Photo by Levent Erutku
Kira is a feel
good evening of African dance. The West African word means “path”, and through
the relentless rhythms of the djembe drum, we make the sacred connection with
Mother Earth. The concert features virtuoso dancing and eye-popping African
Lua Shayenne is a much-admired Toronto choreographer and dancer who invited revered Guinean composer and choreographer Fara Tolno to set Kira, The Path|La Voie on her company. Tolno is on hand as lead djembe. The rest of the performers are dancers –Read More
It is starting to get embarrassing. At best I sound like the
president of the Johannes Debus fan club, at worst like a stalking groupie, but
once again I’m in the thrall of his conducting prowess. The maestro’s musical
direction of Verdi’s Otello is simply
Otello (1887)is Verdi’s penultimate opera, and
arguably his greatest. Verdi, and his brilliant librettist Arrigo Boito, have
crafted a masterful rendering of Shakespeare’s tragic tale, distilling the play’s
events down to their stark basics. As a result, the text is a taut –Read More
Photo by Michael Cooper
This COC production of La
Bohème first saw the light of day in 2013.
While original stage director John Caird’s vision has its problems,
musically, both the singing and conducting in this revival are glorious.
Puccini operas need the big voices that produce goosebumps, and there are
several of note in this production. Italian maestro Paolo Carignani, to whom
Puccini must be mother’s milk, pulled out every dramatic nuance in the score to
give us a most passionate of readings.
While it was announced that –Read More
Photo by Andrew Alexander
The touring production of Lorena Gale’s Angélique (1995) is a class act. Originally presented by Montreal’s Black Theatre Workshop and Tableau D’Hôte, the classic play is performed with both earnestness and imagination. It has taken over two decades for this important play to make it to Toronto, but given the excellence of the production, the wait has been worth it.
Marie-Joseph Angélique was a 29-year-old slave who was
tortured and hanged in 1734 for burning down 46 buildings in –Read More
Photo by John Lauener
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! Modern Times Stage
Company’s production of Anton Chekhov’s The
Cherry Orchard is near perfection.
Modern Times is one of my favourite companies in the city. I
particularly love director Soheil Parsa’s take on the classics. He goes right
to the heart of the matter, and you come away from a Modern Times production
completely satisfied because you have experienced the playwright’s intention in
the purist sense. Such is the case of Parsa’s The Cherry Orchard where Chekhov’s human comedy has –Read More