Toronto festival sets theater and dance slate
New legit versions of “One Thousand and One Nights” and “Andromache” as well as Christopher Wheeldon’s dance version of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” are among the theater and dance shows lined up for Toronto’s Luminato arts festival.Bilingual, two-part version of “One Thousand and One Nights,” world preeming at the Canuck fest, comes from Brit helmer Tim Supple, whose South East Asian adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” has toured internationally. Hanan al-Shaykh adapted the stories for the Dash Arts production. There are two offerings from Toronto-based Necessary Angel on the slate — an adaptation of Racine’s “Andromache” and the English-language preem of the company’s “Tout comme elle (Just Like Her).” A rotating sked of works from the city’s Soulpepper Theater Companyis also on tap plus “Lu Xun Blossoms” from Theater Smith-Gilmour and the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center. Along with Wheeldon’s “Alice,” the dance sked includes “Taj,” Sampradaya Dance Creations’ dance-theater piece about the building of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, and “Confluence” from dancer-choreographer Akram Khan and musician Nitin Sawhney. The five-year-old Luminato fest has so far yielded one title, “Blind Date,” that was picked up for a run in Gotham. Show played Ars Nova in December. The 2011 Luminato fest is set to run June 10-19.
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