All posts by Keira Grant

Review: Mukuthô (Nhussi & Muchochoma with Dance Immersion & Canadian Stage))

The pastoral, earthy energy of High Park Amphitheatre was an idyllic setting for the production of Mukothô. The Mother Earth vibes in the space are palpable.

You can practically feel nymphs peeking out at you from behind the trees surrounding the tiered, grass-covered stone seats. It makes the environment perfect for Dream in High Park.

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Review: Box Concerts (Tapestry Opera)

On July 14, 2021, I saw my first live performance since February 2020. Given that I saw my first musical at age 6, this represents the longest absence from live performance to date. I would have been excited to see just about anything. But Box Concerts by Tapestry Opera isn’t just anything. It’s an innovative way to safely bring live performance back to the city as we find our sea legs in the new normal. Continue reading Review: Box Concerts (Tapestry Opera)

Review: 11:11 (Theatre Passe Muraille)

Like many individuals and sectors at this time, playwright and performer Samson Bonkeabantu Brown and director Tsholo Khalema, on behalf Theatre Passe Muraille, had to convert 11:11 from its intended stage format to a live-stream performance hosted on YouTube Live. As the creative team noted during the Q & A that followed the opening night performance, this apparent disadvantage became an advantage that allowed them to incorporate some of the best elements of live theatre and film in the finished production. Continue reading Review: 11:11 (Theatre Passe Muraille)

Preview: Together/Apart (Opera Atelier)

Old meets news as Opera Atelier ventures into this brave new world of virtual performance with Together/Apart on May 20 at 8 PM, EST. Together/Apart is a one-hour virtual showcase of music and dance to connect, uplift, and inspire — featuring an all-star line-up of Opera Atelier’s longstanding and audience-favourite artists from around the globe, streaming at OperaAtelier.com . All 14 artists on the program have personally curated their performance selections with an eye to sharing the joy and power of the creative experience during this extraordinary time.

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Review: The Negroes are Congregating (Piece of Mine Arts Production/Theatre Passe Muraille)

photo of a man and a woman facing each other - we see the man's face, and the profile of the woman - Photo of Christopher Bautista and Uche Ama in The Negroes are Congregating provided by Sean Dean Brown

A much-needed wake-up call on the realities of Black existence

The Negroes are Congregating opens with a sermon and ends with a dialogue. In between, the three-person cast uses a series of sketches to say all the things Black folks do not usually say in front of folks who aren’t Black.

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