Chagall Through Toronto’s Artists
Koffler Art Salon comes to the AGO!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 8 PM
$20.50 Koffler Envision & AGO Members | $22.50 General Public | $17 Students
Only $10 more to visit the exhibition
Art Gallery of Ontario, Weston Family Learning Centre, 317 Dundas St. W.
TICKETS are available through the AGO. Click here to purchase or call 416.979.6608
The Art Gallery of Ontario brings the magic, whimsy and wonder of Marc Chagall to Toronto this fall with a major exhibition featuring Chagall’s lush art alongside the visionaries of Russian modernism. In a tumultuous era for Eastern European Jewry, Chagall boldly depicted scenes of Jewish life in his hometown of Vitebsk, Bellorussia, through brilliant colour and dreamlike imagery.
Past Present: Chagall Through Toronto’s Artists is a not-to-be-missed evening of music, dance, performance, spoken word and more with Toronto’s brightest avant-garde artists, creating exciting new Jewish culture that reaches back to the world of Chagall for flavour, colour and inspiration. Featuring:
• eight-piece jazz fusion ensemble The Thing Is
• selections of contemporary choreography from Kaeja d’Dance
• accordionist Sasha Luminsky from the former Soviet Union with Jonno Lightstone
Plus, the Canadian debut of an excerpt from a new production, Bella: The Colour of Love, about Bella Chagall, the artist’s wife and muse, written by Marr Kerr and Theresa Tova and performed by Yiddish jazz chanteuse Theresa Tova together with celebrated Montreal pianist Matt Herskowitz.
Come early and see the exhibition Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde: Masterpieces from the Collection of the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Admission to the AGO is free on Wednesdays, see this special exhibition for just $10!
Presented together with the Art Gallery of Ontario as part of kofflerkultura.
MORE DETAILS ON PAST PRESENT: CHAGALL THROUGH TORONTO’S ARTISTS
An excerpt from a new original production Bella: The Colour of Love about Bella Chagall, the artist’s wife and muse. Written and performed by Yiddish jazz chanteuse Theresa Tova, the show is a theatrical and musical journey from Russia to the lights of Paris to America – a dazzling musical cabaret taking us into the world of a creative woman living in the shadow of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Performed together with celebrated Montreal-based pianist and composer, Matt Herskowitz.
An 8-piece ensemble, The Thing Is plays an exciting original fusion of Eastern European folk, Afro-funk, and Jazz resulting in a groove-heavy, poetic, and sexy sound. Featuring bandleader and vocalist, Tova Kardonne who is strongly informed in her music compositions by the four different Easter European countries where each of her grandparents were born.
Kaeja d’Dance is an innovative contemporary dance company run by Karen and Allen Kaeja. Together they have also pioneered the field of dance film, creating a wide repertoire of stunning short films including a series exploring the experiences of Allen’s father during the Holocaust. The choreography shares an abstract and aerial quality with Chagall’s fantastical paintings, both playing with the landscape of Jewish life in Eastern Europe.
Composer and musician Sasha Luminsky was born in a very small town very close to Kiev, he graduated from Music College in Moldavia and studied conducting and accordion at the Conservatory in Leningrad. He will perform musical selections inspired by the life and art of Chagall and the Russian avant-garde.