Composer James Rolfe, left, is a frequent collaborator with Toronto Masque Theatre; next week’s world premier of Europa and the White Bull (libretto by Steven Heighton) is his third commission for the company. Artistic Director Larry Beckwith typically pairs a traditional piece, in this case Michel Pignolet de Monteclair’s Europe, with a commissioned work.
“I’ve really grown to like the form,” says Rolfe about the stripped-down baroque stylings of masque. “As a composer I often get a creative charge from the existing piece. The juxtaposition of the two works puts both in a revealing light by contrasting the two.”
Rolfe describes the Monteclair as “more measured and restrained as you’d expect from 18th century France. Ours is a more blood and guts take on the story.”
Both pieces (grouped under the title The Myth of Europa) recount the Greek myth in which noblewoman Europa is abducted by Zeus in the form of a white bull; he pirates her to Crete and makes her queen, the bull is immortalized in the heavens as the constellation Taurus.
Toronto Masque Theatre does not have a permanent home; this show will be performed at the recently renovated Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre.
A big, boisterous crowd turned out at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Community Gallery last night for the unveiling of Why (Not) Portraits of Poets?, a celebration of painting and poetry resulting from a collaboration between Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke and the AGO’s Adult Education program.
Poets Rudyard Fearon (above from left), Olive Senior, Myna Wallin, Ayesha Chatterjee, Sachiko Murakami, Clarke and previous TO Poet Laureate Dionne Brand, were on hand to read a poem each, many of them inspired by the experience of sitting for the talented amateur painters. Participating poets bill bissett and Adam Sol (painted below) were unable to attend.
The show, which includes several portraits of each poet along with a poem by the writer, will be on display until June 15 in the Weston Family Learning Centre. The exhibition coincides with National Poetry Month (April) and is sponsored in part by the League of Canadian Poets.
Poetry and painting collide at the Art Gallery of Ontario April 16 when the Community Gallery unveils Portraits of Poets, the results of a fruitful collaboration between Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke and the AGO’s Adult Education program.
From January through March, invited poets took turns posing for a portrait painting class under the direction of instructor Aleks Bartosik. The poets read a poem or three to inspire the students and when it was over three hours later the writers selected a painting to represent them at this month’s show. Poets and painters meet again Wednesday to see and hear the results. Among those reading at the event are Clarke, bill bissett, Myna Wallin, Adam Sol, Dionne Brand, Rudyard Fearon, Ayesha Chatterjee, Sachiko Murakami and Olive Senior.
WHERE/WHEN: Portraits of Poets at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Weston Family Learning Centre (317 Dundas Street West, lower level), Wednesday, April 16, 7 pm; free.
Artistic Director Jorn Weisbrodt, above, says sex will be a theme of this summer’s eighth edition of the Luminato Festival taking over the city June 6 – 15 with sexy film, sexy dance, sexy theatre and sexy music.
Isabella Rossellini examines animal world lust in Green Porno: Live on Stage, while senior citizens explode myths and taboos in All The Sex I’ve Ever Had. And in honour of World Pride this summer, singer Rufus Wainwright leads the charge in If I Loved You featuring men singing Broadway love songs to men, among them Josh Groban, Steven Page, Boy George and David Byrne. Also on tap are visual artist/filmmaker Matthew Barney (River of Fundament, Drawing Restraint), choreographer Lemi Ponifasio (Stones in Her Mouth) and magician David Ben (Card Table Artiface).
The Luminato Hub in David Pecault Square will be transformed into a cardboard beach by Cuban collective Los Carpinteros where free performances feature Ziggy Marley, Bebel Gilberto, Jesse Cook, Saidah Baba Talibah, The Roots, Jason Collette (above) and TV on the Radio, among many others.
Art Gallery of Ontario’s Art of the Day Tumblr isn’t new but it’s new to me. I discovered it on Twitter this morning (
@agotoronto) and I like the idea of seeing a single work from the gallery’s enormous collection each day. You can sign up to find AGO Art of the Day in your digital in-box each morning. Pictured above is today’s edition, Tom Thomson’s A Northern Lake, c. 1916 (Oil on composite wood-pulp board, Gift from the Reuben and Kate Leonard Canadian Fund, 1927 © 2014 Art Gallery of Ontario).