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Past Present: Chagall Through Toronto’s Artists

Past Present: Chagall Through Toronto’s Artists
Koffler Art Salon Comes to the AGO!
Wednesday, December 14, 8:00pm
Weston Family Learning Centre
$20.50 Members | $22.50 Public | $10 additional to visit the exhibition

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A not-to-be-missed evening of music, dance, performance, spoken word and more with Toronto’s brightest avant-garde artists creating exciting new Jewish culture that reaches back to the world of Chagall for flavour, colour, and inspiration.


  •     the eight-piece jazz fusion ensemble The Thing Is
  •     selections of contemporary choreography from Kaeja d’Dance
  •     accordionist Sasha Luminsky from the former Soviet Union

 Plus, the Canadian debut of an excerpt from a new production, Bella: The Colour of Love about Bella Chagall, the artist’s wife and muse, written by Mary Kerr and Theresa Tova and performed by Yiddish jazz chanteuse Theresa Tova together with celebrated Montreal pianist, Matt Herskowitz.

Come early to see the exhibition, Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde: Masterpieces from the Collection of the Centre Pompidou and enjoy unexpected surprises in the galleries!

Presented with the Koffler Centre of the Arts.

An 8-piece ensemble, The Thing Is plays an exciting original fusion of Eastern European folk, Afro-funk, and Jazz resulting in a groove-heavy, poetic, and sexy sound. Featuring bandleader and vocalist, Tova Kardonne who is strongly informed in her music compositions by the four different Easter European countries where each of her grandparents were born.

Kaeja d’Dance is an innovative contemporary dance company run by Karen and Allen Kaeja. Together they have also pioneered the field of dance film, creating a wide repertoire of stunning short films including a series exploring the experiences of Allen’s father during the Holocaust. The choreography shares an abstract and aerial quality with Chagall’s fantastical paintings, both playing with the landscape of Jewish life in Eastern Europe.

Composer and musician Sasha Luminsky was born in a very small town very close to Kiev, he graduated from Music College in Moldavia and studied conducting and accordion at the Conservatory in Leningrad. He will perform musical selections inspired by the life and art of Chagall and the Russian avant-garde.

An excerpt from a new original production Bella: The Colour of Love about Bella Chagall, the artist’s wife and muse. Written and performed by Yiddish jazz chanteuse Theresa Tova, the show is a theatrical and musical journey from Russia to the lights of Paris to America – a dazzling musical cabaret taking us into the world of a creative woman living in the shadow of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Performed together with celebrated Montreal-based pianist and composer, Matt Herskowitz.

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