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Their Finest

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War propaganda media is an interest of mine, and this is an excellent romp through the area of films being made during WWII. Terrific performances, especially by the wonderful Bill Nighy.

Maudie

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This is a slow, quiet movie but, as an audience member said afterwards, you'll feel like you've lost 80 lbs by the end.

A Sequel That Works!

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A few subtitle issues I could have dealt with, but overall great fun if you loved the first one!

Oksana G.: opera for now

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Hootlet More Told that I waited @ 10yrs to see since its inception in a brief. I knew then it'd be worth the wait! RETWEETS2LIKES5

The Return/Il Ritorno

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They've lost the clown noses but The Return by Circa was an exquisite blend of insanely talented circus art with drama and live Italian baroque chamber music and opera accompaniment. As usual, CanStage brought in innovative programming (and, as usual, some dope brought in their ringing cell phone). At one point, I just sat there being so grateful for the gift of art in my life. Lovely.
CREATED BYYaron Lifschitz with Quincy Grant and the Circa EnsembleMUSIC BY Monteverdi, Grant, Mahler, Pisador and traditionalDIRECTOR Yaron LifschitzCOMPOSITION/MUSICAL DIRECTION/ARRANGEMENTS Quincy GrantCIRCA ENSEMBLE Nathan Boyle
Marty Evans
Nicole Faubert
Bridie Hooper
Nathan Knowles
Todd Kilby
Cecilia MartinOPERA SINGERS Kate Howden
Benedict Nelson MUSICIANSPal Banda (Cello)
Joe Bronstein (Violin & Viola)
Natalie Murray-Beale (Musical Director, Piano, Harpsichord)
Cecilia de Santa Maria (Harp)TECHNICAL DIRECTION/LIGHTING DESIGN Jason OrganSTAGE DESIGN Yaron Lifschitz
Jason OrganCOSTUME DESIGN Libby McDonnellPHOT…

TOSCA: Childhood Memories of CCOC

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COC PRODUCTION Giacomo Puccini Set in Rome amid the turbulence of the Napoleonic Wars, Tosca is a tense psychological drama of passion and betrayal. Floria Tosca, a famous singer, murders Scarpia, the vicious chief of police, to save her beloved Cavaradossi. But Scarpia’s schemes outlive him with cruel and fatal consequences. CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMSToscaAdrianne Pieczonka/Keri Alkema*Cavaradossi Marcelo Puente/Kamen Chanev*Scarpia Markus Marquardt/Craig Colclough*AngelottiMusa NgqungwanaA Sacristan Donato di StefanoSpolettaJoel SorensenSciarrone Giles TomkinsA JailerBruno RoyConductor:  Keri-Lynn WilsonDirector:Paul CurranSet Designer and Costume Designer:Kevin KnightLighting Designer:David Martin JacquesChorus Master:Sandra Horst *May 7, 11, 14, 18, 20, 2017 Adrianne Pieczonka as Tosca in Tosca (COC, 2012). Photo: Michael Cooper

Meeting and Endings at CanStage (Berkeley St.)

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SPOTLIGHT AUSTRALIA meetingDIRECTED, CHOREOGRAPHED & PERFORMED BY Antony Hamilton

Hootlet More Don't know how 2 describe what I just saw except 64 computerized tapping pencils & 2 Aussie dancers. Insanely cool


CONCEPT, TEXT & PERFORMANCETamara Saulwick
SONG-WRITER & PERFORMERPaddy Mann

Louis Riel at COC

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LOUIS RIELBy Harry SomersLibretto by Mavor Moore with the collaboration of Jacques Languirand Russell Braun was excellent.

More Bosch!

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Canadian StageOne of the best pieces I have seenCHOREOGRAPHYMarie Chouinard
ORIGINAL MUSICLouis Dufort
SET, COSTUME, LIGHTING, VIDEO DESIGN, PROPSMarie Chouinard

Duo Art Exhibition - Yaniv Hason & Shlomi Amiga

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A show by Fay Ringel & Alex Correia, Founders
ZEBRA PUBLIC ART MGMT.
www.ZebraPublicArt.com 2 St. Clair Avenue West, 18th Floor Toronto, ON M4V 1L5 Phone:416.505.6459| Email: Info@ZebraPublicArt.com
So ticked that I had to work and miss this! Next time.

Ben McAteer Wins MyTheatre Award – Outstanding Opera Performance!

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Photo by Bill Cooper, featuring Ben McAteer (James)

Who called it?!

Scottish Opera's Ben McAteer just beat out some fierce competition to win Outstanding Opera Performance at the MyTheatre Awards for last season's The Devil Inside! Composed by Stuart MacRae with libretto by Louise Welsh, The Devil Inside was Scottish Opera's North American debut featuring international artists including Matthew Richardson, Michael Rafferty, Nicholas Sharratt, Rachel Kelly, Ben McAteer, and Steven Page.

CONGRATULATIONS to Ben and all involved in bringing this outstanding production to Toronto. We are proud and thrilled.

The Nominees for Outstanding Opera Performance:
Jane Archibald in Ariodante (Canadian Opera Company)Rachel Kelly in The Devil Inside (Tapestry Opera)Ben McAteer in The Devil Inside (Tapestry Opera) - WINNER!Erin Wall in The Marriage of Figaro (Canadian Opera Company)Sondra Radvanovsky in Norma (Canadian Opera Company)Christine Goerke in Siegfried (Canadian Opera Company)






Black Mirror

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This is the most intelligent and gripping TV I have watched in years and years. Sorry I missed it when it was first released; glad it's on Netflix now. Devastating and chilling, largely because we're almost there now. (2011, created by Charlie Brooker.)

Interview with Countertenor Scott Belluz

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Scott Belluz and Subiksha Rangarajan (as The Woman)  Photo courtesy of Domoney Artists. Used with permission.
In March, countertenor Scott Belluz starred in The Man Who Married Himself, a production by Toronto Masque Theatre in their penultimate season, which the Crow’s Nest website described thus: “Unwilling to marry a woman, a man fashions a lover from his own left side. He's enraptured by her perfect beauty—a mirror of his own—until he discovers that this new woman longs for freedom and wildly desires another. South Asian and Baroque music and performance traditions meet in a stunning new masque based on a traditional Indian folk-tale. Powerful and timely, The Man Who Married Himself is an allegory of the female and male warring within as told by 2 dancers, 3 singers and 6 musicians.” The show was very engaging, with lots of gestural and sensual stimuli, as well as unexpected humour. As someone in the talkback said, unlike most folk-tales, which in general have a moral, the endi…

Around the World Weekend

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Photo courtesy of Canstage

This weekend presented me with a lot of cultural worldviews; this post and the following are a sample of the arts I enjoyed.   Kiss caught me off guard; speaking to a friend after, it seemed that, unfortunately, half the audience thought this was a comedy and the political commentary was lost on them and somewhat ruined for us. Shout-outs to the cast. WRITTEN BY Guillermo Calderon
DIRECTED BY Ashlie Corcoran
CAST
Dalal Badr
Liza Balkan
Greg Gale
Carlos González-Vío
Naomi Wright
Bahareh Yaraghi
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR/SOUND DESIGNER Christopher Stanton
SET DESIGNER Jung-Hye Kim
COSTUME DESIGNER Jackie Chau
LIGHTING DESIGNER Rebecca Picherack
PROJECTION DESIGNER Alex Williams
ARABIC TRANSLATION/LANGUAGE COACHS alma Al Atassi
STAGE MANAGER Natasha Bean-Smith
APPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER Lucy McPhee
PRODUCER (THEATRE SMASH) Stacey Norton
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Cody McCallum
PRODUCTION MANAGER Peter Eaton

A Man Called Ove(En man som heter Ove, 2015, dir. Hannes Holm)was, happily, not too comedic..…

At the Mod Club on Monday: Jain

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I like Jain's video "Come" for its artistry, but this one for "Makeba" is artistically more mature.  
Also check out Robert López dates here. I like "Oye Candelaria."

Good God, we're getting close to 20 years... From a professional (? It doesn't suck.) tributor.
And, just coz I like the shot from Source Code (2011, dir. Duncan Jones) with Jake Gyllenhaal: