On October 23rd New Order hit Toronto to play the first of two sold out shows ending off their 2012 North American Tour at The Sony Centre for Performing Arts. I completely forgot about this show, the month of October has been extremely busy for me. I was filtering press releases when I received media confirmation a few hours prior to doors.
New Order are a bit before my time, the only song I could think of that I knew was “Blue Monday”. It’s always fun to cover old school bands I would have never thought I would get a chance to see live, nevermind actually shoot. British band New Order was formed in 1980 after Joy Division singer Ian Curtis committed suicide. They regrouped and renamed the band New Order with majority of the original members still in the band. New Order today is: Bernard Sumner – Vocals and Guitar, Stephen Morris – Drums, Gillian Gilbert – Keys, Vocals and Guitar, Phil Cunningham – Guitar and Keys and the newest member of the band replacing original member Peter Hook is Bassist Tom Chapman.
I arrived just on time, literally! I reached the stage area and was immediately given the break down by our media contact, I didn’t even have a chance to configure my camera’s setting as the lights went out and the first tune “Elegia” began. We were allowed to shoot the first four songs after the intro, this is very rare. Usually the media shoots the first three sometimes only two. This was my first time actually shooting a show at the Sony Centre, I’ve covered other events at the venue but they were Ballets and Musicals that do not permit any photography during the performance.
Once the intro wrapped I started shooting from the right wing and migrated to the left, we were told to shoot from the wings and not block the middle. I wanted to take a few shots from the back of the venue of the crowd but I didn’t know if I was permitted to. It was a sold out show, the people came to listen, dance and watch their favorite band. The crowd varied in ages, the youngest being in their late teens which surprised me because I was expecting a much older crowd. I tried to observe the performance as much as I could while photographing the band but I didn’t really get the full effect until I sat in my seat to watch the performance.
I was turning to go back to the media area when the media contact reminded me I still had one more song to shoot. So used to three tunes that I completely miscounted how many tracks were left. After the fourth track ended we headed back to the media room and I was the only one who went back in to review the set. I finally found my seat as New Order played “Isolation” a Joy Division cover followed by “Here To Stay”. I was amazed by the lighting and the disco ball was a nice touch. It felt like I was watching a 3D concert movie because they also had a screen with various different images one being the bands name, it was too cool.
All of the members played their instruments well, but not as enthusiastic as you would expect. Gillian could smile a little more and show some vibrance on stage, she was not very lively. Frontman Sumner, did well vocally for his age although it was rather pitchy in a few tracks. I could barely hear him when I was in my seat during the performance because the guitars were drowning him out. He also needs a little more crowd interaction, the connection with his audience wasn’t there, he kept looking at his guitar. The whole band needs to step it up a notch for the entertainment factor, I was expecting a little more personality and showmanship from these veterans. Compared to other reunion shows I have recently covered, they were a little disappointing obviously relying on the lights and disco ball to keep the crowd on their toes.
Regardless of my critical journalistic perspective as a music fan I enjoyed myself, it was like discovering a new band and the lighting was definitely my favorite part. I went in thinking I didn’t know many of the songs but I did! Once I heard the songs live, performed by the actual band that created them, I surprisingly knew more tunes than I thought. It was so fun to sing along to “Blue Monday” and “Bizarre Love Triangle”.
A fan of the band or not, New Order will bring their 80’s infusion into your life! The fans were ecstatic, throughly enjoying themselves as New Order played most of their hits. This crowd was the most dancey I have seen in a while, more people need to dance to their favorite music. The two encores that closed this seventeen track set were Joy Division covers “Transmission” and “Love Will Tear Us A Part”. If New Order hits the road again and you are an 80’s music fan, this show you must experience. Major thanks goes to the fabulous folks at Goldenvoice Canada/AEGLive.
This dazzling evening of philanthropy benefited Canadian HIV/AIDs foundations nationwide as distributed through the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) as well as the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF). Showing their support, special guests included Janelle Monae, Sky Ferreria, The Scissor Sisters, Supermodel’s Petra Nemcova, Linda Evangelista and Canadian Supermodel Yasmin Warsame, Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared. More support from Canadian talent such as Jarvis Church, Kreesha Turner, Elise Legrow, Anjulie, Divine Brown and Nikki Yanofsky.
A team of passionate and dedicated individuals including Co-Chairs David Furnish and Michael King, Honourary Chairs Jeanne Beker, John Demsey and Frank Giustra and creative director Phillip Ing, worked tirelessly to put on this brilliant show and help raise money for HIV/AIDS research in Canada and around the world.
A critical, artistic and financial success since it’s inception in 1987, Fashion Cares builds awareness of HIV/AIDS while raising funds for the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT). Combining local and international fashion talent with the design and business communities, this always sold out, media and celebrity studded evening caps elegant cocktails and cuisine with a rousing auction, a theatrical runway event, and an entertainment spectacle. With a 22-year attendance record of over 50 thousand guests and volunteers, Fashion Cares has netted profits of nearly $12 million dollars to date. For Fashion Cares 25 updates, see www.fashioncares.com or www.facebook.com/FashionCares25
The M·A·C AIDS Fund, the heart and soul of M·A·C Cosmetics, was established in 1994 to support men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS globally. MAF is a pioneer in HIV/AIDS funding, providing financial support to organizations working with underserved regions and populations.
As the largest corporate non-pharmaceutical giver in the arena, MAF is committed to addressing the link between poverty and HIV/AIDS by supporting diverse organizations around the world
that provide a wide range of services to people living with HIV/AIDS. To date, MAF has raised
$250 million (U.S.) exclusively through the sale of M·A·C’s VIVA GLAM lip products donating 100 percent of the sale price to fight HIV/AIDS. For more information visit http://www.macaidsfund.org
The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) was established as a non-profit organization in the United States in 1992 and as a registered charity in the United Kingdom in 1993 by Sir Elton John. Together, both entities have raised more than $275 million for programs in 55 countries around the globe since inception. Today, the Foundation is one of the world’s leading non-profit HIV/AIDS organizations supporting innovative HIV prevention programs, efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS, and direct care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS. The U.S. organization’s current grant-making priorities target HIV prevention programs throughout the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean; HIV prevention and care services for highly marginalized and vulnerable populations; and HIV/AIDS
prevention education and the promotion of sexual health for adolescents. For more information, please visit www.ejaf.org.
Since 1983 ACT has developed programs and services that respond to the changing needs of the communities it serves. ACT provides support services that empower men, women and youth living with HIV to achieve self-determination, informed decision-making, independence, and overall well-being. We do this through programs such as counselling, information provision, social support activities and programs that help people with HIV return to work.
TORONTO, ON – (MONDAY, AUGUST 20) – Following the immediate sell-out of their first night at Toronto’s Sony Centre For the Performing Arts, NEW ORDER has confirmed they will add a second night in Toronto as part of their first tour of North America since 2005.
Singer Bernard Sumner said, “We’ve been having such a great time together this year, playing shows all over Europe, and we’re all really excited to be playing America again. We have so many friends and fans there we can’t wait to get back!”
NEW ORDER’S last US tour was back in May 2005, their last US show an exclusive appearance at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival earlier this year, and their last visit to Canada was 11 years ago, in 2001.
Selling Tickets to Cirque Éloize’s Action-Packed iD
with the New Sony Centre Affiliate Program
The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts is launching a new sales initiative that rewards its loyal patrons and builds a new audience while allowing anyone to make money by selling tickets to Cirque Éloize’s iD. This is the first time a venue in Toronto has created a rewards program that pays a commission for selling tickets!The Sony Centre Affiliate Program provides each participant with a unique online code for exclusive use to sell tickets to family, friends, and associates, and pays a $5 commission for each ticket sold. Affiliates can also access a professionally designed, web-based, marketing tool kit to assist in the promotion. Up to a total of $60,000 in commissions can be paid to participants, and the highest seller will receive a 65” Sony Bravia 3D HDTV.Simply Register at http://id.sonycentre.ca/ and start making money!
The astonishing production that took Toronto by storm last fall, iD will make a triumphant return to the Sony Centre with an awe-inspiring spectacle that weaves together hip hop, breakdance, BMX bikes and ten circus disciplines including tumblers, acrobats, jugglers and contortionists, creating a breathtaking explosion of exhilarating music, dance and video.For more information on Cirque Eloize’s iD and the Sony Centre Affiliate Program, visit http://id.sonycentre.ca/.
Sony Centre For The Performing Arts presents
Cirque Éloize’s iD
November 1-3, 2012
Thursday – Saturday@ 7:30pm; Saturday @ 2pm
Tickets as low as $45 and can be purchased in person at the Sony Centre Box Office, 1 Front Street East, Toronto, over the phone at 1-855-872-SONY (7669) or online at www.sonycentre.ca
SONY CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, Toronto’s first performing arts centre, has played a defining role in the cultural life of Toronto for more than 50 years. Today, the newly renovated Sony Centre’s mission is to unite the global citizens of Toronto through great artistic experiences. In addition, the Sony Centre is dedicated to developing Toronto’s younger audiences through family programming, workshops targeted towards school-aged audiences, an under-30 membership program, and other community initiatives. www.sonycentre.ca
TORONTO, ON – (MONDAY, JULY 30) – Following a sell-out UK tour, and a series of triumphant festival dates throughout Europe this spring and summer, NEW ORDER has confirmed their first tour of North America since 2005.
Speaking today, singer Bernard Sumner said, “We’ve been having such a great time together this year, playing shows all over Europe, and we’re all really excited to be playing America again. We have so many friends and fans there we can’t wait to get back!”
NEW ORDER’S last US tour was back in May 2005, their last US show an exclusive appearance at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival earlier this year, and their last visit to Canada was 11 years ago, in 2001.
As part of its commitment to present the finest performing artists to the broadest possible audiences, Dan Brambilla, CEO of the Sony Centre, proudly announced today the details of the 2011.2012 season.
“We are always on the lookout for the most exciting spectacles from our own backyard, and around the world, in order to represent the more than 200 cultures that co-exist in Toronto.” said Brambilla “The power of live performance is its ability to transcend boundaries. The Sony Centre’s 51st season is a veritable round-the-world-trip with stops in Argentina, China, Cuba, India, Japan, Russia, Sarajevo, South Africa and Ukraine.”
Highlights of the season include:
The RUSSIAN Alexandrov Red Army Choir and Ensemble – RUSSIA
THE RUSSIAN ALEXANDROV RED ARMY CHOIR AND ENSEMBLE, the official army choir of the Russian armed forces, will perform with 125 musicians, singers and dancers, accompanied by a full orchestra performing with a mixed composition of Russian traditional and Western instruments, including the balalaika, the domra, the bayan, the double bass, woodwinds, brass and percussion. With breathtaking precision, their pure, harmonically rich sound brings to life a wide range of repertoire from Russian folk tunes to church hymns, operatic arias and popular music.
In a new live production, Koba Entertainment presents the theatrical debut of Canada’s latest sensations, Toopy and Binoo, in TOOPY AND BINOO AND THE MARSHMALLOW MOON. Preparing for his stage debut, Toopy has to find the perfect song to sing, and the perfect place to sing it! As Toopy and Binoo embark on their most important musical adventure ever, they encounter a Blue Cat Blues Band, a Loud Mouth Crooner Fish, some Rock n’ Roll Sheep, a pair of Love Struck Dragons and many other zany characters along the way.
THE BACKYARDIGANS: QUEST FOR THE EXTRA ORDINARY ALIENS – CANADA
Koba Entertainment’s smash hit THE BACKYARDIGANS: QUEST FOR THE EXTRA ORDINARY ALIENS is an out-of-this-world theatrical production with the whole Backyardigans gang – Pablo the
penguin, Tyrone the moose, Uniqua the purple- spotted creature, Tasha the hippo, and Austin the kangaroo, five high-spirited friends on another epic adventure! Tag along with the gang and their extra ordinary host as they travel to shivering Frozen Toes Mountain, the blistering Hot Footsy Desert, and the volcanic Lost Pirate Island – singing and dancing the whole way!
GORAN BREGOVIC & HIS WEDDING AND FUNERAL ORCHESTRA – SARAJEVO
With his roots in the Balkans, and his head in the 21st century, the charismatic GORAN BREGOVIC has combined a Serbian gypsy band, a classical string ensemble, an orthodox male choir and two Bulgarian female vocalists to create HISWEDDING & FUNERAL ORCHESTRA. Born in Sarajevo of a Serbian mother and a Croatian father, Bregovic, a composer, musician and rock star, has created a new music genre of exuberant, cathartic symphonic mayhem. Bregovic last appeared in Toronto in 2009, where he played to a packed-out Yonge-Dundas Square for Luminato, followed by another standing-room only concert at The Guvernment–the same week!
An explosion of high voltage salsa and sexy choreography, THE SALSA KINGS is Cuba’s hottest new export! Backed by a live onstage band, this international sensation pays homage to the classics; Mambo, Rumba and Cha Cha Cha, while adding a cool, contemporary twist from Havana’s street salsa and hip hop scene.
BHARATI is a live music and dance spectacle which journeys through the colours, scents and flavours of India. It tells the story of a young man, raised in America, who returns home cynical of all things Indian. In spite of his contempt, he becomes attracted to the mysterious and elusive Bharati. As she re-introduces him to the wonders of India, he discovers himself and the true meaning of love in a powerful story of homecoming and identity.
Tuesday, October 25 – Sunday, October 30, 2011
Tuesday-Saturday @ 8pm, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2pm
LOVE LIES BLEEDING – CANADA
David Mirvish presents Alberta Ballet’s LOVE LIES BLEEDING, inspired by and featuring the music of Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Alberta Ballet’s internationally acclaimed Artistic Director and Choreographer Jean Grand-Maître has created “a three-ring circus à la Elton John,” and as one would expect, there is plenty of spectacle including aerialists, dancers on spinning turntables, and fire-emitting roller skates. Set to 14 classic songs composed by Sir Elton and Bernie Taupin, the ballet is an examination of the cult of celebrity and the triumphs and challenges of superstardom.
“The screams of appreciation started early and came often during the debut performance of Love Lies Bleeding.” – Paula Citron, The Globe & Mail
November 8-10, 2011 @ 7:30pm, November 11 & 12, 2011 @ 8pm,
SHUMKA at 50! is a celebration of the Edmonton-based company that has created a unique hybrid of the rich Ukrainian dance heritage and a contemporary Canadian dance dynamic, recognized as distinctively Shumka-style. SHUMKA AT 50!, a two-act evening of mixed repertoire, includes a 50th anniversary Hopak featuring the trademark Shumka whirlwind!
Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26, 2011 @ 8pm
A tribute band backed by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR is a note-for-note live reincarnation of The Beatles. The show presents 30 tunes – from the beginning of The Beatles through the solo years – sung, played, and performed exactly as they were written: “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section; “Yesterday” with an acoustic guitar and string quartet; and “I Am the Walrus” with George Martin’s original orchestral accompaniment.
Twenty-one years ago, Tango Argentino revitalized Tango the world over with its triumph on Broadway. Now, the same producers, with choreographer Hector Zaraspe, former friend and private teacher of Nureyev, and current faculty member of The Juilliard School, present TANGO PASIÓN.
Featuring the world’s greatest tango dancers and a live orchestra, TANGO PASIÓN weaves together a variety of exhilarating tango stories representing the full diversity of Argentine society.
The SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR, formed to share the joy of faith through the inspirational power of African Gospel music, has amassed a world wide fan base that includes Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela, Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Diana Ross, U2 and Celine Dion. Charting a meteoric rise to international fame in less than ten years, the two-time Grammy Award-winning, 52-strong choir of young and dynamic singers, dancers and musicians, delivers a flawless performance of traditional and contemporary songs infused with the irrepressible spirit of Africa.
Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25, 2012 @ 8pm
TAO is a company of martial arts drummers trained in traditional Japanese percussion who use their entire body to express the music they create. The drumming ensemble, made up of 13 men and women, work, train and live together – a cross between the ancient monks and an elite army boot camp. Created by a former punk drummer who was inspired by Cirque du Soleil’s integration of Japanese taiko drumming into circus arts, TAO also draws on other sources such as Korean dancing and drumming, Indonesian bamboo marimba, and New Zealand’s Maori people to create a raucous contemporary, combative concert.
DISTANT WORLDS: MUSIC FROM FINAL FANTASY – JAPAN/USA
Back by popular demand, DISTANT WORLDS: MUSIC FROM FINAL FANTASY features award-winning music from the record-breaking video game series “Final Fantasy”. The 71-member Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony,conducted by Grammy Award-winning conductor, composer, and record producer Arnie Roth, perform live to the games most memorable sequences on a massive 22’ wide video screen. Since its 1987 debut the “Final Fantasy” franchise has sold over 100 million copies worldwide and become the most recognized role playing game in the world.
Visually stunning, the NATIONAL CHINESE ACROBATS join the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in an unforgettable performance featuring daring maneuvers, feats of strength, gymnastics, balancing and more. Featuring traditional Chinese instruments along with western orchestral instruments, the acrobats will mesmerize and mystify with its stunning displays of the best in Chinese martial arts, illusion, acrobatics, music, dance, and drama in a thrilling display of artistry and daredevil acts.
Saturday, May 12, 2012 @ 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Tickets as low as $38
BOLSHOI BALLET presents SWAN LAKE – RUSSIA
The Bolshoi Ballet returns to Toronto with the most revered of classical ballets, SWAN LAKE, a perennial dance favourite about sorcery and royalty. Based on Russian folk tales, SWAN LAKE, which the Bolshoi premiered in 1877, is the haunting story of Odette, a beautiful maiden turned swan by an evil sorcerer. A tragic love story, Odette’s romance with Prince Siegfried is doomed by a curse which leaves him to wander endlessly on the empty banks of the lake of his dreams. Today, the Bolshoi Ballet remains one of the world’s most famous ballet companies.
The newly refurbished Sony Centre reopened for its 50th anniversary on October 1, 2010 after being closed for two years of renovations. In the eight months since, the Sony Centre has seen more than 200,000 ticket holders go through the refinished bronze doors for such shows as: Robert Lepage’s Eonagatta, The Merchants of Bollywood and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical; high profile acts like Gene Simmons, Robert Plant and Janet Jackson; corporate events for Rolex, OLG and Stikeman Elliott LLP; and to visit the Sony Centre Gallery – currently hosting an extensive exhibition of the work of painter/muralist R. York Wilson who is also responsible for The Seven Lively Arts, the stunning 15’ X 100’ panorama mural of the arts through the ages – and the high tech Sony Store.
Partnering with Sodexo, a world leader in food services, the Sony Centre is offering an international culinary experience that reflects and compliments the diversity of the onstage performances. For example, Executive Chef Stephen Lee created un menu délicieux français to set the stage for turn-of-the-century Paris for Moulin Rouge – The Ballet. The prix fixes menu included Smoked Duck, Baked Brie, Coquilles St. Jacques and Crème Brûlée. All prix fixes menus are $39 (taxes and gratuities extra) and include an appetizer, entrée, dessert, one glass of wine or beer or unlimited soft drinks, and coffee or tea. Alternatively, arrive leisurely and enjoy the hot and cold food concessions in the main lobby. Menus change frequently and are always themed to the presentation on stage.
SONY CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, Toronto’s first performing arts centre, has played a defining role in the cultural life of Toronto for more than 50 years. Today, the newly renovated Sony Centre is home to a roster of national and international artists that reflect the diversity and sophistication of 21st century Toronto. In addition, the Sony Centre is dedicated to developing Toronto’s younger audiences through family programming, workshops targeted towards school-aged audiences, an under-30 membership program, and other community initiatives including an international culinary experience. www.sonycentre.ca
On Tuesday March 1st 2011 in Toronto it was opening night at The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts for the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet’s version of Swan Lake with the Winnipeg Symphony orchestra playing the one and only Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky to accompany the dancers. After all, you can’t change the music Tchaikovsky composed specifically for this ballet. My obsession with Ballet goes way back, as a child I always wanted to be a Singer, an Actress, a Doctor or a Ballerina. It is not uncommon for a little girl to want to be a Ballerina or any of the other career choices above. Ballerinas are appealing because they are so elegant, graceful and fluid. It always is utterly breathtaking to watch how a Ballerina tells a story through her movements and this group of Dancers did just that. I took Ballet when I was younger and still take a few drop-in classes but I could never be a professional dancer that is serious dedication and my passion is singing but I will always love Ballet! When I received the invitation to this Ballet I immediately lit up with excitement and started doing pirouettes and split leaps, I had to see Swan Lake! What makes Kirov’s Swan Lake special is the fact this Ballet Company is the real deal. Mariinsky is known to be instrumental in the development of Russian Choreographic Art with first showings at the St. Petersburg Bolshoi (Stone) Theater back in 1783. The Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet of The Mariinsky Theater St. Petersburg, Russia has presented thousands of Ballet’s and Opera’s since 1885 on the Mariinsky Theater’s stage in Russia.The Mariinsky version of Swan Lake was choreographed in 1950 by former star dancer Konstantin Sergeyev (1910-1992) who became artistic director in 1951. The choreography that was originally by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov in 1895 is still incorporated in today’s performances and credited for the specific scenes the choreography is used in. This Ballet has been performed by every existing Ballet company out there and they all throw in their own individual twists to the story, most recently the third act of the Ballet is portrayed in the Academy Award winning film known as “Black Swan”. The story is of Prince Siegfried (Vladimir Schklyarov) who falls in love with the Swan Queen Odette (Viktoria Tereshkina), who is under the spell of an evil sorcerer Rothbart (Konstantin Zverev). Odette and the other swan maidens can’t become human until Odette finds her true faithful love to break the spell, however they can take human form at night. I missed the first half of act one so I didn’t see the grand entrance but a few minutes after we sat in our temporary seats the Prince dropped his cup, he tried picking it up yet couldn’t seem to hold onto it. That was the only slip we noticed from Schklyarov (Prince Siegfried) a minor flaw my younger sister actually pointed out and we were at the back of the theater at the time. There were moments during a few of the Prince’s Birthday Ball scenes where the timing was off with the group looking a little clustered and confused not as distinctive as the lines should have been. Ballerina Down! Ballerina Down! In the second act one of the swan maidens fell and ran off the stage, she should have just got back up and went on with the show unless she was ill or injured. The costumes and set were amazing, they looked really pretty when all of them were leaping together and in different directions. They even added eight black swan maidens to the mix in the third act it may have been the fourth I honestly cannot remember. I wish Odette’s costume was a little more distinct maybe a few more sparkles because from the back of the Sony Centre it was hard to tell who she was when she danced together with the swan maidens but closer up obviously it was a no brainer. The minute Viktoria Tereshkina (Odette/Odile) hit the stage it was like magic, she floated over with her long muscular legs not at all extremely frail as many of the other female dancers looked. She danced with strength and elegance, at times my eyes were watering; I was getting emotional because her dancing was incredible. She was extremely poignant encapsulating every step faultlessly to the music with flawless transitions. Her extensions and arabesques were clean and controlled Tereshkina is majestically angelic as Odette the ‘White Swan’ evoking the true beauty and spirit of a Swan Queen. The evil twin Odile (The Black Swan) makes her appearance with her father the evil Rothbart in the third act where the famous Pas Des Deux takes place. The Prince is tricked into thinking Odile is Odette and that basically ruined the chance for the Swans to be human again. Viktoria Tereshkina danced the part of Odile with attitude, seduction and passion attacking those prominent 32 Fouette rond de jambe en tournant’s with fierce fervor delivering what every young ballerina hopes to achieve. This scene was very well done, the effects of Odette projected in the background during the moment when the Prince gave his devotion to Odile and Odette was fated to be under Rothbart’s spell forever, enhanced the story making you feel like you were a part of all the drama. Another set detail I noticed that was quite interesting was the electronic Swans that ran on a conveyor belt like they were floating along on a lake, those were too cute.The Prince (Vladimir Schklyarov) did well, he dance with zeal throughout the entire performance and held tightly as he spun and lifted Tereshkina. Honorable mention goes to The Jester Grigory Popov who was absolutely spectacular with his genuinely energetic leaps, pirouettes and fouette’s, he was giving the Prince some serious competition. This version of Swan Lake ended with the Prince begging Odette for forgiveness trying to convince her that he indeed wholeheartedly loved her and not Odile hoping he could reverse the spell. Of course Rothbart pops in for a quick dance off but the Prince wins and rips off one of Rothbarts wings to show that he is victorious breaking the spell. The crowd gave the performance a standing ovation, the kids who came were awake after this four act ballet (Two and a half hours) and that means it was good enough to keep them and us interested. The Mariinsky Kirov Ballet Company put on an emotionally charged electrifying performance, I would watch it over again all week if I could actually, every day if possible but I would end up jumping on stage wanting to join and they would probably ban me! Only a few performances left Toronto, this ballet is a must see! You will not be disappointed and that is a guaranteed promise, although you may get a different cast of Dancers (The dancers who performed opening night will be closing the run on March 6th) it is still worth the experience, Mariinsky (Kirov’s) Swan Lake is Fridae approved!
THE ILLUSTRIOUS MARIINSKY (KIROV) BALLET PERFORMS ITS SIGNATURE WORK SWAN LAKE MARCH 1 – 6
SPECIAL EVENT: Make A Wish Gala on March 1st, 2011
This gala evening in support of Make-A-Wish Canada and the Recovery Acres Society includes a pre-show dinner, premium seating for the performance of Swan Lake , and a post-show opportunity to meet some of the dancers. Tickets are $600 each. Gala patrons will receive a tax receipt for $350. For tickets call 416-872-2262 or go online at http://www.sonycentre.ca.
“Known for their impeccable style and flawless technique, the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet under Valery Gergiev shines in a unique production of this beautiful and beloved story – it’s perfect for the entire family.” The Times of London
( Toronto , ON ) In its first Toronto appearance since 1989, the world-renowned Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet will perform its signature ballet, Swan Lake, at the Sony Centre March 1 to 6, 2011. Arguably, the most popular ballet ever created, Swan Lakeis brought vividly to life by the exceptional artistry of a company renowned for classical purity and grace, since its inception in 1783.
Written by the great Russian composer Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky with choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, this ballet masterpiece premiered in Russia in 1895, first performed by the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet who has since set the world’s standard in performance of this tragic love story. Dancing the lead role of the white queen Odette and her counterpart the black swan Odile, is the ultimate career achievement of the world’s greatest ballerinas.
Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet’s Artistic & General Director Valery Gergiev has brought together a company of 79 dancers for this production featuring revised choreography and stage direction by Konstantin Sergeyev, set designs by Igor Ivanov and costumes designed by Galina Solovieva. Pavel Bubelnikov conducts the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.
The Mariinsky’s long and illustrious history began in 1783 when Russian Empress Anna Ivanova established a ballet school for the instruction of favoured servants’ children. This evolved into a company that provided courtly entertainment. Under royal patronage, the company finally settled in St. Petersburg ’s Bolshoi (Stone) Theatre in 1783 as the Imperial Ballet. There it remained until 1885 when it moved into the ornate, jewel-box Mariinsky Theatre, where it is still based today.
Swan Lake runs at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts ( 1 Front Street East , Toronto ) for seven performances only March 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 at 8 pm, with matinee performances March 5 and 6 at 2 pm. Tickets range from $60 to $225 and are available by calling 416-872-2262, online at www.sonycentre.ca or in person at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts Box Office ( 1 Front Street East , Toronto ). Group discounts (8 people +) may be purchased by calling 416-368-4343 or 1-866-737-0805. For more information visit www.sonycentre.ca.
SONY CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, Toronto’s first performing arts centre, has played a defining role in the cultural life of Toronto for more than 50 years. Today, the newly renovated Sony Centre is home to a roster of national and international visiting artists that reflect the diversity and sophistication of 21st century Toronto audiences. In addition, the Sony Centre is dedicated to developing Toronto ’s younger audiences through an Under-30 membership program and a variety of pre-show workshops targeted towards school-aged audiences.
Any weekend in Toronto, Ontario Canada, is a host of many possibilities but which ones do you actually hit up? I get hundreds of emails a day from different event promoters, bands and publicists asking FridaeTV to cover their event. I can’t be everywhere but I do try and that is exactly how this weekend turned out, it was full of Art. FridaeTV is all about creative artistic expression there is no right or wrong when it comes to someones imagination. This weekend there was so much going on, starting off with the Re-Opening of Toronto’s newly renovated Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. A beautiful Structure with a modern demure and a warm comforting atmosphere. Below are a few more photos of the night, I wish I could have stayed and enjoyed the Gala but I could not, a little here a little there.
Next on the list was an interview with Sandman Viper Command which will be published in a few weeks. They are a band of four from Burlington, Ontario, they were rocking ‘The Silver Dollar’. The set was impressive, this is a band to keep an ear open for. www.SANDMANVIPERCOMMAND.com
Saturday Night was Nuit Blanche “White Night” an all night art exhibition across Downtown Toronto, it is held every year and gives artists the chance to expose their artwork to thousands of people, this year it was an estimated 425,000. My good friend Photographer/Designer Mikey Sin put up an amazing Alfred Hitchcock inspired exhibit titled ‘The Birds’. I helped him out with some of the set up (I strung the Birds, he hung them and decorated the tree as he envisioned it.) Wish I strung a few more birdies but my fingers were frozen and it was getting harder to move them and tie those knots. It was a cold and rainy evening, perfect ambiance for the art piece. The end result was incredible Mikey placed the birds exactly where they needed to be and they came to life. A crowd pleaser for sure, everyone that walked by had to take a picture and we eventually added glow sticks to the birds. Those were jacked by the time we came back after some wandering, we were not surprised. Check some of the coolest stuff I captured before my battery died!
Canadian dance will be well represented in the 2010 edition when the stunning Bridgett Zehr and Zdenek Konvalina from The National Ballet of Canada perform the Coppelia pas de deux and Rubies pas de deux from Jewels. Audiences will be mesmerized by Ashley Bouder and Amar Ramasar from New York City Ballet when they perform Who Cares pas de deux, and Tarantella, both with choreography by Balanchine. Dorothée Gilbert and Alessio Carbone, superstars from Paris Opera Ballet will dazzle audiences with their performance of Les Enfants du Paradis pas de deux, and Esmerelda pas de deux.
Dancers Anastasia Matvienko and Denis Matvienko from Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet will mix the classical with the contemporary, as they perform Don Quixote pas de deux, and Radio and Juliet, a fusion of the most famous love story of all time with the music of prolific pop band Radiohead. Elisa Carillo Cabrera and Mikhail Kaniskin from Berlin Opera Company will perform “Fanfare LX” with choreography by Douglas Lee, and Le Grand pas de deux with choreography by Christian Spuck. Daniil Simkin from American Ballet Theatre will perform his trademark Les Bourgeois to the music of Jacques Brel, and will then team up with Iana Salenko from Berlin Opera Ballet for a rare performance of Tchaikovsky pas de deux.
Born and raised in Russia, Nadia Veselova-Tencer graduated from the world-renowned Kirov Ballet Academy in St Petersburg before emigrating to Canada and founding Toronto’s prestigious Academy of Ballet & Jazz with her partner Solomon Tencer in 1988.Veselova-Tencer has worked with more than one hundred international ballet stars in her capacity as Artistic Director of Stars of the 21st Century, and has been named a “Master Teacher” by Dance Magazine.
A portion of the proceeds from STARS OF THE 21st CENTURY are earmarked to benefit cultural programming and scholarships at the Koffler Centre of the Arts, a Toronto-based contemporary Jewish arts and cultural institution with a broad mandate to serve all Canadians through a global lens.
The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts will re-open on Friday, October 1st, 2010 following two years of renovations and restorations. Single tickets are on sale now.
Sony Centre For The Performing Arts presents…
STARS OF THE 21st CENTURY
A Koffler Centre of the Arts Gala
Thursday October 14, 2010 @ 8pm
Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East, Toronto
Singe Ticket prices range from $40.00 – $200.00 + HST