Review: vox:lumen (Zata Omm Dance Projects)


At the Harbourfront World Stage, vox:lumen is Thoughtful but Accessible

I don’t know much about dance and rarely seek it out, but it has always intrigued me, crouching at the fringes of my theatre-going experiences. Every now and then, the concept of a particular dance piece will catch my attention. This is how I came to see vox:lumen, Zata Omm Dance Projects‘ ode to sustainable technologies currently playing at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre.

I’m always hoping that eventually my mind will be completely blown by dance. vox:lumen didn’t blow my mind exactly, but I found it dynamic and haunting. Continue reading Review: vox:lumen (Zata Omm Dance Projects)

Mirvish Announces Their 2015-16 Season

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An all-Canadian production of Matilda the Musical in Toronto anchors Mirvish’s 2015-16 season

Without much fanfare or any public event Mirvish quietly sent out a press release today announcing its 2015-16 season. An open-ended engagement of Matilda the Musical featuring an all-Canadian cast anchors their season which brings Broadway hits such as Motown the Musical, If/Then and the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder to Toronto. Mirvish will also present a new, re-staged production of The Phantom of the Opera as a bonus show.

Check out all the details of the new season, the Off-Mirvish season at the Panasonic Theatre and the bonus shows below.

Which shows are you most looking forward to seeing?

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Cheap Theatre for the Week of March 3rd, 2015

Live Shows for $25 or Less

Oh, but the theatres are bustling! Every Mirvish house is doing gangbusters business, while Canadian Stage, Tarragon and Theatre Passe Muraille are also on the hop. An all-new show in at The Second City, breathtaking dance down at Harbourfront, and you never know what you’ll find at the Comedy Bar — it’s a great week to love performance in this city, plain and simple.

But in the midst of all this spectacle, don’t forget about the little productions. This week, Mooney on Theatre’s Cheap Theatre listings focus on tight, character-oriented stories which don’t rely on glitz, fog machines or acrobatics to tug you in. These five pieces use individual experiences — stories about one or two people — to draw conclusions about our world, telling a small story to explore the big ones.

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Toronto Playlistings for the Week of March 2, 2015

Shows That Caught Our Eye This Week

We’re into the month of March and spring is just around the corner… really, it is. Regardless, all the venues in this week’s theatre listings are indoors and heated. The shows I’ve indicated with two asterisks and red text are the ones I’d love to see this week. See if you agree or go check out anything else that speaks to you!

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Review: Ce n’est pas la fin du monde (Sylvain Émard/Harbourfront Centre/NextSteps)

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Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre presents Sylvain Émard’s Ce n’est pas la fin du monde as part of its dance program

The world feels strange. The air seems thick with unknowns: frequencies we can’t see, invisible clouds of data, other people’s secrets. Everything is changing so quickly, and there are so many questions that we hardly know how to ask. Is there something we’re supposed to be doing? Some insight we’re missing, or some revelation waiting to happen?

Montreal choreographer Sylvain Émard‘s Ce n’est pas la fin du monde (It’s not the end of the world), performed one night only at the Fleck Dance Theatre on February 28 as part of the Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps program, brings audiences face-to-face with the uncertainty of our anxious zeitgeist. It may not be the end of the world, but it’s not the most comfortable place either.

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