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Luminato Festival – Weekend Wrap No. 1

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Luminato Festival – Weekend Wrap No. 1
(Toronto) Erika Batdorf’s One Pure Longing: Tahirih’s Search (World Premiere)
(Melbourne) Chunky Move’s Two Faced Bastard (Canadian Premiere)

Two opening productions at the Luminato Festival were dance theatre.

Toronto’s Erika Batdorf’s work One Pure Longing was inspired by Tahirih – a Persian poet and theologian of the Baha’i faith who removed her veil and was executed for immorality. When one thinks of what a feminist piece this work could have/should have been, and what it end up, it is a sad statement. Batdorf went for generalized victimization, including a Native Canadian man. This simplistic dance theatre was slower than molasses.

Two Faced Bastard from Australia had an interesting premise. The audience was split into two groups and only saw one side of the action because the stage was divided by a curtain of vertical Venetian blinds. The cast moved freely between the two stages addressing questions about the relationship between performers and the audience. It was entertaining, but never as substantive as they would have liked.

One Pure Longing continues tonight at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Luminato continues until Jun. 20.

Luminato Festival
(Toronto) Erika Batdorf’s One Pure Longing: Tahirih’s Search (World Premiere)
Directed and created by Erika Batdorf
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Jun. 11 to 14, 2010
(Melbourne) Chunky Move’s Two Faced Bastard (Canadian Premiere)
Direction and choreography by Gideon Obarzanek and Lucy Guerin
Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, Jun. 11 to 13, 2010

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