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Behind the Curtain Pre-Show Talks

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There are many unique opportunities at TO Live to attend engaging and informative pre-show or post-show talks or demonstrations by experts. These ‘talks’ are as wide-ranging and educational as they are entertaining.

Attend a pre-show or post-show talk, and you can uncover a wholly new and informed insider’s perspective on what you are about to see. Do not miss the chance to be a theatrical insider.

These talks and demonstrations take place in the Lower Lobby at the Sony Centre or in the Upper Gallery at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, unless otherwise specified.

Brit Floyd
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Friday, April 5, 2019
7:00pm – 7:30pm
Sony Centre Lower Lobby

Join us in our lower lobby for a pre-show talk with Dr.  Phil Rose, author of the book Roger Waters and Pink Floyd: The Concept Albums, to celebrate 40 years of The Wall! He will explore Pink Floyd's relevance today in reference to the evolution of the conceptual work of the band's classic period. The Wall remains one of the best-selling and well-known concept albums of all time and signaled an important moment in rock music history. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Phil Rose Phil Rose (PhD) is author of the book Roger Waters and Pink Floyd: The Concept Albums (2015), a project for which he extensively interviewed the former creative leader of the classic group. He is likewise the author of Radiohead and the Global Movement for Change: “Pragmatism Not Idealism” (2016) and the forthcoming Radiohead: Music For a Global Future (2019). He has taught at a number of Canadian universities.

Batsheva
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

7:00pm-7:30pm
Sony Centre Lower Lobby

 

Join us in our lower lobby for a pre-show talk with Batsheva’s Senior Rehearsal Director, Luc Jacobs and Toronto-based dance critic Deirdre Kelly. Together, they will explore a behind-the-scenes look at Venezuela and how Ohad Naharin and the dancers explore the dialogue and conflict between movement and the content it represents. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Deidre KellyDeirdre Kelly is a Toronto-based journalist, author and internationally recognized dance critic and style writer. She writes for Dance Magazine in New York, the Dance Gazette in London, and NUVO in Vancouver, and is a contributor to the International Dictionary of Ballet (St. James Press) and AWOL: Tales for Travel-Inspired Minds (Vintage Books). A staff writer at The Globe and Mail for the last 32 years, she was her newspaper's award-winning dance critic, from 1985 until 2001, before transitioning to the Style section as its senior fashion reporter in Milan, Paris, New York and cities across Canada. Her other accomplishments at Canada's paper of record include stints as an investigative reporter in the visual arts with a focus on art crime, a weekly lifestyle columnist covering the Toronto International Film Festival and celebrities, rock critic, business writer and cultural bureau chief in Montreal covering the arts in Quebec and Eastern Canada. The best-selling author of Paris Times Eight and Ballerina: Sex, Scandal and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection, she has also written for a wide range of international titles, including Marie Claire in London, Elle in New York and Vogue Australia. Recipient of the 2014 Nathan Cohen Award for Excellence in Theatre Criticism (Long Form Category), Canada's most important arts writing prize, she is presently at work on her next book, an examination of The Beatles and their style.

 

 

 

Luc JacobsLuc Jacobs was born in Belgium. He started dancing at the age of 10. Among others, Luc danced with the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Belgium, Deutsche Opern Berlin, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo and Northern Ballet Theater, UK. In 2002 Luc joined the Norwegian Carte Blanche and later that year, Batsheva Dance Company. In 2005 he served as assistant to Stijn Celis, Artistic Director of the Stadtheater in Bern, Switzerland, where he created many choreographic works. In 2005 Luc was appointed Rehearsal Director and Ballet Teacher of Batsheva Dance Company. In 2010 he became Batsheva Dance Company's Senior Rehearsal Director.

Eifman Ballet St. Petersburg: Tchaikovsky. PRO et CONTRA
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May 9-11, 2019

7:00pm-7:30pm
Sony Centre Lower Lobby

Pre-Show Talks will take place May 9-11 from 7pm to 7:30pm in the Sony Centre Lower Lobby, moderated by Dance Critic Deirdre Kelly with artists from Eifman Ballet.

Deidre Kelly

Deirdre Kelly is a Toronto-based journalist, author and internationally recognized dance critic and style writer. She writes for Dance Magazine in New York, the Dance Gazette in London, and NUVO in Vancouver, and is a contributor to the International Dictionary of Ballet (St. James Press) and AWOL: Tales for Travel-Inspired Minds (Vintage Books). A staff writer at The Globe and Mail for the last 32 years, she was her newspaper's award-winning dance critic, from 1985 until 2001, before transitioning to the Style section as its senior fashion reporter in Milan, Paris, New York and cities across Canada. Her other accomplishments at Canada's paper of record include stints as an investigative reporter in the visual arts with a focus on art crime, a weekly lifestyle columnist covering the Toronto International Film Festival and celebrities, rock critic, business writer and cultural bureau chief in Montreal covering the arts in Quebec and Eastern Canada. The best-selling author of Paris Times Eight and Ballerina: Sex, Scandal and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection, she has also written for a wide range of international titles, including Marie Claire in London, Elle in New York and Vogue Australia. Recipient of the 2014 Nathan Cohen Award for Excellence in Theatre Criticism (Long Form Category), Canada's most important arts writing prize, she is presently at work on her next book, an examination of The Beatles and their style.