Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Kreutzer Sonata, Ted Dykstra & Tolstoy in Toronto


SummerWorks Theatre Festival presents an Art of Time Ensemble
and Prairie Ocean Inc co-production
The Kreutzer Sonata
Featuring Ted Dykstra in his adaptation of
Leo Tolstoy's novella of the same name
(Lyev Nikolayevich Tolstoy is pictured right)

Toronto, July 8, 2010 - SummerWorks Theatre Festival will present The Kreutzer Sonata, Tolstoy's passionate novella adapted for the stage and performed by multi-award-winning actor and director Ted Dykstra, at Theatre Passe Muraille from August 5-15, 2010.  Tickets go on sale July 12.

Originally commissioned and produced by Andrew Burashko for Art of Time Ensemble in 2008, The Kreutzer Sonata was presented as part of a multi-disciplinary evening to sold-out houses for two consecutive seasons.

Underscored by Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata (Sonata for violin and piano No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47), the story explores the dark side of male-female relationships as it tells a tale involving marriage, love, hatred, sexual jealousy, and madness.

Ted Dykstra is an actor, director, writer and composer who hails from Edmonton and lives in Toronto. He has won numerous awards for his varied disciplines and has performed on every major stage in Canada. He is a founding member of Soulpepper Theatre. Music nerds best know Ted as the co-creator of 2 Pianos, 4 hands which he has performed and directed around the world.

Founded by Artistic Director Andrew Burashko, the Art of Time Ensemble is entering its 12th season. Art of Time provides a unique musical experience that breaks down barriers between artistic and musical disciplines, and reveals the vibrancy of classical music as a contemporary artistic expression, appealing to a range of audiences. Its concerts are provocative, engaging and accessible to people unfamiliar with classical music, but also immensely fulfilling to aficionados.

SummerWorks prides itself on producing work that represents Canada's thriving cultural aesthetic. The festival pays special attention to work that is thoughtful, provocative and challenging. Over the last decade alone, over 25 SummerWorks shows have gone on to other major local, national and international productions.

"Dykstra is masterful at retelling the story in an hour-long monologue, he doesn't let our attention falter for a single minute" - Toronto Star

The Kreutzer Sonata
Presented by SummerWorks Theatre Festival
Co-produced by Art of Time Ensemble and Prairie Ocean Inc.
Featuring Ted Dykstra
Thursday August 5 - Sunday August 15, 2010
Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace | 16 Ryerson Ave
Tickets: $10    Box Office: 416.504.8980

The image of Tolstoy is the only colour photograph of the novelist, shot at his Yasnaya Polyana estate in 1908 by Prokudin-Gorskii, a pioneer of colour photography.

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