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LOVE IS BLIND­NESS

Ac­claimed Ger­man di­rec­tor Claus Guth’s re­vival of the clas­sic opera The Mar­riage of Figaro breathes new life into Mozart’s time­less score and the story of the en­chant­ing and blind­ing qual­i­ties of love. The Cana­dian Opera Com­pany’s per­for­mance of Guth’s pro­duc­tion pre­mieres this win­ter; it fea­tures bass­bari­tone Josef Wag­ner and so­prano Jane Archibald. The Mar­riage of Figaro runs Fe­bru­ary 4–27, 2016 at the Four Sea­sons Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts in Toronto.

BE­HIND CLOSED DOORS

The lat­est ad­di­tion to ac­claimed Bei­jing artist Song Dong’s “The Wis­dom of the Poor”—a se­ries ad­dress­ing rapid ur­ban growth in global cities—is Com­mu­nal Court­yard, an im­mer­sive ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing 100 re­cov­ered Chi­nese doors. The in­stal­la­tion will ex­am­ine the role of tra­di­tional ar­chi­tec­ture in to­day’s chang­ing en­vi­ron­ment and the ways ur­ban­iza­tion has af­fected the way we live amongst one an­other. Song Dong’s Com­mu­nal Court­yard runs Jan­uary 30–July 17, 2016 at the Art Gallery of On­tario in Toronto.

POWER PACK

Canada’s Royal Win­nipeg Bal­let has joined forces with ac­claimed au­thor Joseph Boy­den, chore­og­ra­pher Mark God­den, and Cree ac­tress, pro­ducer, and for­mer MP Tina Keeper for an orig­i­nal on­stage per­for­mance. Boy­den’s pow­er­ful story re­flects on the lives of a group of res­i­den­tial school sur­vivors and is set to a score by Juno Award–win­ning com­poser Chris­tos Hatzis. The show opens in Ottawa this win­ter and will travel to 12 cities across the coun­try. Go­ing Home Star – Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion runs Jan­uary 28–April 9, 2016 at se­lect venues.

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