SesayArts in Conversation with Leslie Dala: Julie is “a stunning 21st century setting of a landmark 19th century play”

If you want something done, give it to a busy person, right? Well, this is certainly true of sought-after conductor Leslie Dala, in Toronto for Julie, a one-act chamber opera by Philippe Boesmans, currently playing at Canadian Stage. This engagement is momentous for several reasons: Julie is a contemporary work, written in 2005 and produced […]

These Young Ruffians are not “strictly Shakespeare” — by Sayani S-G and Arpita Ghosal

Walk into Toronto’s Withrow Park, and you’ll see and hear the expected: spirited children engaging in summer-camp activities, happy dogs straining at their leads as they walk their owners along pathways decorated with sidewalk chalk, seniors practising tai chi under lush trees, and the inevitable swarms of errant insects to be swatted away. But come […]

SesayArts in Conversation with Pierre Simpson: Les Zinspirés–”waiting in the wings is a wild ride about to burst forth in 3D!”

If you’re a French-speaking Ontario teen with some Molière in your soul, then directors Guy Mignault and Pierre Simpson want to shine a spotlight on you. This October, 5 Toronto-area teens will, once again, get a chance to shine as playwrights, when Théâtre français de Toronto presents Les Zinspirés 3D. Now in its third year, […]

SesayArts in Conversation with Jeff Miller: The Enduring Relevance of To Kill a Mockingbird (…plus some thoughts on the Fool!)

The Young People’s Theatre has a lot of nerve. The 49th season opener is To Kill a Mockingbird, Christopher Sergel‘s dramatization of Harper Lee‘s classic novel. Since its publication in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird has been surrounded by controversy. The novel’s portrayal of bigotry, abuse, racism, systemic injustice, and loss of innocence made it […]

SesayArts in Conversation: Josée Duranleau, Artiste Extraordinaire

Beware of the single story. If you know Josée Duranleau only as a Toronto-based bilingual arts publicist, then you don’t have the whole story. She’s also an award-winning artist with a specialty in mixed-media collages. Themes range wildly . . . from flappers to Buddha. . . and now, insomnia. Even more intriguing is that she’s […]