Performing Arts

Good vibrations.

A lot has happened to the members of Alabama Shakes since the release of their 2012 debut album, Boys & Girls.

The horseman.

Normand Latourelle strides into one of the white tents anchored near the shores of Lake Ontario, where the members of his multinational equestrian spectacular, Odysseo, are having lunch. He is all smiles, even as he acknowledges that he can’t remember anyone’s name.

Tales from the footlights.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Theatre is a world of flops and triumphs, in which critical and financial success don’t always collide. It’s a world that David Mirvish, head of Mirvish Productions, knows all too well.

Free as a horse.

Cavalia’s Odysseo, an equestrian spectacle directed by Normand Latourelle, features over 70 horses and 40 acrobats. NUVO publisher Pasquale Cusano reflects on the touring performance, which opens April 8 in Toronto.

Enigma of Einaudi.

Audiences clearly adore Ludovico Einaudi, if the demands for encores and multiple standing ovations—which greeted him on his most recent North American tour—are any indication. Accompanied by a 10-piece orchestra, the Italian pianist and composer is expanding his popularity everywhere he goes.

Great expectations.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: On November 12, 1951, the National Ballet of Canada made its debut in Toronto. At the helm is artistic director Karen Kain, one of Canada’s most beloved and honoured ballerinas.

Cultural commune.

An architectural luminary and a fashion-house great will come together in Paris this fall with the opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in a new Frank Gehry–designed building.

Radio nowhere.

Gone are the glory days of the mainstream radio serials, but the concept has been revived in the form of Welcome to Night Vale. The popular podcast takes the form of a community radio show that describes the unnatural goings-on in the fictional, absurdly humorous desert town of Night Vale.

Evolution within.

From amphibians to Neanderthals to primates to man, so goes the tale of the evolution of humankind and the overarching theme of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem. The production opens today in Vancouver, before travelling to New Zealand and Australia.