Sunday, April 3, 2011

LuminaTO 2011 - Visual Arts & Fashion

The fifth anniversary edition of Luminato takes place from June 10-19, 2011. Tickets for all Luminato 2011 programs will be available for sale as of April 16, 2011.

If you sign up as an "insider", you can get tickets starting April 11.
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Complete Luminato 2011 Visual Arts and Fashion Programs:

In this new Luminato-commissioned installation, architect Philip Beesley (whose Hylozoic Ground took over the Canadian Pavilion at the 2010 the Venice Biennale) combines visionary design with high-tech digital engineering to turn an everyday public space into a world of wonder— and to offer a thrilling glimpse of the potential future of architectural art.

A worldwide pioneer in the fast-growing field of responsive architecture, Beesley and his team of collaborators pose the question “could architecture come alive?” In reply he creates spaces that dissolve into forest-like hovering fields, kin to primitive life-forms within dense jungles and ocean reefs.

Sargasso was commissioned by Luminato and is presented from June 8-18 in the Allen Lambert Galleria, Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street. This work is supported by the Hal Jackman Foundation. Free.

Three Toronto performers inhabit a house for eight hours a day, spontaneously going about their business as roommates, while seamlessly repeating a script by Brooklyn-based playwright Jason Grote. Each day, the performers perform the same dialogue, while improvising the staging to suit their personal needs as well as those of their characters.

As you watch, through the windows of Marsha Ginsberg’s fully-functioning house constructed inside the Great Hall at OCAD University, and on a live video feed randomly edited to create a unique TV drama, Habit raises fascinating questions about the nature of performance, spectatorship, and even reality itself.

The world premiere of Habit was commissioned by Luminato and is presented from June 10-19 at OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street. Free.

Garden of Roses: Denis Gagnon Interprets Alice
Acclaimed Canadian fashion designer Denis Gagnon creates a contemporary fashion response to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, performed by the National Ballet of Canada as part of Luminato. Garden of Roses: Denis Gagnon Interprets Alice is co-commissioned by Lancôme.

The world premiere of Garden of Roses: Denis Gagnon Interprets Alice is presented from June 10-19 in the Wintergarden Lobby at 225 King Street West. Free.

Lunchtime Conversations
As part of Luminato’s Illuminations series, free lunchtime talks offer enlightening insights into Festival programming—straight from the artists themselves. From directing modern takes on old stories, to creating new works of art, Luminato’s artists, authors and directors express how they develop their creative perspectives. The full list of Lunchtime Conversations will be available in April at

Lunchtime Conversations take place from June 10-19 at 12 PM, at Chapters Festival Hall, 142 John Street, and are produced in partnership with Indigo Books and Music Inc. Free.

Lunchtime Conversations: Visual Arts
Sunday, June 12: Sargasso
Pioneering architect Philip Beesley, who effected a stunning transformation of the Canada Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Biennale in Architecture, talks about his latest large-scale animated installation in Brookfield Place.

Tuesday, June 14: Habit
Meet Berlin-Based Director David Levine in a discussion about his new work Habit and his other projects that explore the relationships between performance and installation. Commissioned by Luminato.

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