Apocalypsis Luminato

Tanya Tagaq & 1,000 performers to stage Apocalypsis

Earlier this winter Luminato revealed that David Byrne will be bringing in St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, How to Dress Well, Kelis, Nelly Furtardo, and more for Contemporary Colour, but the summer festival's art blockbusters won't stop there.

A recreation of Apocalypsis, Murray Schafer's spooky 1980 apocalyptic mega-production, is slated for June, and while that might not ring any bells (it was only performed once before, and in London, Ontario), the jaw dropping part for most will be that 1,000 performers will be dancing and acting in the production in total - including Polaris Prize winner Tanya Tagaq, Laurie Anderson, Brent Carver, and Nina Arsenault.

Tagaq, who's in Toronto this weekend, is in to play The Old Woman, Anderson will voice the part of John, Arsenault will perform as the Whore of Babylon (jealous), and Carver will play the roll of a lifetime: the Antichrist.

The Sony Centre itself will be forced to shrink from 3,191 seats to 1,800 to accommodate the performance, which at one point will feature twelve string quartets. Multiple and abstract time signatures and visualizations of music as waves will lead conductors to use stop watches, and every single member of the Music Gallery will be there. I can't wait.

Learm more about Apocalypsis (June 26-28) online here.


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