Header - Services

Luminato’s Weisbrodt stays calm while preparing to stage world’s fiery end

Luminato’s Weisbrodt stays calm while preparing to stage world’s fiery end

June 8, 2015
National

“Apocalypsis is the most monumental show ever staged in Toronto,” Jorn Weisbrodt remarked while sipping bouillabaisse at a bistro on Queen St. W.

I am not inclined to argue that point with Luminato’s tall, bearded, eloquent artistic director, who was bracing himself for weeks of formidable preparations yet showing no sign of stress.

No one could accuse Weisbrodt of thinking small or lacking vision. He’s putting his reputation on the line with this overwhelmingly huge extravaganza, running for three performance at the Sony Centre on the closing weekend of this year’s annual arts festival (June 26 to 28).

Epicure was the name of the restaurant where we were having lunch. “Epic” is the only word to describe the venture we were discussing and even that seems inadequate to suggest the size, scope, logistics and prep that might discourage a more cautious impresario than Weisbrodt.

Veteran Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer’s staggeringly ambitious piece was written in the late 1970s and staged just once in full, 35 years ago. How it came to be resurrected reveals the essence of Weisbrodt and his vision..."

www.thestar.com

Related Composers: R. Murray Schafer