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Luminato 2012 guide: 20 must-see events at this year’s arts festival

Einstein on the Beach (Image: courtesy of Luminato)

Luminato begins this Friday, and it can be a bit of a whirlwind. Everything from a Philip Glass opera about Einstein’s life to a gigantic food festival are on the card from June 8 to June 17, so both mind and body will be nourished. There’s even a huge cast of international guests coming through Toronto, like New York artist Terence Koh and New Yorker editor Deborah Treisman. But there’s so much to do, and we couldn’t possibly see everything, so we’ve created an easy-to-use guide that lists all of Luminato’s best bets.

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The Pick: Einstein on the Beach at Luminato, your one chance to see Philip Glass’s masterwork

Einstein on the Beach, the 1976 magnum opus scored by American minimalist composer Philip Glass, isn’t your average opera: it’s an intense avante-garde bricolage of music, theatre, dance and spoken word. It’s also four-and-a-half hours long and is performed without intermission (audience members are encouraged to come and go as they please). The show hasn’t been performed in over 20 years. But Einstein is such a cultural landmark—and, by all accounts, such an overpowering artistic experience—that we simply couldn’t not recommend it.

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Luminato hires new artistic director, Jorn Weisbrodt

The Luminato Festival has announced today that its new artistic director is Jorn Weisbrodt, partner of Canadian musician Rufus Wainwright and patron of the arts. Weisbrodt, 38, will succeed Chris Lorway. He won the position after a far-reaching search and will begin his new position in January after five years as the director of Long Island’s The Watermill Center. Weisbrodt boasts an impressive resume, having worked with arts organizations all over the world—La Scala in Milan, the Bolshoi Theatre in Russia and Manchester International Festival to name a few—but apparently he is particularly keen on working in Toronto: “I’m very excited about working with Luminato and living in Toronto, because it’s clear this is a festival that wants to work with the world’s best artists on exciting new projects,” Weisbrodt told the Star.

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