In the time of pandemic, new art emerges
Angela Sun and Vivian Or, two Toronto-based emerging artists, present a dramatic reading of two new plays on April 16th. The readings will be presented over Instagram Live at their respective handles @21sungelas and @vivianorelse.
How will you participate in this “Phone Play”?
Every industry has been hit hard by COVID-19, and the performing arts are no exception, with a projected $500 million loss in ticket sales for arts organizations in Toronto alone. Seasons are cancelled, artists are out of work, and people are scared. Conversely, however, there has been an explosion of innovative creation since the lockdown, with livestreamed sing-alongs, balcony concerts, writing challenges, and virtual rehearsals.
Convergence Theatre, generator of such theatre events as Worry Warts (Summerworks 2019), The Unending (Fringe 2016), and The Gladstone Variations (Fringe 2007), is responding to the pandemic with Converge Against Corona, and has issued a call for participants and patrons alike.
Opera Atelier announced its 2020/2021 season in the elegant ballroom of St. Lawrence Centre on Monday, January 27. Continue reading Preview: Opera Atelier Announces 2020/2021 season
Cheers to Opera in a Bar, Against the Grain Theatre Tours La Boheme across Canada
Over the last decade, Toronto-based company Against the Grain Theatre (AtG) has built a reputation for re-imagining old works and creating boundary-pushing new opera productions. In honour of its Tenth Anniversary, the company is remounting its inaugural production of La Bohème, this time taking the show on the road.
I was curious about the piece and asked the Artistic Director of AtG some questions about the production, which has visited Banff and 7 other communities between it and Toronto, many of which do not have regular access to opera.