Thursday, May 30, 2013

CD Release: Femi Kuti, No Place For My Dream (Knitting Factory Records - June 25, 2013)

From a media release:

CD Release: Femi Kuti, No Place For My Dream (Knitting Factory Records - June 25, 2013)
Femi Kuti Reimagines His Afrobeat Legacy on No Place for My Dream and on North American Summer Tour

• New York City - Central Park Summerstage June 23, 2013 (3pm show) - FREE
• Toronto - The Opera House July 3, 2013
• Ottawa - RBC Bluesfest July 7, 2013

The Nigerian government has changed its mind. A family who it once firebombed and persecuted is now one they build museums for. As the Kuti legacy converts the masses on behalf of Afrobeat everywhere, genre torchbearer Femi Kuti does his duty while also distinguishing himself from his father with his new album, "No Place for My Dream."

Once they bombed them; now they are building museums to honor them. Tapped as Afrobeat founding father Fela Kuti’s chosen successor, Femi Kuti has fought for his own voice and for his family’s freedom. On a tide of growing international recognition, Femi has broken the chains that bound Afrobeat, adding his own vision and restoring his father’s legacy to its proper place.

Femi’s voice rings out triumphant on No Place for My Dream (Knitting Factory Records; June 25, 2013). With astounding musicianship, well-honed grooves, and a sound he’s made his own, Femi has defied local authorities and the rigors of his own upbringing to break free musically and speak truth to power.

“I knew I never wanted to be just like my father,” exclaims Femi, “I was being groomed to be like my father, even in the way I dressed. That wasn’t what I wanted. I needed something more challenging. I wanted to break away.”

Femi has struck the perfect balance between respect for his father’s groundbreaking, genre-establishing musical achievements and political outspokenness, and an intense commitment to his own vision and work. Horns sparkle and growl with striking precision (“No Place for My Dream”). Sinuous keys and bright bursts of percussion (“Action Time”), shifting tempos and hard-hitting, complex rhythms weave together, a vivid counterpoint to Femi’s strong, soulful tenor voice (“Nothing to Show for It”).

This heat will be in full force as Femi and his band tour the U.S. and Canada this summer.

The Iranian Underground: Small World Music Presents Kiosk June 1 2013 in Toronto

From a release:

Small World Music Presents
Iranian Underground Rockers Kiosk
the Mod Club - Toronto
June 1, 2013

* Note Early Start * (Doors at 7:00) 19+ Event

‘Kiosk's stinging political satire is hidden within its blues and folksy sound...Their lyrics are a social commentary on the issues that affect the daily lives of Iranians all over the world.’ -- BBC World

Praised for their sharp and satirical lyrics and a unique blend of musical styles from rock to gypsy jazz to Iranian folk, Kiosk is an underground Iranian music band founded in 2003 by Arash Sobhani in Tehran. The band first made a name for itself by recording material considered “inappropriate” by the Islamic cultural authorities. Prevented from performing in public or publishing in studios in Tehran, Sobhani moved to the US in 2005 where he led Kiosk to release the album, “Ordinary Man” the first Iranian underground album ever” officially” released in the west.The album was well-received by music critics and fans alike, both inside and outside of Iran and was made available on major music distribution channels in the West, a first for Iranian underground music.

OnBroadway: Performing Arts Training Program for Kids 6-18 July 15 - Aug 2 2013 in New York City

From a release:

Performing Arts Training Program

Theater • Music • Dance
Stagecraft • Design
For students ages 6-18

July 15 - August 2, 2013

Week One: July 15 through July 19
Week Two: July 22 through July 26
Week Three: July 29 through August 2

The Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive @ 120th Street
New York, NY

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Early drop off and late pick up available.)

$425 per week
Get an additional 10% off if you register your child for all three weeks.

• Register by Friday, June 7 and get the chance to attend an exclusive open house event on Monday, June 10.

Exclusive OnBroadway Open House Event - June 10 2013
Families of students who are registered by Friday June 7th, will receive tickets to our "Night OnBroadway" event. Those registered will get an awesome glimpse of the caliber of instructors associated with OnBroadway PATP, while enjoying performances from Broadway's best.

• To register and for more information visit our website

On Broadway: Performing Arts Training Program is New York’s new sensational summer camp for students ages 6 – 18, created by Rema Webb (currently cast in Lion King on Broadway and an original Broadway cast member of Book of Mormon) who will lead disciplined master classes and share her secrets of success to a Broadway career that has spanned the past 15 years! This year’s sensational camp includes (exclusive to NYC and tri-state area):

• A Lion King Theme
• Master classes led by Broadway Performers/Directors
• Core classes led by experienced industry professionals
• Free T-shirt to all campers
• Extended Hours available
• Camp Trip to Broadway’s Lion King* (talkback with cast included) for WEEK THREE Campers! (*extra fee for Lion King trip)

One, two, or, three week camps are available. To get the most out of this opportunity, it is suggested you experience all three weeks. Learn how to become a triple threat in the performing arts while having a sensational summer camp experience!

Broadway veteran REMA WEBB (Ragtime, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King) has developed an exciting summer camp with inspiring, disciplined, creative classes taught by some of the best and brightest theater artists in NYC, including many who are currently working on Broadway. Register your child for OnBroadway: Performing Arts Training Program today!

NFB & MIT Team Up to Explore Interactive Media

From a media release:

NFB filmmaker Katerina Cizek named Visiting Artist
at Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Toronto -
In a first-ever collaboration between two pioneering interactive media organizations, National Film Board of Canada (NFB) documentarian Katerina Cizek will be working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) OpenDocLab to develop the next production in the NFB's multi-award-winning HIGHRISE documentary project, a multi-year, multimedia, collaborative documentary experiment that explores the human experience in global vertical suburbs.

Cizek begins work with the OpenDocLab team this fall, as part of MIT¡¯s Visiting Artists Program.

It's an unprecedented collaboration between the NFB, a world leader in interactive non-fiction production, and MIT OpenDocLab, which brings technologists, storytellers and scholars together to advance the new arts of documentary.

This joint project grew out of discussions between HIGHRISE producer Gerry Flahive of the NFB, Prof. William Uricchio, principal investigator of MIT OpenDocLab, and Sarah Wolozin, OpenDocLab director, on how their organizations could pool their creative talents to explore new ways of telling stories and harness the NFB's expertise in taking an artistic approach to new communications technologies.

Cizek will work with scholars and apartment residents to ask how new technological forms are reshaping the personal lives of residents in an understudied but iconic space of the global city: the suburban high-rise community. Cizek's work at MIT is slated to wrap in mid-2014.

"We are thrilled that Kat Cizek will be joining us. It will be interesting to see how MIT's research informs Kat's storytelling and the HIGHRISE project, and vice versa. This residency will give Kat and our researchers the time to explore the potential of new technologies and methodologies to enable participatory and data-driven storytelling. We look forward to a rich exchange," said Sarah Wolozin.

HIGHRISE has garnered some of the Web's highest honours, including an International Digital Emmy Award for Digital Program: Non-fiction, and the inaugural IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling from the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, for the webdoc Out My Window. HIGHRISE is also currently collaborating with The New York Times and its Op-Docs section¨Da forum for short POV documentaries¨Don the multi-platform project A Short History of the Highrise, premiering later this year at and

About MIT's Visiting Artists Program
The arts have been an integral part of MIT since the 1960s. The Visiting Artists Program brings internationally acclaimed artists to engage with MIT¡¯s creative community in ways that are mutually enlightening for the artists and faculty, students and research staff at the Institute. The program has sponsored visits by Tomas Saraceno, Vik Muniz, Gustavo Dudamel, Trevor Paglen, Cai Guo-Qiang, Junot Diaz, Jason Moran and Bill Viola. In this series, the Visiting Artists Program offers a rich exchange of ideas, problem-solving and creative dialogues within the community.

About MIT Open Documentary Lab
MIT's Open Documentary Lab brings technologists, storytellers and scholars together to advance the new arts of documentary. Drawing on MIT's legacy of media innovation and its deep commitment to open and accessible information, the Open Documentary Lab is a place of generative dialogue between media makers, technologists and scholars. By participating in Lab activities, visiting artists and aspiring media makers not only explore the potential of new technologies, they collaborate with MIT researchers to shape the storytelling practices of the future.

About the NFB
The National Film Board of Canada creates groundbreaking interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation. The NFB's award-winning content can be seen at and on apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV. Canada's public producer and distributor since 1939, the NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 7 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies.

Recently Released: Natalia Clavier's 'Lumen' Nacional Records (May 28, 2013)

From a release:

Recently Released:
Natalia Clavier's 'Lumen'
Nacional Records (May 28, 2013)
Buy the album here

On May 28th, Nacional Records released the new album from Natalia Clavier (long-time vocalist of Thievery Corporation). The album was produced by Grammy-winning producer Adrian Quesada (Ocote Soul Sounds, Grupo Fantasma, Brownout).

With a sultry mix of jazz/soul-inspired vocals in both English and Spanish, electronic textures and global influences, ‘Lumen’ further develops the sound the Natalia Clavier cultivated while recording and touring with both Thievery Corporation and her husband, Argentinean singer-songwriter Federico Aubele. Natalia Clavier was ESL Music’s first female artist and the touring vocalist for Thievery Corporation, giving her opportunities to tour the globe performing at the world’s largest festival stages.

A streaming player + a download widget for your listening pleasure (with a free song download):

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tap Dance Meets Kora in Harlem: the National Jazz Museum Parallax Series May 28 2013

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
PARALLAX CONVERSATION SERIES featuring Andrew Nemr and Yacouba Sissoko
May. 28, 2013

Other Jazz Museum events include poetry slams, the Jazz for Curious Listeners free course series, Harlem in the Himalayas concerts and much more.

Check the calendar for what's coming up

HARLEM (NEW YORK CITY) - Last night I checked out a really interesting event in the National Jazz Museum in Harlem's Parallax Series. The series presents varied artists together to talk about their work and perform in an open conversation with the audience. (And I should mention, that like many Jazz Musuem events, it was free of charge.)

The event features tap dancer Andrew Nemr and Malian kora master Yacouba Sissoko at the Metropolitan United Church at 126th and Madison and began with each artist telling the story of how they got into their discipline. Andrew Nemr is an engaging storyteller as well as a mesmerizing tap dancer and his story was one of inspiration by the generation of greats that came before him - people like Gregory Hines - and the film that, at a very young age, made him fall in love with the art. He danced as he spoke, his steps illustrating his inspirations and progress.

Yacouba talked about the background of his art - one that stretches back to 12th century Mali and the great Mande (Malinka) Empire of Sundiata Keita, when the kora was a sacred instrument played by the new griot clans only for the king. The Sissoko family was chosen as the griot clan, to be musicians and storytellers, the living keepers of the history of their people. Yacouba himself was trained by his grandfather and he is in turn passing along the skill to his own son. Fascinatingly, he demonstrated how the kora is taught, from a simple three note rhythm that gradually adds the layers of complexity and polyrhythms associated with its traditional music.

The evening's discussions brought to light a number of really interesting themes and parallels, the first of which was the storytelling aspect to both arts. Yacouba and Andrew talked about their practice as being a continuation of the history and tradition inherent in their disciplines. "Being able to honour what you're given while being able to put it into the context you're in," is how Andrew described it. For him, that includes teaching as a way of passing along tap dance to a new generation. To Yacouba, that idea has involved bringing his very traditional instrument to modern North America to not only spread the word about it but also to experiment with various musical idioms. He's played with many American jazz musicians, including violinist Regina Carter and in the past, people like Paul Simon and Harry Belafonte. "It's a universal language that can bring you together no matter where you come from," he noted. While both loved the modern climate of unlimited musical exchange, the 'free for all' aspect is one of its drawbacks. "People are listening to you everywhere, but you have nothing," he said with a laugh.

At the end, they performed together - completely improvised. In fact, Andrew said he'd deliberately not looked up anything to do with the kora to be fresh. It is the nature of the kora to mesmerize and of tap dancing to entrance - the results were nothing short of fantastic.

Monday, May 27, 2013

CanStage Shakespeare in High Park Toronto June 26 to September 1 2013

From a release:

Presented by
BMO Financial Group

Wed, Fri, Sun at 8 pm,  June 26 to September 1, 2013

Taming of the Shrew:
Tue, Thu, Sat at 8 pm,  July 6 to August 31, 2013

High Park Amphitheatre
RUN TIME: 90 mins
BY William Shakespeare
DIRECTED BY Ker Wells (Macbeth) and Ted Witzel (Shrew)

This summer, see Shakespeare's powerful tragedy Macbeth and early comedy The Taming of the Shrew under the stars. Both works will be playing outdoors throughout the summer on alternate nights, a rare repertoire summer at Shakespeare in High Park. This pay-what-you-can event is one of Toronto’s favourite traditions.

Directed by Ker Wells

Macbeth tells the story of a general’s battle with ambition, the temptation of power and his struggle to retain his grasp on his humanity. Audiences will be challenged by Shakespeare’s remarkable text to empathize with a charismatic and deeply human tragic villain, asking themselves under what circumstances they might be tempted to commit similar acts. This production of the classic tragedy will be both thought-provoking viscerally thrilling to watch.

The Taming of the Shrew
Directed by Ted Witzel

The Taming of the Shrew follows the romantic entanglements of two sisters, Katherina and Bianca. Frustrated by the swinish men who populate her world, Kate vows she’ll never wed. Bianca has suitors by the truckload, but is forbidden to marry until her older sister has.

Bianca’s situation seems hopeless until Kate meets Petruchio, a lost soul with a gambling problem and a wit that rivals hers. This production transposes the play to a contemporary setting in a brightly coloured, plastic world where Eurotrash meets West Hollywood to highlight the enduring relevance of the play’s provocative gender politics. A feast for the eyes, and food for thought.

A Canadian Stage production in collaboration with the Department of Theatre in the Faculty of Fine Arts, York University

This general-admission event is free for children 14 and under and pay-what you-can for adults ($20 suggested minimum donation). Food, beverages and blankets are available for purchase.

No Pets Please
With exception to service and guide dogs, pets are not allowed in the High Park Amphitheatre.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Broadway Ticket Discount: Cicely Tyson, Cuba Gooding Jr. & Vanessa Williams in The Trip to Bountiful - Extended to Sept 1 2013

From a media release:

Broadway Ticket Discount:
The Trip to Bountiful
Extended through Sept 1, 2013
Starring Cicely Tyson, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Vanessa Williams

Save over 35% off regular ticket prices when you use code TBWTG305*
• See other ways to save below*

Ending a 30 year absence, celebrated actress Cecily Tyson, three-time Emmy® Award winner for “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and “Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All” and Academy Award® nominee for Sounder, makes her triumphant return to Broadway in this eagerly anticipated new production, directed by the foremost interpreter of Horton Foote’s work, Michael Wilson (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Dividing the Estate).

THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL follows Carrie Watts (Tyson), an active, highly motivated widow living in a cramped apartment in Houston in the Spring of 1953 with her son (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and daughter-in-law (Vanessa Williams). Carrie escapes her relatives’ watchful eyes to realize her dearest dream: to return to her beloved hometown, Bountiful. What starts as an ordinary trip soon becomes an inspiring and life-changing journey of discovery.

HORTON FOOTE (Playwright) was awarded the National Medal of Arts Award from President Clinton in 2000, Mr. Foote’s prolific writing career began with his first play, Texas Town, produced Off-Broadway in 1941.  Since then his plays have been produced on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off Off-Broadway, and at many theaters around the country.

MICHAEL WILSON (Director) is one of the most acclaimed interpreters of Horton Foote’s plays, having directed Dividing the Estate on Broadway, as well as the premiere of Foote’s three part, nine hour epic The Orphans’ Home Cycle, for which he received a Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Direction of a Play.

THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL is Horton Foote's masterpiece about memory, mortality and the undeniable, universal yearning for home. Don't miss this powerful show The Wall Street Journal calls, "unforgetably excellent."

*The Details:
Weekday performances

Select Orchestra and Front Mezzanine $99.50 (reg $132)
Select Mid Mezzanine $69.50 (reg $92)
Rear Mezzanine $37 (reg $37)

Weekend performances
Select Orchestra and Front Mezzanine $106 (reg $142)
Select Mid Mezzanine $78 (reg $97)
Rear Mezzanine $37 (reg $37)

Stephen Sondheim Theatre
124 West 43rd Street, between Broadway & 6th Avenue, New York City

To purchase tickets:
1. VISIT and enter code TBWTG305.
2. CALL 212.947.8844 and mention code TBWTG305.

LAST LAUGH by Eric Lockley - May 29 to June 2 2013 in New York City

From a media release:

terraNOVA Collective 10th Annual soloNOVA Festival

The Movement Theatre Company's
written & performed by Eric Lockley
directed by Jonathan McCrory
IRT Theater, New York City
May 29 - June 2, 2013

All Seats $20

NEW YORK CITY - Song and dance man, Noman Whitfield, and slapstick comedian, Lincoln Berry, are black entertainers at the top of their game.

But big smiles, fancy feet and shuckin' and jivin' may come at a high cost. A dark comedy, loosely based on the mind space of performers Sammy Davis, Jr. and Lincoln Perry (aka Stepin Fetchit), LAST LAUGH is a hilarious, at times, shocking character study that exposes the dangerously blurry line between performance and reality.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 @ 9:00 pm
Saturday, June 1, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
Sunday, June 2, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

All Seats $20

IRT Theater 154 Christopher Street
(between Greenwich & Washington),
New York, NY 10014

• Directions: Take 1 Train to Christopher St. - Walk west towards the Hudson River.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

SoulOTheatre Festival - May 23 to 26, 2013 in Toronto

From a media release:

Tracey Erin Smith's SoulOTheatre announces
A Window on the SoulO
a theatrical installation for its first-ever
SoulOTheatre Festival - May 23 to 26, 2013
With 7 top performer/playwrights from North America including
Chris Gibbs and Precious Chong!

Tickets on sale here

Toronto - A
rtistic Director Tracey Erin Smith announces a new theatrical installation for the SoulOTheatre Festival, which runs May 23-26 at the Red Sandcastle Theatre in Toronto's Leslieville.

A Window on the SoulO puts everyone in the spotlight! For the duration of the festival, A Window on the Soulo will feature surprise appearances from festival performers along with SoulOTheatre graduates and students who all will take turns sitting for an hour at a time, writing in the store front, Queen Street window of the Red Sandcastle Theatre.

Observers and passersby will be invited to fill out and hold up cards to the window asking the artists to answer a specific question or suggest a topic for their writing.  

Precious Chong, whose world premiere of Precious, like the Adjective closes the festival, will be in the window on May 23 from 7pm-8pm, just prior to the Gala Opening of the festival (Chris Gibbs' Antoine Feval).

The other mainstage productions showcasing the mighty art form of the one-person show include the Canadian premiere of Beowulf or Gilgamesh, You Decide! from Charlie Bethel, and showstoppers Goddess from Alex Dallas, Naked Ballerina from Sarah Murphy Dyson, Desperate Church Wives from Diane Johnstone and Cancer Can't Dance Like This from Daniel Stolfi.

SoulOTheatre's inaugural SoulOTheatre Festival includes some of the best solo performers from Canada and the United States. Smith, along with Artistic Producers Elenna Mosoff and Briane Nasimok, has scheduled four jam-packed days and evenings of hilarious, moving, innovative and provocative solo shows, along with workshops and panels covering everything a performer or prospective performer needs to know about putting on a one-person show.

Tracey Erin Smith's SoulOTheatre presents the inaugural
SoulOTheatre Festival
May 23 - 26, 2013
at The Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen Street East, Toronto

Opening Night Show & Festival Gala with Chris Gibbs: $50
Mainstage Single Tickets: $20 at the door; $15 in advance
Panels & Workshops: $10 at the door.

Full festival Pass: $90
A Festival Pass gives access to all shows, panels, and workshops (except for Opening Night Show/Gala & The Master Class)

For full schedule, info and tickets:  Visit to book online or call 416-465-5609

Toronto Arts News: Toronto Arts Council Announces $800,000 in New Programs

From a media release:

And for once it's good.

Toronto Arts Council releases the City of Toronto/TAC report Creating Value with Increased Investment in the Arts

May 16, 2013, Toronto – TAC Invests $800,000 in New Programs

This morning at City Hall Claire Hopkinson, Director and CEO of Toronto Arts Council announced the release of two exciting new grants programs to a packed room crowded with artists and arts leaders, business patrons of the arts, politicians, and the media. The total investment represents $800,000 in new arts funding over the next two years, and is only a portion of new funding that TAC will be offering.

Toronto Arts Council will invest $300,000 to support thirty youth arts projects through a new strategic partnership with ArtReach Toronto. Through this strategic partnership, both Toronto Arts Council and ArtReach Toronto will focus on increasing access and opportunity for cultural participation for all youth regardless of age, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, geography or socioeconomic status.

Toronto Arts Council also announced a contribution of $500,000 over the next two years to artsVest, a matching incentive and sponsorship training program for small and mid-sized arts and culture organizations was developed by Business for the Arts. Launched in 2002, the artsVest program helps arts and culture organizations form funding partnerships with the business community by providing them with matching incentive funds, in-depth sponsorship training and community networking events. The TAC commitment to the artsVest program is being matched by a $500,000 ($250K per year) grant from Canadian Heritage. The second grant announced today is a contribution of $800,000.

Also today Toronto Arts Council released the City of Toronto/Toronto Arts Council report Creating Value with Increased Investment in the Arts, which identifies and targets immediate arts funding principles and priorities and longer term programs and goals. This report was created following the City of Toronto’s unanimous vote (April 4, 2013) to allocate a $6 million increase to arts and culture funding, from revenues generated through the Billboard tax, $4 million of which is directed to Toronto Arts Council’s grants program. This is an important first step towards realizing the City's commitment to $25 per capita arts funding.

Ballet Eifman of St. Petersburg in Canadian Premiere of Rodin at the Sony Centre Toronto May 23-25 2013

From a media release:

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and Show One Productions
proudly present the Toronto premiere of the
Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg
with the Canadian premiere of Rodin
Choreographed by Boris Eifman
May 23 to 25 2013

- Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and Show One Productions proudly present the Toronto debut of Russia's most exciting modern ballet company, the internationally renowned Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, with the Canadian premiere of its latest masterpiece, Rodin. This full-length contemporary ballet by visionary choreographer Boris Eifman runs three nights only - Thursday, May 23 to Saturday, May 25 - at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, its exclusive Canadian dates.

In Rodin, Boris Eifman, Artistic Director of the Eifman Ballet, draws his inspiration from the complex passions of a great artist. Rodin is an exploration of the remarkable life and art of the great French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) and his turbulent relationship with his apprentice, mistress and muse, Camille Claudel. Set to music by Ravel, Saint-Saëns and Massenet, Rodin is a tale of artistic inspiration and the terrible price of genius.

Oleg Gabyshev this week received the 2013 Golden Mask Russian National Theater Award for his title role in Rodin. (Rodin was also nominated for Best Production, Best Choreographer and Best Female Dancer -Lyubov Andreeva).

With Rodin, Eifman has created a contemporary performance where dance and sculpture come together and find an unprecedented camaraderie in a modern ballet of love, lust and jealousy. For 15 years, Rodin and Claudel had been as one sensual and creative body. A painful break-up shattered their personal and artistic relationship and Claudel's mental state. She declined into paranoia and lived out the rest of her life, isolated and forgotten for 30 years, in an asylum.

Boris Eifman is considered the face of modern Russian ballet. He is noted for creating original choreographic works based on classical ballet infused with the spirit of contemporary choreography. He has been on the cutting-edge of the art form, pushing it into the realm of what he calls "psychological ballet." His full-length ballets combine dramatic stagecraft, exquisite technique and powerful dramatic interpretation.

To capture the human spirit as Rodin and Claudel did so brilliantly in bronze and stone, was Eifman's intention in creating "one of the great ballets of the 21st century." (NYC Dance Stuff). "To turn a moment, frozen in stone, into an irrepressible stream of sensuous body movements is what I was striving for," says Eifman.

Of Rodin, Eifman explains: "The life and love of Rodin and Claudel is an amazing story of two artists in an incredibly dramatic alliance in which everything interlaced: passion, hatred, artistic jealousy. The spiritual and energetic interchange of the two sculptors is a unique phenomenon: living together with Rodin, Camille was not only inspiring him, helping him find a new style and create masterpieces, but also going through the impetuous development of her own talent; actually, she was transforming into a great master. After her break-up with Rodin, Claudel began to plunge into the darkness of insanity. Her soul was burnt to ashes with a pathological hatred to her former teacher and lover, who had stolen, in Camille's opinion, her life and gift. Rodin's longing for his muse and the torments of his conscience, as well as the Claudel's delusions-or the insane Erinye, an alter-ego full of sick obsessions-all of these are reflected in the new ballet."

About Boris Eifman / Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg:
Boris Eifman is noted in the world of contemporary dance for probing the psychological depths of his subjects and expressing them with riveting choreography and physical expression.  Having created more than 40 ballets (Onegin, The Seagull, Anna Karenina, Russian Hamlet, and others), he is one of the few Russian choreographers to have sustained such a prolific creative life in recent decades. Eifman has received Russia's prestigious Golden Mask Award for both his works and his lifetime achievement in contemporary choreography. He is also a four-time recipient of the St. Petersburg theater award, The Golden Sofit. His other awards and distinctions include the Triumph Award, the Russian state award for his contribution to the development of the performing arts, induction into France's Order of Arts and Letter; the distinguished title of The People's Artist of Russia and a professorship at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet.

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and Show One Productions present
Ballet Eifman of St. Petersburg in Rodin

Choreographer: Boris Eifman
Music: Maurice Ravel, Camille Saint-Saëns, Jules Massenet, Erik Satie
Set Designer: Zinovy Margolin
Costumes: Olga Shaishmelashvili
Lighting: Gleb Filshtinsky, Boris Eifman

Thursday, May 23 to Saturday, May 25, 2013, 7:30PM - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East

Tickets: $55-$145 (plus applicable service charges)
Sony Centre box office: 1-855-872-SONY (7669) OR online at
Discounts are available for groups of 8 or more. Call the Group Tix Company: 647-438-5559 or 1-866-447-7849 (toll free) or online at

Eifman Ballet's Rodin from Sony Centre on Vimeo.

Film Screening: Let There Be Light May 22 2013 in New York City

From a media release:

Film Screening: Let There Be Light
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 - 7:30 PM
New York City
Discussion with the producer/Director Peter Swanson will follow

NEW YORK CITY - A new film "Let There Be Light" will have its first New York screening on May 22nd at 7:30 PM at the Salmagundi Art Club in Greenwich Village. 

Narrated by Garrison Keillor, the film follows grand master of stained glass Rowan LeCompte as he makes his last great window for Washington National Cathedral.  The film recently won "Best of the Festival" at the DC Independent Film Festival.  We are thrilled that this prestigious art club is hosting this event as the film captures the passion, pain and pleasure of the creative process. 

Founded in 1871, the Salmangundi Art Club is one of the oldest art organizations in the United States. Housed in an historic brownstone mansion in Greenwich Village, New York City, the Club offers programs including art classes, exhibitions, painting demonstrations, and art auctions throughout the year for members and the general public.

Let There Be Light
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
7:30 PM
Discussion with the producer/Director Peter Swanson will follow
come Early for Dinner, or Drinks at the bar!

Reservations required - please email the filmmaker Peter Swanson at
$10 donations are encouraged and appreciated

Immerse Yourself in Film: 360 Screenings May 31 & June 1 2013 in Toronto

From a media release:

Lose Your Sanity at 360 Screenings
Tickets are 90% sold-out for immersive screening series
May 31 & June 1, 2013


Toronto, ON-
360 Screenings has expanded their popular interactive screening series to include two days and three separate productions on May 31st and June 1st, each offering the same immersive experience.  A fusion of theatre, cinema and cocktail party, 360 Screenings will be celebrating their one year anniversary with their largest event to-date with a record number of ticket sales.

360 Screenings allow audience members to become fully immersed in a beloved film of the past through different interactive experiences. Participants could find themselves leaving letters for friends and families during a zombie apocalypse, having a French lesson for their day in Paris, learning to make soap in an underground fight club or connecting to the other-side with the help of a psychic medium. Each production is held at a historic Toronto building, which is revealed 24 hours prior to the event. The film is kept secret until the conclusion of the evening with the actual screening. Actors, set designs and familiar scenes are re-created while audience members attempt to guess the film.

Clues through the 360 Screenings Twitter and Facebook pages leading up to the event lend themselves to the film's identity and encourage participants to interact before the event has even started. Past 360 Screenings have included Ghost, Fight Club, 28 Days Later and Amélie.

Notice the clue? Think you know the next film? Send your best guess to @360Screenings #guessthefilm! (Image below from the Fight Club screening in October 2012 in the Distillery District)

LOCATION: Secret until 24 hours in advance
May 31st,  7:00pm
June 1st,   2:00pm
June 1st ,  7:00pm
COST: $60 - $40 for art workers/under 30. Cash bar.

About 360 Screenings:
360 Screenings began in May 2012 with a production of Jerry Zucker’s GHOST. The film and 360 experience played to a sold out audience. 360 Screenings produce events that combine live performance with traditional film viewing. Beloved films of the past set the stage at historic and unique venues while audiences are instructed on what to wear, and where to show up only 24 hours prior to the screening.  The film is kept hidden until the night of the event. From the moment audiences arrive they ‘step into the film.’  The venue, which could be a loft, a field, or any unique location, is furnished entirely to reflect the film's environment. Part cocktail party, part live performance event, part film screening, 360 Screenings is changing the way Canadians enjoy cinema. They invite film lovers of all walks to step into the film.

Produced with the assistance of the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto

360 Screenings is generously supported by:
Media Sponsor: BlogTO
Wine Sponsor: Creekside Estate Winery
Beer Sponsor: Steam Whistle

Free Download - Best New Sounds of Latin Music: Volume 4 from Nacional Records

From my friends at Nacional Records in Los Angeles:

We wanted to share a new global bass remix from Raul Y Mexia by Captain Planet:

The remix is now available for FREE DOWNLOAD along with 22 other free songs on the brand new Nacional Records 2013 label sampler: 


Raul Y Mexia are Latin music royalty, the two sons of legendary Los Tigres del Norte singer Hernan Hernandez. Their album was produced by Toy Selectah – who recently hit #1 on the Billboard charts in the US and Mexico with 3BallMTY’s “Intentalo.” Raul Y Mexia have been recently profiled in NY Times, Billboard and NPR, with upcoming syncs in HBO Latino, ESPN and the new Grand Theft Auto video game

The new Nacional Records ‘Best New Sounds of Latin Music. Volume 4’ compilation features hip-hop/cumbia fusion, bilingual indie rock, ethereal pop, heavy electronic dance music, Latin funk and everything in between. 

The free download features new music from Grammy nominees Ana Tijoux, La Vida Boheme and Los Amigos Invisibles, plus exclusive unreleased music from upcoming albums from Natalia Clavier (vocalist from Thievery Corporation) and Elastic Bond, not to mention great tracks from fan-favorites Tom Tom Club and Mexican Institute of Sound.

The Glass Menagerie on Broadway with Zachary Quinto - Tickets Now On Sale

From a release:

Zachary Quinto Stars in

A.R.T.’s Acclaimed Production
Limited Engagement of Seventeen Weeks Only
Performances begin September 5, 2013 on Broadway at the Booth Theatre


NEW YORK CITY - The Glass Menagerie is Tennessee William’s poetic masterpiece, anchored by the ageing southern belle Amanda Wingfield, who hopes for her son Tom to fulfill her dreams of finding the perfect “gentleman caller” for her shy and damaged daughter Laura.

The Glass Menagerie Cast Members:
Cherry Jones, Zachary Quinto, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Brian J. Smith (image below by Michael J. Lutch)

The Glass Menagerie Creative Team
Author: Tennessee Williams
Director: John Tiffany
Producer: Jeffrey Richards, John N. Hart
Press Agent: Jeffrey Richards Associates

Producers Jeffrey Richards and John N. Hart Jr., in association with the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), are pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for the 17-week limited engagement of the critically-acclaimed revival of The Glass Menagerie at the Booth Theatre (222 W 45th Street) with performances beginning Thursday, September 5, 2013, and an opening night set for Thursday, September 26th.The production will star multiple Tony and Emmy Award-winner Cherry Jones as Amanda Wingfield, film and stage star Zachary Quinto as Tom, two-time Tony-nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger as Laura, and Brian J. Smith as Jim, the Gentleman Caller.

The Glass Menagerie is headed by the award-winning team of Once, directed by Tony Award-winner John Tiffany with set and costumes by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz, and sound by Clive Goodwin. Original music is composed by Nico Muhly, and movement by longtime Tiffany collaborator Steven Hoggett.

Booth Theatre Booth Theatre Broadway
222 West 45th Street (Between Broadway and 8th Avenue) New York NY 10036

Tickets can be purchased at, by calling (212) 239-6200or at the box office of the Booth Theatre.

CD Release: Oliver Mtukudzi's Sarawoga (U.S. Release May 21 2013)

From a media release:

The Metaphor of Everyday Life: African Great Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi Returns with New Album, Ongoing Poetic Message
Sarawoga (U.S. release May 21, 2013)

Oliver Mtukudzi, affectionately called “Tuku” by fans worldwide, has weathered storms with his sharp observations and gracious emphasis on the basic human experiences that unite us all: childhood and aging, respect and hope, women’s rights and AIDS, community and connection.

“My music and art come from the everyday living I do,” Mtukudzi reflects. “I write what I see around me. When I see something, I have something real to talk about. If there is something to talk about, there’s something to sing about, and there’s always something new to talk about.”

Tuku’s latest album Sarawoga (U.S. release: May 21, 2013) proves that the venerable artist still has plenty to say. With a career that spans the birth of his native Zimbabwe and the advent of both Afropop and the global love affair with African roots music, Tuku’s quicksilver guitar work, keen ear for melody, and evocative voice have earned him intense adulation at home. His organic, savvy mix of traditional ways, pan-African influences, and cosmopolitan pop forms became widely known as Tuku Music. It has made Tuku a household name across Southern Africa, as well as across Europe and North America, thanks in part to major releases of his work in the 1990s and 2000s.

Revered as both accomplished musician and public figure, Tuku has explored a variety of media over his long, successful career: launched a popular local arts center, mentored countless local musicians, produced musicals, made films, and spoken out in a soft but persuasive way on key issues in Zimbabwean and African society.

Born into a family of modest means but great musical spirit, Tuku grew up singing with his parents and siblings in a rough-edged neighborhood in Harare, in what was still Rhodesia, a colony dominated by a ruling European minority. “I left school and for three years, I couldn’t find a job. I was one of the few guys among my peers with a fine secondary education,” Tuku recalls. “But I couldn’t get a job because I was black.”

Tuku found unique ways to address and combat oppression. As a young performer in his early twenties, he and his colleagues began confronting the regime through music. He cut his first successful single in 1975 and performed with another of Zimbabwe’s favorite musical sons, Thomas Mapfumo, as part of the legendary Wagon Wheels. Forerunners of the Afropop revolution, the band put an electric spin on long-standing traditions, in songs inspired, among other subjects, by their country’s recent war of liberation from colonial oppression.

“Before independence in 1980, it was the fight against the Rhodesian regime. My music then spoke against oppression and the repressive regime and how we were suffering at the hands of the regime,” Tuku remembers. “My music then helped people identify themselves…who we were and what we wanted to be.”

Though his early work fell squarely into the burgeoning rock- and funk-inspired Afropop of the era, Tuku always felt it as a continuation of older, deeper roots. “Even when I played with electric equipment, I always adapted older tunes,” explains Tuku. “I played guitar like I was playing a traditional instrument.”

After striking out on his own from the Wagon Wheels and recruiting his own band of stylish young performers, The Black Seeds, Tuku experienced the ups and downs that mark the careers of many seasoned musicians. He collaborated with dozens of Zimbabwean talents, worked with South African producers and musicians (including members of the Southern African super group Mahube he helped found), and organically blended musical directions from across Southern Africa.

Yet in one of his most significant creative moves, Tuku eventually turned back to his musical foundation, to traditional sounds, stunning the Zimbabwean scene by playing pop on traditional instruments like mbira (thumb piano) and marimba, alongside his trademark acoustic guitar. “People didn’t think you could have traditional instruments play like an organ or synth,” he notes. “But you can find that sound in a traditional instrument.”

Tuku went about reframing and refining these sounds to make a very clear and passionate point. He hoped to find a new place in the musical culture for these vital, older instruments. “I realized that our youngsters were thinking that these instruments were the worst and were looking down on them. But the pop songs everyone was listening to sounded just as good on traditional instruments,” recounts Tuku. “So I did three albums playing all songs that way, on traditional instruments, to prove the point that our instruments aren’t inferior and our young people shouldn’t feel inferior, either.”

Tuku’s message—from his first songs protesting colonial injustice to his latest compositions calling for respect and kindness—has always been woven from metaphor. Favoring imagery and small snapshots to sweeping political statements, Tuku sees his lyrics as springing from a deep well of vivid metaphor found in Shona, the majority vernacular language of Zimbabwe, just as his music finds its beginnings in traditional sounds. This more literary approach to expression not only had its aesthetic advantages, but embraces the full ambiguity and complexity of life.

“The metaphorical possibilities are part the beauty of my language,” Tuku muses. “It is not only the most beautiful but the best way to express many things. It gives a full view of life, lots of life.”

With five dozen albums under his belt, as well as an ongoing curiosity to explore other media (film, theater) and work with young, aspiring artists, Tuku has kept his passion for musical creativity, even after nearly five decades of work. Still savoring tours and life on the road, Tuku says, “You get to a place and even if you’ve been waiting and travelling, you find something else, something fresh, there. It’s something new and it’s wonderful.”

Now accompanied by a mixed ensemble of young and veteran musicians, Tuku constantly explores subtle new ways of drawing his listeners into greater thoughtfulness, of expressing the universal in life’s little things.

“One of the songs on this album”—Tuku’s 61st—“is a welcome song,” he says with a smile. “It’s a song that welcomes everybody, including the oppressor, because welcome has got no boundaries.” Much like Tuku music itself.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Eclectic Jazz: Carmen Souza's CD Release, New York City & Toronto Dates & More June 2013

With material from a media release:

Carmen Souza
New CD: Kachupada

@drom New York City June 14, 2013

@ TD Toronto Jazz Festival
Wednesday, June 26th 2013
Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1T8
8pm & 10pm / $35.60 /

Tickets Here

Cape Verdean songstress Carmen Souza announces a North American summer tour, celebrating the release of her new album Kachupada. On June 14th she'll be in New York CIty at drom and June 26th she’ll be performing at the Jazz Bistro in Toronto.

Carmen Souza and Theo Pas‘cal complement each other musically in an ingenious way has already been shown in their successful cooperation over the last few years. The latest studio-album called Kachupada, that was recorded in London and Lisbon will be released in North America on June 11, 2013, continues this tradition. The title of the album was inspired by the favorite Cape Verdean dish Kachupada that, with its wide variety of ingredients and spices, reflects the multiplicity of influences in Carmen Souza‘s music.

Carmen Souza tells stories taken from real life, she indulges in melancholy, radiates vitality and on the wings of her African heritage she resorts to her rich musical treasure trove. Carmen Souza intermingles jazz-lines with Cape Verde-an sounds, scatting tunes, caressing the melodies. Her interpretation of the jazz-standards “My Favourite Things“ (Richard Rogers / Oscar Hammerstein II) or “Donna Lee“ (Charlie Parker / Miles Davis) sounds exotic and at the same time very familiar.

Carmen been peforming for more than half her life and it shows in the facility with which she uses her voice She growls, she squeaks and at times approaches heavenly purity. Her voice is fluid and elastic, expressive and emotive whether you understand the language or not. She plays with the words and rhythms - at times at dizzying speeds. The songs are often playful and bouncy in tone; sometimes influenced by the undeniable rhythms of African guitars. Influenced by its Portuguese history, Cape Verdean music often has a flavour akin to Latin or Cuban rhythms.

She has assembled a top notch cadre of musicians to help her out, capable of an impressive rhythmic complexity. Along with the solidest of rhythm sections and guitar, in various songs you'll hear flute, accordion, violin, keyboardsor saxophone..

One of the CDs highlights for me is Xinxinroti, a song where the eccentricities of her vocal style come in perfect synch with the music; at times delicate and breathy, at others vibrant and pure in tone. I was also taken with 6 On Ne Tarrafal, a plaintive acoustic guitar based ballad (see video above).

Carmen Souza represents a newer generation of artists whose globally influenced and idiom-bending music defies categorization and she'll be on tour in North America throughout June.

•  June 14: DROM, NYC, NY

DanceAfrica May 24 to 27 2013 at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

From a media release:

May 24—May 27, 2013
Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
RUN TIME: 2hrs with intermission

Part of 2013 Winter/Spring Season
Artistic Director Chuck Davis

- Created by Chuck Davis in 1977, DanceAfrica—the nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance—brings together performance, art, film, and an array of community events for an exhilarating celebration of culture from Africa and its diaspora. For the annual Memorial Day weekend performances, BAM welcomes Umkhathi Theatre Works from Zimbabwe, plus Brooklyn’s own BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble and additional companies, for a program that promises to inspire. And don’t miss the one-and-only outdoor bazaar! Agoo! Amée!!

Umkhathi Theatre Works (Zimbabwe)

Umkhathi Theatre Works is a theater and dance troupe formed in 1997 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, currently in residence at Salukazi Performing Arts Centre in Njube, Zimbabwe. The company has emerged as a leading theater organization in its home country and has performed throughout Africa and as far from home as Aberdeen, Scotland. Its mission is to strive for community development through the arts while reviving African cultures and traditions.

BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble
An annual favorite and symbol of youth involvement in the preservation of African heritage, the BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble returns to the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House for its 16th consecutive year. Under the mentorship of Baba Chuck Davis, the “exuberant, disciplined young dancers” (The Village Voice) of Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation celebrate both ancestral roots and the modern-day community.

Chuck Davis
Dr. Charles "Chuck" Davis, artistic director and founding elder of DanceAfrica, is one of the foremost teachers and choreographers of traditional African dance in America. He has traveled extensively to Africa to study with leading artists.Davi sfounded the Chuck Davis Dance Company in New York in 1968 and the African American Dance Ensemble in Durham, NC, in 1983. He has been a panelist for several programs of the National Endowment for the Arts and is a recipient of the AARP Certificate of Excellence, the North Carolina Dance Alliance Award, the 1990 North Carolina Artist Award, and the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine. He has served on the board of the North Carolina Arts Council since 1991 and in 1992 he received the North Carolina Award in Fine Arts, the state's highest honor. In 1996, Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble were awarded a $100,000 grant from the National Dance Residency Program, a three-year initiative launched in 1994 by the New York Foundation for the Arts and funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. In 1998 he received an honorary doctorate from Medgar Evers College; he has received honorary doctorates from several universities, all of which mean a great deal to him. Most recently, Chuck Davis and DanceAfrica were cited as one of "America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures: The First 100" by the Dance Heritage Coalition.

CATS returns to Toronto with new, all-Canadian cast May 28 - Opening June 11 2013

From a media release:

CATS returns to Toronto with
new, all-Canadian cast
Previews: May 28, 2013; Opening night: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
• Tickets on sale: at and 1.800.461.3333.

Produced by NuMu Inc., Starvox Entertainment and Classical Theatre Project with producers Marlene Smith, Geoffrey Smith, Corey Ross, David Galpern and Charles Roy

Toronto, ON – This May, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s much-loved musical CATS returns to Toronto with an all-Canadian cast. CATS has been presented in more than 20 countries and translated into 10 languages since its London debut in 1981. The Tony Award-winning show begins previews on Tuesday, May 28 and opens on Tuesday, June 11 at David Mirvish’s Panasonic Theatre.

NuMu Inc.’s chair Marlene Smith spearheads the project, collaborating with her son, Geoffrey Smith, NuMu Inc.’s chief business officer; Corey Ross, president of Starvox Entertainment; and David Galpern and Charles Roy of Classical Theatre Project. Marlene Smith has produced live theatre for 55 years and is widely recognized for changing the face of Canadian theatre with the first Canadian production of CATS, which ran simultaneously in Toronto and on Broadway.

“We are thrilled to bring such an iconic show back to Toronto. It is a particular honour to be working with Marlene, who has made an indelible mark in Canadian theatre,” said Ross. “We’re excited to introduce CATS to a new generation of theatre-goers and offer fans a chance to re-visit a favourite musical.”

Directed and re-imagined by Dave Campbell, a theatre and television director who has helmed various productions of the show across Canada and the U.S., with choreography by Gino Berti and musical direction by Lona Davis, the new production will feature multimedia design against an innovative new set designed by Tim Webb. The creative and producing teams auditioned more than 400 artists to assemble a sensational all-Canadian cast – for the first time in almost 30 years.

Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, with music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, CATS tells the tale of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and their night of junkyard follies. The second longest-running show in Broadway history, CATS features such well-known characters as Mr. Mistoffelees, Grizabella, Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer, Rum Tum Tugger and Old Deuteronomy.

Single tickets ($50 to $99) are now on sale and are also available as part of a Mirvish subscription package at or 416.872.1212. 

Venue: David Mirvish’s Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge St., Toronto
Dates: Previews begin Tuesday, May 28; Opening night: Tuesday, June 11

Thursday, May 9, 2013

John Turturro Stars in Ibsen`s The Master Builder May 12 - June 9 2013 at BAM (Brooklyn)

From a media release:

The Master Builder
May 12—June 9, 2013
BAM Harvey Theater, Brooklyn (New York City)
RUN TIME: Approx 2hrs 30min with intermission


By Henrik Ibsen
Translated by David Edgar
Directed by Andrei Belgrader
Produced by BAM

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY - Ruthless and revered architect Halvard Solness (an electrifying John Turturro) is obsessively driven—until a young woman from his past stops him in his tracks. Hilde (Wrenn Schmidt, Boardwalk Empire), a force of unbridled sexual energy coupled with childlike willfulness, enters the master builder’s home and head, trailing mysterious talk of past promises. As she urges the megalomaniacal Solness to ever greater and less sustainable heights, his tragedy-haunted wife Aline (Katherine Borowitz) watches from the sidelines, an unwilling participant in an off-kilter love triangle.

A psychologically heady and physically potent new version of Ibsen’s late masterwork, The Master Builder is a triumphant return to BAM for Turturro and director Andrei Belgrader, who last collaborated on the critically acclaimed Endgame (2008 Spring Season).

John Turturro studied at the Yale School of Drama and for his theatrical debut created the title role of John Patrick Shanley’s Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, for which he won an Obie Award and a Theater World Award. Turturro recently appeared as Lopakhin in the highly acclaimed Classic Stage Company production of The Cherry Orchard.

Turturro was nominated for a SAG Award for his portrayal of Howard Cosell in Monday Night Mayhem and won an Emmy Award for his guest appearance on Monk. In 2007 he appeared in the miniseries The Bronx is Burning as notorious Yankee skipper Billy Martin, which garnered him a SAG Award nomination.

Turturro has performed in more than 60 films, including Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues, and Jungle Fever; Robert Redford’s Quiz Show; Francesco Rosi’s La Tregua; and Joel and Ethan Coen’s Miller’s Crossing, The Big Lebowski, and O Brother Where Art Thou. For his lead role in the Coen brothers’ Barton Fink, Turturro won the Best Actor Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. He also received the Camera D’Or at Cannes for his directorial debut, Mac, in 1991. Turturro also directed Illuminata, Romance & Cigarettes, Passione: a Musical Adventure, and the upcoming Fading Gigolo, written by Turturro and starring him, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, Liev Schreiber, and Vanessa Paradis.

Katherine Borowitz (Aline Solness)
Ken Cheeseman (Dr. Herdal)
Julian Gamble (Knut Brovik)
Kelly Hutchinson (Kaja Fosli)
Max Gordon Moore (Ragnar Brovik)
Wrenn Schmidt (Hilde Wangel)
John Turturro (Halvard Solness)

Set design by Santo Loquasto
Costume design by Marco Piemontese

Lighting design by James F. Ingalls
Sound design by Ryan Rumery

English Language Premiere of Claude Gavreau's The Charge of the Expormidable Moose May 10-26 2013 in Toronto

From a media release:

May 10-26, 2013 in Toronto
English Language World Premiere of Quebec Playwright’s Masterpiece

"Toronto's enterprising One Little Goat Theatre Company” (New York Times) presents the English language world premiere of The Charge of the Expormidable Moose by Claude Gauvreau. Considered a "giant" and "revolutionary" of Quebec theatre (Le Devoir), Gauvreau is little known outside his native province. Gauvreau's provocative seven-person play, widely considered to be his masterpiece, is translated by Ray Ellenwood and directed by One Little Goat’s Artistic Director, Adam Seelig.

The Equity production opens Friday, May 10, 2013 and runs to May 26, Tuesdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Tarragon Theatre Extra Space, 30 Bridgman Avenue. Tickets are $25; $20 for students, seniors and artists; and $28/$23 in the final week; Sundays PWYC.  Info and tickets are available from the Tarragon box office at 416-531-1827, or from

The design team for One Little Goat’s largest production to date boasts over a dozen Dora awards and nominations collectively:  Jackie Chau, sets and costumes; Laird MacDonald, lighting; and Thomas Ryder Payne, sound. The seven-person cast will be announced in the spring.

Claude Gauvreau (1925-1971)
Revered in Quebec as a visionary poet-playwright, an original contributor to the 1948 Refus Global manifesto by Montreal's radical Automatistes, admired by director Robert Lepage and performance poets The Four Horsemen, Claude Gauvreau is an artistic force. His innovative use of language, which he called "explorean", tested the very limits of lyricism. Overwhelmed by the suicide of his love and muse (performer Muriel Guilbault), Gauvreau experienced continual psychiatric treatment until, in 1971, he ended his life.

The Charge of the Expormidable Moose revolves around a poet who is envied, mocked and ultimately sacrificed by his fellow housemates (or are they fellow inmates?).  Playful and surreal, yet deeply rooted in powerful experiences, The Charge of the Expormidable Moose combines the absurdity of Ionesco with the cruelty of Artaud to create an exceptional drama.

One Little Goat, North America’s only company devoted to contemporary poetic theatre, “has done audiences a huge service” (Toronto Star) through its highly interpretive, provocative approach to international plays. The company's Canadian and world premieres have garnered praise from the New York Times, Globe and Mail, Economist, Now and others. More information on the company is available on Wikipedia and at

The Charge of the Expormidable Moose is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and the Bureau de Québec à Toronto, and is presented in partnership with Théâtre français de Toronto.