Luminato – Toronto’s art extravaganza is back – June 7 to 23, 2019
From a larger-than-life mirrored maze and provocative new work by one of Canada’s most renowned puppet masters, to a massive choral event along Toronto’s waterfront and the North American premiere of a re-imagined dance classic, the 13th annual Luminato festival lights up the city of Toronto with bold, high-energy, ambitious work from Canada and around the world June 7-23, 2019.
Internationally lauded and beloved puppet master, Ronnie Burkett, returns to Luminato with the world premiere of Forget Me Not, a tender and provocative call-to-arms for hope and the enduring power of love.
A free massive choral event with 200 diverse voices from 8 choirs, 4 soloists and an Indigenous musical ensemble, braiding together their songs and styles, voices and cultures, set against the backdrop of Toronto’s picturesque waterfront.
Time itself begins to erode while a family of women struggle to face the apocalyptic world around them in this new theatre movement hybrid created by critically-acclaimed artists Susanna Fournier and Amanda Acorn.
Luminato’s ideas program features a series of panel discussions, films, workshops and masterclasses that are designed to frame the festival within a real world context and engage audiences in meaningful and thought-provoking conversations that carry on well after the final curtain.
Through forums and films, this year’s ideas program, Illuminating Ideas, takes a deeper look into LGBTQ censorship in art, climate change in the North, building healthy male communities through sport and witch hunts through history.
Luminato’s 2019 film series is curated in partnership with Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.
Following a sold-out run at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in 2017, the 2018 Dora Award-winning Kiinalik: These Sharp Toolsreturns; witness two powerful storytellers as they map new territory, giving voice, music, and ceremony to the histories, cultures, and climate we have all inherited.
June 13 – 22
Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Back by popular demand! See the world premiere of the full-length version of Obeah Opera, a hypnotizingly rhythmic, a capella retelling of the Salem witch trials, from the perspective of the Caribbean slave women who experienced it.
Following its work-in-progress presentation at Luminato 2018, see the world premiere of the musical theatre production featuring internationally-renowned baritone Russell Braun portraying the rise and fall of famed Austrian exile, Hollywood film composer and “unperson”, Hanns Eisler.
See three shows andsave 15%, see four shows and save 20%
Some exclusions may apply. Multi-show savings are calculated at check-out online, no promo code required. Tax extra, no refunds. Subject to availability. Prices subject to change.
Luminato is Toronto’s international festival of arts and ideas dedicated to presenting programming that cuts across traditional artform boundaries. Luminato 2019 | June 7-23
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