Luminato 2012: a Festival preview with Artistic Director, Jorn Weisbrodt

Uploaded by LuminatoEvents on 05.06.2012

To me a festival is like a fifth season. You have Summer or Spring
which we're having now - in a very beautiful way - and Fall and Winter
and then there's Festival season and it really is
and then there's Festival season and it really is almost like a separate season
that sort of takes over the entire city and I think Luminato really wants to
transform the city and immerse the city and its citizens into culture and into arts
And a lot of people travel from afar to the festival, stay there for several days
and really, hopefully, switch off their Blackberry
and just gives themselves over to this artistic experience.
And, in a way, this marathon or long duration format
is something that fits that kind of thinking as well.
Where you really give your life over and a good part of your day
to theatre and to the arts.
And where you, basically, let them lead your experiences
where you make a concious decision that this is a time
where you make a concious decision that this is a time that you want to spend with the arts.
One of the really key productions and essential elements of this festival
One of the really key productions and essential elements of this year's festival
is Robert Wilson and Philip Glass' "Einstein on the Beach".
Which is probably one of the most important artworks of the 20th century.
What's so groundbreaking about it is that, it doesn't tell a story.
It's an abstract opera.
It's actually conceived as a collaboration between
a visual artist/director, Robert Wilson and the composer, Philip Glass.
They decided they wanted it to be 260 minutes long, so 4 hours and 20 minutes.
There's no intermission - I think, which was part of the idea of creating this total artwork.
So, that the audience really feels totally immersed in the piece.
I think if you go to see "Einstein" and, sort of, force the work to tell
it's not really going to work. But if you go to "Einstein on the Beach" and just
give over to this experience, you will come out as a much richer person.
Another one of our really true highlights of this year's festival is the
North American Premiere of "Playing Cards: Spades" by Robert LePage.
He's created a 3 hour long piece
with his ensemble improvising scenes and creating characters and stories.
The idea for "Playing Cards" is the deck of cards
and the different colours that a deck of cards has
this one "Spades", focuses on the idea of the Iraq War.
It's the first part in a tetralogy of four evenings.
So, it's also a return to his gigantic theatrical projects.
that will continue premiering over the next few years and then he will combine it into one
huge long evening, sort of in the tradition of "Lip-Sync" and "The Dragon Trilogy".
Another exciting project that we're doing is Stewart Goodyear's Beethoven Marathon.
Where he is taking on the huge task of performing all 32 Beethoven Sonatas in one day.
Which is about one and half times the length of "Einstein on the Beach" - it's about 11 hours.
I feel like the title, "Beethoven Marathon" is a little bit of a kick.
Like, "four score and seven years ago". It's this wonderful
way of bringing the audience closer and they are absolutely curious about it.
It is a whole one day set and I always felt that these complete sonatas
were a set, since I heard them when I was, around, 4 years old.
So, it started from a very early age and it was a life long dream
to present the Sonatas in this fashion.
All of the directors that we've invited with productions to come to Luminato
are really all pieces that have redefined a theatrical language.
that have created their own theatrical language.
You almost see the creme de la creme of these innovators of theatre
compressed in such a short amount of time and, I think, it's a true gift
to the audience and to Toronto to be able to experience some of the most important
voices in theatre and people who have influenced so many other people.