Category: Shows

The Canadian Opera Company brings a season of dark fairy tales to Toronto

This fall, the Canadian Opera Company is putting a chill in the air with two very different, dark fairy tales.

Rusalka Oct 12 To Oct 26, 2019

The mermaid Rusalka leaves behind her watery home to be with her prince charming. Will he stay true to her sacrifice? Based on The Little Mermaid’s original tale, this romantic opera stars Met sensation Sondra Radvanovsky.Gorgeous sets, costumes, and choreography make this production a fairytale spectacle reminiscent of ballets Ondine and Giselle and films like The Shape of Water.

Turandot Sept 28 – Oct. 27

Princess Turandot knows that marriage can be a dangerous commitment. That’s why all her suitors must answer three riddles – and if they get even one wrong, they face the executioner’s blade. Despite the mortal risk, the exiled prince Calaf is determined to try and win her heart.

I haven’t been to the opera in several years, and I’m very excited to see these performances!

Take a peek at the new season from the Canadian Opera Company. If you’re under 30, you can get tickets to the opera for only $22.

[ Picture This ] Cirque du Soleil’s revamped Alegria is pure magic

There’s something oh so magical about spotting the Cirque big top tent in Toronto. It always fills me with anticipation for a new Cirque du Soleil. I was invited to a preview of the revamped show, Alegria. It’s been 25 years since this iconic show was performed. I didn’t see the original, but I loved this rendition. It’s been updated with new costumes and set design, a renewed acrobatic vocabulary, and new musical arrangements.

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Netflix & Chillax

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I love staying in and watching my favourite shows when the weather is chilly outside! Right now, I’m trying to catch up on the Mindy Project and Schitt’s Creek. I usually binge watch Netflix alone in some comfy sweatpants and delicious chocolate chip cookies. Usually my cat Newton will jump in my lap and watch along with me! What shows have you been watching lately on Netflix?

Circa & the Debussy String Quartet bring dazzling show to Toronto

 

opusThe world-renowned performance troupe Circa and the Debussy String Quartet, are bringing a bold contemporary circus, Opus, to Toronto for five shows only.

“For a long time, we’ve wanted to introduce a new circus work onto our Bluma Stage,” said Matthew Jocelyn artistic & general director of Canadian Stage. “How better to do this than by inviting Australia’s most recognized circus company to join us this season with a remarkable invention also featuring France’s Debussy Quartet and the music of Shostakovitch. This is circus as you have never experienced it, a true meeting of high and low art, and high and low ground.”

In an display of power and virtuosity, Opus features 14 acrobats tumbling, spinning and flying to the sounds of Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich’s string quartets, played live on stage by the Debussy String Quartet. Circa is known for creating new ways to experience circus, merging physicality and poetry to create impossible feats that bend genres and are seemingly effortless. Opus explores the complex relationships between the individual and the group, between the march of history and the dictates of the heart and between the tragic and the comic.

This show looks beautiful and unexpected. I can’t wait to see it! Performances will be held at the Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front St. E.), from Nov. 12 to 16.

Tickets from $30 to $99 are available online, by phone at 416.368.3110 or in person at the box office. For details visit www.canadianstage.com.

Alex Colville Exhibition at the AGO

AlexColvilleI was invited to the AGO one afternoon to check out a preview of the new Alex Colville exhibition. Alex Colville is one of the first internationally acclaimed Canadian Visual Artists. As a special treat, the AGO has a retrospective exhibition of some of the artist most re known bodies of work. His daughter Ann Kitz attended the press conference to  discuss her father’s work.  (more…)