Live at the Kisanii Hub
Featuring "The Journey to LuminUS"
Friday Nov 18 & Saturday Nov 19, 2022
The Esplanade & Princess St
David Crombie Park
“Live at the Kisanii Hub” is bringing back The Journey to LuminUS by Clay and Paper Theatre to David Crombie Park in November 2022!
Clay and Paper Theatre's giant luminous animals and life-sized human lantern puppets turned our dark November night into a gorgeous glowing journey! Musician Beny Esguerra had a touch of magic and we were enchanted by his new tradition music! Members of the Esplanade community, who joined Jamii's Turkish mosaic lantern workshops, led by Art Masterclass, helped us spread this magic in the neighbourhood!
The Journey to LuminUs by Clay and Paper Theatre
Andrew Gaboury as Fox
Sophie Bouey as Bird
Shayna Burns as Wolf
Keely Krall as the Star and Whale
Daniel Sutherland as Human Time and Bear
Directing Team: David Anderson, Tamara Romanchuk and Jordan M.Burns
Live Music by Beny Esguerra
and community members of The Esplanade with their
Turkish mosaic candle holders!
Organized by Jamii Team: Afnan Yakot, Iris Unlu, Isorine Marc,
Jonelle Sills, Nadifa Daud Mohamed, Yusra Yacout
Event Videographer: Eray Guler
Event Photographer: Jae Yang
Photos by Jae Yang
Clay and Paper Theatre
Since 1994, Clay and Paper Theatre has been producing plays, pageants and parades, grounded in the idea that performance in public space is an act of cultural transformation. As a ‘theatre without walls’ they build, rehearse and perform in full public view, reuniting art with the daily life of the community, and making art accessible to all.
Beny Esguerra, Musician
Beny Esguerra arrived as a child to Tkaronto (Toronto, Canada) from Bacatá (Bogotá, Colombia) as a political refugee with his parents, who were involved in cultural work and human rights activism. Today, he is an award winning multi-instrumentalist/producer, spoken-word poet, arts educator and community worker. In 2021, he was chosen as the laureate of the 2020 Ontario Arts Foundation Arts Educator Award. Most recently, his songs–from the 2022 JUNO nominated album Northside Kuisi–have been nominated for collaboration of the year at the 2022 International Indigenous Hip Hop Music Awards and have won Music to Life's Hope Rises II song writing contest and international call for songs for social justice.
February 25, 26, and 27, 2021 | David Crombie Park
A whimsical offering with beautiful puppets that transformed our streets into a magical floating garden, and brought joy to everyone.
LuminUS was inspired by the dark days and nights of early 2021, both seasonally and historically, as we moved through the winter of coronavirus and social change, towards illumination and a better understanding of what it means to be connected to one another and the earth through acts of radical care and deep kindness.
We hoped that this project would allow us the chance to engage and celebrate the best of ourselves and our hopes for a caring Toronto/Tkaronto through connection, artful expressions of sculpture, light, music, large scale puppetry and spectacle.
LuminUS was conceived, designed, built and directed by Clay and Paper Theatre’s co-artistic director’s Tamara Romanchuk and David Anderson.
Performed by Amelia Blaine, Jesse Wabegijig, Devlin Edgar Flynn and Chris Wilson.
Photos: Omer Yukseker