Lu­mi­nato causes a RIOT

Here are some acts by in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal acts you need to see in the next two-and-a-half weeks. Get tick­ets at lu­mi­


Swan Lake/Loch na hEala

Ir­ish di­rec­tor/chore­og­ra­pher Michael Kee­gan-Dolan and Teac Damsa (for­merly Fab­u­lous Beast) are known for us­ing dance in pow­er­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion with di­a­logue, mu­sic and stun­ning pro­duc­tion values. (Their in­ven­tive Giselle played World Stage here in 2010.) The award-win­ning Swan Lake/ Loch na hEala doesn’t fol­low the fa­mil­iar nar­ra­tive – rather it uti­lizes some of the strong­est themes as­so­ci­ated with the clas­si­cal bal­let phe­nom­e­non (light/dark, life/death, na­ture/so­ci­ety) in a po­etic rein­ven­tion that prom­ises to much more ag­gres­sively jux­ta­pose bleak­ness and rap­ture. Hence per­haps, the feather al­lergy warn­ing in the show notes. To June 10 at the Bluma Ap­pel.

At The Il­lu­sion­ist’s Ta­ble

File this one un­der one-of-a-kind the­atri­cal, and per­haps gus­ta­tory, ex­pe­ri­ences. In a pri­vate room at Casa Loma, with seat­ing for just 24, Scot­tish il­lu­sion­ist Scott Sil­ven hosts a three-course din­ner – complete with whisky tast­ings – and serves up magic, men­tal­ism and some sto­ries. If the re­views from the show’s off-Broad­way run (The New York Times quote is: “Wow. Wow. Wow.”) are any in­dica-

tion, this will be some­thing spe­cial. With the limited ca­pac­ity, it’s best to book early. June 7 to 24 at the Austin Room, Casa Loma.

Mal­paso Dance Com­pany

Last seen here in a sold-out run in 2015, the Ha­vana-based com­pany re­turns with new ma­te­rial. No mis­steps at all in this mixed pro­gram from in­ter­na­tional chore­o­graphic stars such as Ohad Na­harin and Canada’s own Aszure Bar­ton. Also fea­tured is the pre­miere of Os­nel Del­gado’s Dream­ing Of Lions, with an orig­i­nal score (played live) by Afro Latin jazz mas­ter Ar­turo O’Far­rill and his band. It’ll be lovely to see Mal­paso at the ex­pan­sive El­gin, where this tech­ni­cally and phys­i­cally su­perb com­pany will get a chance to truly soar. June 15 to 16 at the El­gin Theatre.

Ta­bles Turned

Hot on the heels of their batch of Dora Award nom­i­na­tions for Ok­sana G and The Over­coat, Tapestry Opera presents a unique fu­sion of opera, film and elec­tron­ics. Ver­sa­tile so­prano Carla Huh­ta­nen, com­poser and turntab­list Ni­cole Lizée and per­cus­sion­ist Ben Reimer team up for a weird mul­ti­me­dia event that prom­ises to live up to that ti­tle. June 16 to 19 at the Ernest Balmer Stu­dio.

Out The Win­dow

Back in 2000, ac­tor, writer and di­rec­tor Liza Balkan wit­nessed the beat­ing of a man by po­lice in the west end of Toronto. She was called as a wit­ness to tes­tify in the case, and kept notes about what hap­pened af­ter­wards. Out The Win­dow blends court tran­scripts, in­ter­views with jour­nal­ists, ac­tivists, lawyers, cops and oth­ers to look at ques­tions of safety, ac­count­abil­ity and the na­ture of mem­ory. An ear­lier ver­sion of the work got staged at the Theatre Cen­tre six years ago. But this new ver­sion in­cludes orig­i­nal mu­sic com­posed and per­formed by LAL and live art by Syrus Mar­cus Ware. June 21 to 24 (pre­views June 19-20) at Har­bourfront Cen­tre Theatre.

Mal­paso Dance Com­pany gets to soar.

Feath­ers fly in Swan Lake.

Scott Sil­ven serves up magic.

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