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The Wait is Over - Announcing the Luminato 2019 Festival Line Up!

The wait is over! We're thrilled to share our full 2019 festival line up with you!

Mar 13, 2019

From a larger-than-life mirrored maze and provocative new work by one of Canada's most renowned puppet masters, to a massive choral event along Toronto's waterfront and the North American premiere of a re-imagined dance classic, the 13th annual Luminato festival lights up the city of Toronto with bold, high-energy, ambitious work from Canada and around the world June 7 - 23, 2019. 

But don't take our word for it, scroll down for the full 2019 festival line up! See you soon!
 

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CHRISTIAN WAGSTAFF AND KEITH COURTNEY

HOUSE OF MIRRORS

North American Premiere | June 7 - 23 | Harbourfront Centre, Exhibition Common

Standing over 12.5 feet and weighing over 55 tonnes, House of Mirrors is an awe-inspiring kaleidoscopic maze designed to mesmerize.



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RONNIE BURKETT THEATRE OF MARIONETTES

FORGET ME NOT

World Premiere | June 5 - 23 | Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre

Internationally lauded and beloved puppet master, Ronnie Burkett, returns to Luminato with the world premiere of Forget Me Not, a tender and provocative call-to-arms for hope and the enduring power of love.



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MAADA'OOKII SONGLINES

FREE | June 23 | Harbourfront Centre, Lakeside

A free massive choral event with 200 diverse voices from 11 choirs, 4 soloists and a fusion Indigenous musical ensemble, braiding together their songs and styles, voices and cultures, set against the backdrop of Toronto's picturesque waterfront.



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YANG LIPING

RITE OF SPRING

Canadian Premiere | June 20 - 22 | MacMillan Theatre

For the first time in North America, one of China's most prolific performers and choreographers, Yang Liping, presents her incredible new work, Rite of Spring.



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TRIPTYCH (EYES OF ONE ON ANOTHER)

Canadian Premiere | June 22 | Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

Experience the controversial and revolutionary work of Robert Mapplethorpe in this unprecendented multimedia performance with original music by Bryce Dessner (of Grammy Award-winning band The National).



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LA COMPAÑÍA CUERPO DE INDIAS

FLOWERS FOR KAZUO OHNO (AND LEONARD COHEN)

Canadian Premiere | June 19 - 22 | Bluma Appel Theatre

Lose yourself in breathtaking moments as the dancers of La Compañía Cuerpo de Indias sweep you away into a serendipitous homage to the spirits of Leonard Cohen and Kazuo Ohno.



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THE DRAWING ROOM

FREE | June 8 - 23 | The Artport Gallery, Harbourfront Centre

A visual dialogue between five North American visual artists, whose work questions how art can be employed as a testament to love, resilience, resistance, and belonging.




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BIZIINDAN!

June 14 | Koerner Hall

A musical activation of songs and stories by diverse voices speaking truths and reverence to the land, languages, and peoples. Rise up and listen/biziindan! 
 
Don't miss Jeremy Dutcher, Lido Pimienta, Digging Roots and more. 



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6TH MAN COLLECTIVE

MONDAY NIGHTS

June 6 - 16 | 291 Lakeshore Boulevard

Staged in a found space, Monday Nights is an an interactive basketball clinic/theatre hybrid that highlights how a simple game can help us understand ourselves and connect us to our community



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THE CAVE COLLECTIVE

THE CAVE

June 18 - 23 | Tank House Theatre

A forest fire rages as a group of animals escape to the safety of The Cave; an entertaining cabaret that responds to our changing environment, created by John Millard, Tomson Highway, and Martha Ross.



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PARADIGM PRODUCTIONS

FOUR SISTERS

World Premiere | June 11 - 16 | The Theatre Centre

Time itself begins to erode while a family of women struggle to face the apocalyptic world around them in this new theatre movement hybrid created by critically-acclaimed artists Susanna Fournier and Amanda Acorn.



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LUA SHAYENNE DANCE COMPANY

KIRA, THE PATH | LA VOIE

June 6 - 9 | Fleck Dance Theatre

Celebrate humanity as one village, and its sacred bond to nature in this dynamic dance production from innovative African choreographer Fara Tolno and the Toronto-based Lua Shayenne Dance Company.



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LUMINATO 2019 IDEAS PROGRAM

ILLUMINATING IDEAS

June 15 - 22 | Harbourfront Centre, Studio Theatre

Luminato's Ideas Program features a series of panel discussions, films, workshops and masterclasses that are designed to frame the festival within a real world context and engage audiences in meaningful and thought-provoking conversations that carry on well after the final curtain. 

Through forums and films, this year's Ideas Program, Illuminating Ideas, takes a deeper look into LGBTQ censorship in art, climate change in the North, building healthy male communities through sport and witch hunts through history. 

Luminato's 2019 film series is curated in partnership with Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. 

 

 

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED...

 



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ELECTRIC COMPANY THEATRE

THE FULL LIGHT OF DAY

Toronto Premiere | June 7 - 13 | Bluma Appel Theatre

From award-winning artists Daniel Brooks & Kim Collier comes a provocative film theatre hybrid about an aging matriarch who must contend with her family's corrupt legacy before she dies



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VAKHTANGOV STATE ACADEMIC THEATRE OF RUSSIA

MASQUERADE

June 7 - 13 | Bluma Appel Theatre

From award-winning artists Daniel Brooks & Kim Collier comes a provocative film theatre hybrid about an aging matriarch who must contend with her family's corrupt legacy before she dies



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BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES THEATRE

KIINALIK: THESE SHARP TOOLS

June 12 - 16 | Berkeley Street Theatre, Downstairs

Following a sold-out run at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in 2017, the 2018 Dora Award-winning Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools returns; witness two powerful storytellers as they map new territory, giving voice, music, and ceremony to the histories, cultures, and climate we have all inherited.



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ASAH PRODUCTIONS - A NICOLE BROOKS VISION

OBEAH OPERA

World Premiere | June 13 - 22 | Fleck Dance Theatre

Back by popular demand! See the world premiere of the full-length version of Obeah Opera, a hypnotizingly rhythmic, a capella retelling of the Salem witch trials, from the perspective of the Caribbean slave women who experienced it.

 


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HELL'S FURY: THE HOLLYWOOD SONGBOOK

June 19 - 23 | Harbourfront Centre Theatre

Following its work-in-progress presentation at Luminato 2018, see the world premiere of the musical theatre production featuring internationally-renowned baritone Russell Braun portraying the rise and fall of famed Austrian exile, Hollywood film composer and "unperson", Hanns Eisler.



Luminato 2019 | June 7-23

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