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Co-Produced by Canadian Stage and Luminato Festival Toronto in association with Harbourfront Centre, National Arts Centre, and TO Live. Streaming on CBC Gem.
Date & Time
October 15, 2021 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT
Only available for streaming in Canada.
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New Monuments masterfully teams up internationally-recognized IBPOC Toronto talent working alongside homegrown talent, in a fully collaborative space where live performance meets film, while featuring a wide array of dance styles (ballet, street style, contemporary) all coming together as one.
Directed, conceived and developed through a distinctly IBPOC lens, New Monuments asks tough questions – Do the statues that adorn our public spaces speak to values that represent us as a city, and elevate our values of freedom and diversity? Should they be dismantled piece by piece? What are the new standards that define us, and which ones should make the cut? – and then proceeds to answer some of them, by imagining a future world where racist monuments no longer exist, and where IBPOC art and activism continue to seamlessly intersect.
On the shores of Lake Ontario, over 40 dancers from across Toronto take us on a cathartic journey of purpose—from the beginning of colonization to a more hopeful and equitable future.
Conceived and curated by Toronto’s iconic, Grammy-nominated and multiple award-winning director and installation artist Julien Christian Lutz pka DIRECTOR X (Drake, Rihanna, Rosalia, Superfly movie) with award-winning artistic producer and curator Umbereen Inayet (Nuit Blanche Toronto, Awakenings, TEDx), alongside visionary three-time MTV VMA-nominated Tanisha Scott (Beyoncé, Sean Paul) as lead choreographer.
Featuring choreography by Sze-Yang Ade-Lam, Nova Bhattacharya and Kieran Herallal, Robert Binet, Travis Knights, Esie Mensah, Fizz Oladiran, Kevin A. Ormsby, Nimkii Osawamick, Natasha Powell, Sandra Laronde, and “Snapp” Jan Yalda.
New Monuments Digital Companion
FAQ – Tickets, How to Watch
How to Watch New Monuments
- Where do I watch New Monuments?
Catch New Monuments on CBC Gem.
- Can I watch New Monuments without tickets?
Yes, you can! We love New Monuments too much to keep it hidden. You can watch on CBC GEM. We recommend registering for free tickets because you’ll get show reminders and bonus content.
- What if I miss it? Is New Monuments available after October 15th?
Not a problem. New Monuments will be available on CBC GEM until spring 2022.
- Where can I find the calendar of events for Luminato 2021?
Luminato’s calendar is available on the Festival Schedule page: https://luminatofestival.com/upcoming-arts-events/ and on the Festival 2021 page: https://luminatofestival.com/event_series/love-letters-to-toronto/
Featuring Choreography by
- Tap Dancer
Set and Properties Designer
Lodewijk Vos and Joseph Murray
Additional Music by
Edler Duke Redbird
Nicole Inica Hamilton
Samson Bonkeabantu Brown
Production Stage Manager
Associate Designer and Head of Wardrobe
Head of Hair and Make-up Department
Michelle St. Aubyn
Hair and Make-Up Runner
Digital Companion Piece Curated by
Fiona Raye Clarke
Joshua “Classic Roots” De Perry
Dwayne “BONELESS” Gulston
Jan “Snapp” Yalda
Isaiah Antonio Morrison Francis (rehearsal dancer)
“Tricky Troublez” (rehearsal dancer)
A Dish with One Spoon, The Power of the Land, and Mother Earth written and performed by
Elder Duke Redbird
Additional Performances by
Dainty Smith (Outside Eye for Ravyn Wngz)