with MacIvor's How It Works , which runs through Sunday.