Highlights from Luminato’s just-announced 2011 theatre and dance program
Yesterday, Luminato announced the theatre and dance programs for this year’s edition of the mega-festival, now in its fifth year. Here’s a quick highlight reel of some of the standouts.
Making its English language premiere is Tout Comme Elle (Just Like Her), an exploration of love, loss and the relationship between mothers and daughters directed by Brigitte Haentjens; it garnered acclaim during its French language stint in Quebec—notably, it features a cast of 50 Canadian actresses. Luminato’s list of partner companies expands again this year with a co-production with Daniel Brooks’ Necessary Angel to present Andromache, poet Evie Christie’s new translation of Racine’s third play, directed by Graham McLaren (of Hamlet fame) and featuring the up-and-coming Canadian actress Christine Horne. The world premiere of One Thousand and One Nights—directed by Tim Supple and adapted from the stories of Lebanese novelist Hanan al-Shaykh—will likely be this year’s big, buzzy show (it was featured on Metro Morning yesterday). Finally, Luminato continues its partnership with the National Ballet of Canada, presenting the North American premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, an easy family favourite. A full list of the theatre and dance program can be found on the Luminato Web site.