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L'Allegro Movement Project  - Documentary Film Collaboration with the Luminato Youth Film Crew - featuring Mark Morris Dance & Dancing with Parkinsons Group

(Luminato Promotion) Mark Morris Dance Group and the Toronto Dancing with Parkinson's group

In the months leading up to the Luminato Festival, dancers and teachers from Mark Morris Dance Group's ground-breaking Dance for PD® program, will collaborate with the Toronto Dancing with Parkinson’s group and local elementary school students from Nelson Mandela Park PS to create L’Allegro Movement Project.

Using thematic and structural elements from L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato as the basis for the movement creation, participants will explore the choreographic, poetic, and musical elements of Mark Morris’s signature work. Through this collaborative, intergenerational initiative, young students and participants with Parkinson's disease will be empowered to explore and celebrate the expressive possibilities of movement through dance and music. 

Ella Cooper (artist, photographer & filmmaker) worked with a select team of youth filmmakers to document L’Allegro Movement Project, highlighting the creative process. Video excerpts were shown at the Sony Centre on June 21-23 and the completed short film premiered as part of the Regent Park Film Festival in the fall of 2013.

The performance of L’Allegro Movement Project featured the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir and soloists.

Behind the Scenes Video Creation for the School Days Project - featuring the Regent Park School of Music, members of Broken Social Scene and artists off the Arts & Crafts Label (Cold Specks, Snow Blink & Timbre, Timbre) 

(Luminato Description) Arts & Crafts, Regent Park School of Music and the Luminato Festival – A Collaboration in Song

In celebration of their 10th anniversary, Toronto-based record label Arts & Crafts collaborates with the Luminato Festival and the Regent Park School of Music on a new project, resulting in two remarkable performances.

Leading up to the Festival, students from the Regent Park School of Music youth band are learning favourite songs from the catalogue of select Arts & Crafts artists. During the workshop and rehearsal process, these artists will sing with and mentor the students, reinforcing their shared commitment to artistic expression and community. This will culminate in a joint concert in the Regent Park community and at the outdoor stage at the Festival Hub. 

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