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A vision of Aluna Theatre’s Nohayquiensepa. Image courtesy of DW Communications.
Tonight in Toronto: a play about the death of strangers, music performed on a bicycle, and a series of dance pieces about public transit.
THEATRE: Multiple Dora Award–winning Latin-Canadian company Aluna Theatre returns to Toronto with its 2009 SummerWorks hit, Nohayquiensepa (No one knows), fresh from a tour in Colombia. The visually stylistic performance fuses dance, theatre, and video to explore how we react to the deaths of strangers in our own communities, as well as in far-off countries where human rights abuses run rampant. With choreography by Olga Barrios and skillfully composed audiovisual materials by director/designer Trevor Schwellnus, Nohayquiensepa is a hard-hitting performance not to be missed. Theatre Centre (1087 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $20.
THEATRE: Performer Evalyn Parry puts the bicycle on a pedestal in SPIN, a show about bikes, women, and liberation. Inspired by the tale of Annie Londonderry, who in 1894 became the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle, SPIN features a vintage bike transformed into a wondrous instrument “played” by percussionist Brad Hard and manipulated by sound artist Anna Friz. Both funny and thought-provoking, SPIN is a perfectly timed ode to the dawning spring season, when cycles citywide are brought out of hibernation to again grace our streets. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), 8 p.m., $15.
DANCE: After the success of its inaugural—and highly enjoyable—presenting series Under a Paper Moon last winter, dance centre Hub14 is back with another showcase of the city’s talent. Inspired by and including the 2009 Gemini Award–winning film Streetcar, this year’s show, Full Stop, is an ode to the world of public transit and features performances by Marie-Josée Chartier, Colin Edwards, Tina Fushell, Luke Garwood, and Rebecca Picherack. Hub14 (14 Markham Street), 8 p.m., $18–22.