Urban Planner: May 6, 2011



Urban Planner: May 6, 2011

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Dancer Mairi Greig takes part in Momentum 2011, a showcase presented by the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

In today’s Urban Planner: images of, and new thoughts on alternatives to, oil pipelines in the Canadian wilderness at CONTACT; a new class of dancers, at TDT’s Momentum 2011; Soulpepper introduces Guillermo Verdecchia’s award-winning Fronteras Americanas to a new generation; and a new form of music from Ninja Funk Orchestra.

SYMPOSIUM: With the worst Canadian oil spill in 36 years occurring last Friday, Edward Burtynsky’s Oil—The Symposium, taking place this evening (in conjunction with the photographer’s CONTACT exhibit, which opened yesterday) seems timely indeed. Ryerson University Gallery (245 Church Street, Room 103), 7 p.m., FREE
THEATRE: Space is at a premium at the Young Centre right now, with no less than five productions in the Baillie Theatre this week. One of those is tonight’s first preview of the remount of Fronteras Americanas, a Governor General’s Award–winning play about belonging and cultural identity by Toronto-based playwright Guillermo Verdecchia (we studied it in school a decade ago). Performed solo by Verdecchia, it looks at Christopher Columbus’s discovery of the New World and how the explorer has since been claimed by many cultures as one of theirs—even though he was an outsider all his life in Europe. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (55 Mill Street, Building 49), 7:30 p.m., $28–$65.
DANCE: The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, in presenting year-end showcaseMomentum 2011, has commissioned five leading modern choreographers—Julia Sasso, Darryl Tracey, William Yong, Gerry Trentham, and Sasha Ivanochko—to create new work for the dancers in all three years of the school’s training program. The graduating class will also be remounting Christopher House’s 1993 work FourTowers, which led to his taking the helm at TDT 17 years ago. Winchester Street Theatre (80 Winchester Street), 8 p.m., $15–$19.
MUSIC: Ninja Funk Orchestra, who boast of creating a new form of “live instrumental electronic music,” are releasing their first EP tonight, backed up by Torro Torro, Forest Fires, and Kasel. The show tonight will also be enhanced with a light and sound show by Playground Studio‘s Beth Kates, who usually designs for award-winning theatre productions. The Mod Club (722 College Street), 9 p.m. (doors), $10–$15.
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