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Don't miss Hayavadana (Available Now!)
Hayavadana. by Girish Karnad. In Association with Why Not Theatre.
Love is imperfect, identity can be deceiving, and perfection is dangerous. Padmini is in love with two friends, Devadatta, a poet, and Kapila, a blacksmith, but the familiar love triangle is turned upside down when the men’s bodies are mysteriously switched. One of India’s most popular plays of the 20th Century, Hayavadana reinvents an iconic myth into a powerful search for wholeness. Read the Playbill.
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Tickets are Pay-What-You-Choose, and audiences enjoy unlimited access to the audio drama from the premiere date until June 30, 2021. You will receive an email on May 19 with a link to log into your account and listen to an embedded audio file through your computer or device. To purchase a Passport Subscription and enjoy all eight productions, CLICK HERE.
Complimentary access for Front Line Workers and members of our Free 25 and Under program sponsored by Sun Life.
CBC IDEAS - INDIA indepth Podcast (Available Now!)
IDEAS is a deep-dive into contemporary thought and intellectual history. Using Hayavadana as a launching-off point, host Nahlah Ayed sits down with artists to discuss the cultural context to understand this Indian drama, and what it might have to say to our contemporary Canadian context. FREE
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Director of Hayavadana, Miriam Fernandes, sits down with Emma Stenning to discuss how this fantastical play is a meeting of Ancient and Contemporary and the East and West as it weaves together ancient Indian theatre traditions, all while remaining so relevant to audiences right now.
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Keeping in touch, both figuratively and physically, is a challenge during times of isolation; while physical touch – and what we touch – is now a source of fear and anxiety for many. The Dutch phrase “skin hunger” has come to prominence in recent months, encapsulating these feelings.
For the 2020 Festival, TIFA presented Skin Hunger: a new writing commission featuring original works by internationally renowned writers, in reflection on what we’ve all felt and suffered during the COVID-19 crisis. Featured here is Indo-Canadian writer Anosh Irani, reading his Skin Hunger piece, titled Ezekiel’s Scorpion.
Book Recommendations from Toronto International Festival of Authors
The Jaipur Literary Festival in Toronto has been an important showcase for South Asia’s unique literary heritage and Canada’s diverse literary legacy, while also celebrating the richness of its landscape, people and cultures. Learn more about the Festival here.
The 2020 JLF Toronto Festival was held online, and features an incredible line-up of authors and talks.
The Toronto Tabla Ensemble beautifully integrate the mastery of the tabla with so many different rhythms, sounds and flavours from around the world. It's been a pleasure to work with them and see them expand their organisation to serve our community and youth.
Toronto Tabla Ensemble (TTE) is a unique and multifaceted arts organization dedicated to promoting the North Indian classical art of tabla. The organization is led by founder and artistic director Ritesh Das, who oversees the organization’s artistic vision, educational curriculum, and production activity. Since 1991, the Toronto Tabla Ensemble has mesmerized audiences using the rhythms and grooves of North India to collaborate with music and dance from around the world. The organization also established the Toronto Tabla Youth Ensemble (TTYE) with the aim of becoming one of the elite pre-professional training and performance groups for youth percussionists aged 8-16.
Zavette Quadros-Evangelista, Associate Curator of School Programs & Early Learning at the Art Gallery of Ontario shares two pieces of art from their collection, The Taj Mahal and Gardens, Agra, from the Entrance Gate (1865) & The Taj Mahal, Agra, from the Fountain (1865), from Indian Views, Samuel Bourne
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The National Museum in New Delhi is one of the largest museums in India. Established in 1949, it holds a variety of articles ranging from pre-historic era to modern works of art.
India's major museum dealing with the history of human transportation, it is situated on 3.01 acres and has 95,000 square feet of exhibition galleries.
Archive of Indian Music seeks to digitize and preserve rare gramophone records, ranging from Hindustani and Carnatic classical music, Folk music, Early Cinema, Theatre, Speeches of great leaders of the country and voices of common Indians that were recorded starting 1902.
The Royal Opera House, Mumbai is widely touted as Mumbai’s Cultural Crown Jewel and India’s only surviving Opera House, opened in 1911 by King George V and restored and reopened in 2016.
Take a tour through India's most recognizable landmark, a mausoleum commissioned in 1632 by one of the greatest Mugal Emperors.
The biennial Delhi Photo Festival is an initiative to bring photography into the public space, initiating dialogue amongst photography practitioners and lovers.
The Theatrical Canon - india
9 OTHER PLAYS CURATED BY SOULPEPPER ARTISTS AND LOCAL SCHOLARS TO READ AND ENJOY! INQUIRE ABOUT THESE TITLES AT YOUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP OR LIBRARY.
Soulpepper’s Around The World In 80 Plays series has become essential for theatre lovers. Imagine a mini international theatre festival for the ears, intellect and soul.- NOW Magazine
During this “great intermission” from live theatre, I find myself constantly coming back to mythology. I have always loved the big, universal questions that myths ask of us and the magic they invite into our lives, so the chance to work on Girish Karnad’s Hayavadana has been such a joy. Inspired by an 11th century myth, Hayavadana takes all the ingredients of a great story; love, friendship, jealousy, the gods, comedy, tragedy, and weaves them into an irreverent and poetic reflection on the theme of identity. What a gift to be able to share this story with an audience right now.- Miriam Fernandes, Director
All around the world and throughout history, humans have acted out the stories that are significant to them, the stories that are central to their sense of who they are, the stories that have defined their communities, and shaped their societies. When we talk about classical theatre we want to explore what that means from the many perspectives of this city. This is a celebration of our global canon.- Weyni Mengesha, Soulpepper Artistic Director