Photo of Agnes Zsigovics by: Tariq Kieran / Original Light Studios

Welcome to Toronto Masque Theatre

We're in the process of making some changes to our website, so check back in early September to see our new, online look. 

In the meantime, we're delighted to share with you details about our forthcoming 2014/15 season. Online ticket sales will be available after Labour Day. In the meantime, if you'd like to order tickets or would like more information please contact us via email, admin@torontomasquetheatre.com, or phone, 416-410-4561416-410-4561.

 

Our 2014/15 Season

The Soldier's Tale

A soldier. The Devil. A book that foretells the future.

October 25 & 26, 2014 - Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane in the Distillery District.

A weary soldier starts to play his fiddle. Attracted by the music, the Devil, disguised as an old man, approaches with a deal that will transform the soldier’s life. Toronto Masque Theatre returns to Soulpepper Theatre Company’s Global Cabaret Festival with a gripping production of Igor Stravinsky's dark and thrilling Faustian fable. Based on a Russian folktale, this dense fusion of music, dance and drama was created in the shadow of the First World War. These performances commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of that conflict.

Choreography by Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière. Design by Montreal visual artist Caroline Guilbault. Featuring Derek Boyes as the Narrator, and dancers Stéphanie Brochard as the Princess and Hubert Lemire as the Soldier. Larry Beckwith will conduct a virtuoso ensemble featuring violinist Erica Raum and trumpeter Guy Few.

For more information on Soulpepper's Global Cabaret Festival please go to their website.

 

Acis and Galatea

A perfect love. A spurned giant. An enduring memorial.

January 15-17, 2015 - Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity Street

After being mocked by a sea nymph and her shepherd lover, a jealous giant exacts a terrible revenge. This year's mid-winter cabaret will be an innovative presentation of George Frederick Handel's pastoral gem. Written to be presented at the stately home of the Duke of Chandos in England, this compelling masque is perfect for the warm intimacy of the historic Enoch Turner Schoolhouse on a cold winter night. Enjoy a glass of wine and be charmed by a tale of eternal love and transformation told by candlelight.
Featuring tenors Lawrence Wiliford and Graham Thomson, soprano Teri Dunn and baritone Peter McGillivray, a baroque band led from the violin by Larry Beckwith and a chorus made up of members of the University of Toronto’s Schola Cantorum.

Production generously sponsored by Roger D. Moore
 

Les Indes Mécaniques

A young princess. Mechanical men. Rivals in love.

May 14-15, 2015 - Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre. 207 Queens Quay W

In an abandoned room in Istanbul's grand Topkapi Palace, a Turkish princess discovers a mysterious music box containing life-sized automatons. This tale of love and machines is inspired by Jean-Philippe Rameau’s remarkable opera-ballet and the automated toys of Marie Antoinette. Our season finale is a balletic exploration of the obsession with mechanical gadgets and the Orient in 18th-century France. An exciting Toronto Masque Theatre production with special guests Les Jardins Chorégraphiques (Montreal) and La Compagnie Beaux-Champs (Paris).

Choreographed by and featuring Mickaël Bouffard and Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière; also featuring Dorothéa Ventura and Bruno Benne. Music adapted and performed by harpsichordists Loris Barrucand and Clément Geoffroy, with set design by Caroline Guilbault and costumes and props by Brigitte Lacoursière, Delphine Desnus, and Marc Sénécal.
 

Our 2014/15 Salon Series

The Salon Series is an opportunity to learn more about masque, enjoy informal conversation over a drink and snacks and hear international talent perform in an intimate setting.

Generously sponsored and hosted by patrons Walter and Marina Unger.

All salons take place at 21 Shaftesbury Avenue at the Summerhill subway

The Fine Art of the Masque
Monday September 22, 2014, 7:30 pm
For over ten years, we have been doing something rather special: creating a body of new Canadian works within the masque tradition. Our goal is to make Toronto a centre of new masque creation. We have just commissioned our eighth original work,The man who married himself. This is your chance to meet the creators as well as other composers and writers who have contributed to TMT’s growing list of new works. With performances by mezzo-soprano Marion Newman and soprano Teri Dunn.

Salon 2: A Very Merry TMT Christmas Celebration
Monday December 8, 2014, 7:30 pm
Join us for a very special Christmas celebration featuring carols, songs, stories and chamber music. Warm your spirits with a tale and a tune by the roaring fire and a glass of TMT Renaissance Holiday Punch. We will also be hosting a special silent auction featuring unique, seasonal gifts. With performances from  a quartet of singers, a small performing ensemble from Unionville High School and special guest appearances from soprano Jean Edwards and other friends of the company.

Salon 3: So You Want to Write a Masque?
Monday March 9, 2015, 7:30 pm
Have you ever wanted to write a masque? Have you ever wondered about the hardship and sacrifice that goes into creating a masterpiece? Nicholas Dénoument and Mina Kalishnikova, fresh from the triumph of last season's Arlecchino Allegro, will create a masque in front of your eyes, including music, scenery and even bits of poetry. Right before your eyes. Seriously. With musical contributions from lutenist Lucas Harris, soprano Michele DeBoer and violinist Larry Beckwith (the Maestro).
 

 

Thanks to our sponsors

 

   

 

For major support in our 2013/14 season, special thanks to:

Roger Moore

The Mary-Margaret Webb Foundation, and the K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation

Sharon Adamson, Ian Alexander, Justina Becker, Teri Dunn & Larry Beckwith,

Jean Edwards, Father Brian Freeland, Linda & Michael Hutcheon,

Daniel & Carol Kushner, Kathleen McMorrow & John Beckwith, Marja Moens,

Kit & Barbara Moore, Matthew O'Gorman & Vivian Moens,

John & Ellen Spears, Walter & Marina Unger.

  
Original Light Studios

Press

  • 'Beckwith & Co. have the right idea and the right attitude, thinking not only of the past, but of the present and future.'
  • John Terauds, Toronto Star

  • ' …finely detailed choreography by Marie-Nathalie Lacoursiere, who with this one show has set a new standard for historical dance in Toronto.'
  • Robert Everett-Green, Globe and Mail

  • 'Beckwith led his instrumentalists discreetly from the first violin’s chair, giving us chamber music instead of arm-waving.'
  • Tamara Bernstein, Globe and Mail

  • 'Derek Boyes was superb as the narrator in Histoire du Soldat….the musicians, as always, were outstanding.'
  • Paula Citron, Opera Canada

  • '…what a wonderful experience King Arthur was, on so many levels. It was a triumphant display of all the strengths TMT can boast, and we were totally thrilled.'
  • TMT patron