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Arrabal | Until April 20 | Panasonic Theatre

An explosive story entirely through dance and the music of multiple Academy Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Babel) and his band Bajofondo. Using a modern tango dance vocabulary, director Sergio Trujillo and choreographer Julio Zurita create a dramatic vision that is emotional, sexual and powerful. Arrabal is based on the true story of the political violence that threatened to destroy Argentina in the 1970’s.

Contact Photography | Until April 30 | at various locations

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is an annual event in May with well over 1500 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Founded as a not-for-profit organization in 1997 and now a charitable organization, the Festival is devoted to celebrating, and fostering the art and profession of photography, through a diverse range of programmes.

As a leading proponent of photography, the Festival increases exposure and recognition for local, Canadian and international artists and is committed to advancing knowledge, creativity and innovation in photography. It stimulates excitement and discussion among a diverse audience that has grown to over 1.8 million. CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural event in Canada.

Hercules | Until April 30 | Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Peter Sellars returns to direct in his acclaimed production of Handel's timeless and poignant tragedy which propels the Greek myth into the modern day. The ancient Greek tragedian Sophocles was also a war general who knew first-hand the devastating psychological traumas that imperilled returning veterans. With Hercules – Handel’s take on Sophocles’ play – Sellars creates a healing work in which the untold horrors of war and the unspoken complications of reunion find their voice.

Hercules runs for seven performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts from April 5 to 30. For tickets and more information call 416-363-8231

Belleville | Until May 4 | Berkeley Street Theatre

A Company Theatre production in association with Canadian Stage. Americans Zack and Abby appear to have it all: an apartment in a promising neighbourhood in Paris, an affectionate marriage, and Zack’s admirable mission to eradicate pediatric AIDS through his work with Doctors Without Borders. But when Abby finds Zack at home one day when he’s supposed to be at work, the revelations that follow rock their seemingly idyllic life. The Company Theatre, our Berkeley Street Partners who presented 2012’s Speaking in Tongues and 2011’s The Test, return with a suspenseful, Hitchcockian play that shines a light on the darker side of our personal relationships.

Francis Bacon and Henry Moore | Until July 6 | Art Gallery of Ontario

Organized by the AGO in conjunction with the U.K.’s historic Ashmolean Museum, Francis Bacon and Henry Moore features over 60 works by the two highly influential artists as well as a number of photographs and archival materials dating from the Second World War. Although they were neither friends nor collaborators, painter Francis Bacon (1909-1992) and sculptor Henry Moore (1898-1986) were contemporaries who shared an obsession with expressing themes of suffering, struggle and survival in relation to the human body. Both artists survived the Second World War and were subsequently haunted by the conflict, which they represented through manifestations of the body in various states of contortion. Drawing on the artists’ own personal experiences during the London Blitz, the exhibition examines how confinement and angst fostered their extraordinary creativity and unique visions.

The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors | Until July 31 | Royal Ontario Museum

Built as the official imperial residence for China's emperors during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties, the Imperial Palace, or the Forbidden City, was strictly off limits to all but the Emperor, his family, and thousands of servants. With approximately 980 buildings containing 8,700 rooms (give or take a few), it was a complex of epic proportions and epic drama.

Approximately 250 rare objects will travel to the ROM from Beijing's Palace Museum, the name given to the Forbidden City in 1925, one year following the exile of the Last Emperor, Pu Yi. Many of these objects are Chinese national treasures never before seen in North America, and several have never travelled outside the walls of The Forbidden City.

Hot Docs - Outspoken, Outstanding | From April 24 to May 4 | Bloor Cinema

Each year Hot Docs, the Canadian International Documentary Festival, presents a selection of more than 200 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe to an audience of 180,000. Through its industry programs, Hot Docs also provides a full range of professional development, market and networking opportunities for documentary professionals. Over the years, Hot Docs’ education programs have grown exponentially, positively impacting over 78,000 of youth across Ontario each year.

Roberto Devereux | From April 25 to May 20 | Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

The tumultuous final days of the reign of queen Elizabeth I find powerful expression in Donizetti’s Tudor drama. The central character in Roberto Devereux, Queen Elizabeth I has always attracted the foremost divas of their day. That tradition now continues with Sondra Radvanovsky, the world’s leading interpreter of the great 19th-century Italian prima donna roles. Donizetti’s show-stopping melodies and sumptuous period costumes bring the intrigue of the Elizabethan court to life within a Shakespearean-inspired Globe Theatre setting.

Roberto Devereux runs for seven performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts from April 25 to May 20. For tickets and more information call 416-363-8231

Toronto Jewish Film Festival | From May 1 to May 11 | Bloor Cinema

This annual festival presents feature films, documentaries and shorts on themes of Jewish culture and identity. It also hosts filmmakers and guests from around the globe. Screenings take place at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, the Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Cinemas, Innis Town Hall, and the ROM Eaton Theatre.

Toronto FC vs New England | May 3 | BMO Field

Toronto FC is a professional soccer team which competes in the Major League Soccer (MLS). Toronto became MLS's fourteenth team in the league, and the first Canadian team, upon their expansion in 2007. The team play their home matches at the soccer-specific BMO Field, located in Exhibition Place along the Toronto lake shore.

The club has won four consecutive Amway Canadian Championships from 2009 to 2012.

Canadian Music Week | From May 6 to May 10 | Various downtown locations

CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK is recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. The Canadian Music Week festival spans 5 nights of performances, with 1,000 showcasing bands at more than 60 live music venues in downtown Toronto. All convention functions take place at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre.

Toronto FC vs Vancouver | May 7 | BMO Field

Toronto FC is a professional soccer team which competes in the Major League Soccer (MLS). Toronto became MLS's fourteenth team in the league, and the first Canadian team, upon their expansion in 2007. The team play their home matches at the soccer-specific BMO Field, located in Exhibition Place along the Toronto lake shore.

The club has won four consecutive Amway Canadian Championships from 2009 to 2012.

The Tempest Replica | From May 7 to May 11 | St Lawrence Centre for the Arts

A Kidd Pivot production presented by Canadian Stage In her new dance piece inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, award-winning Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite stages a game of revenge and forgiveness, where reality dances with imagination. Integrating stunning visuals, projection and an original score, The Tempest Replica is a testament to Pite’s skill as an image-maker and storyteller of rare distinction. Patrons who enjoyed Pite’s Dark Matters in 2012 will love this new theatrical and inventive dance creation.

Don QUichotte | From May 9 to May 24 | Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

A romantic French take on Spain’s greatest literary hero, starring Ferruccio Furlanetto. Based on the same classic novel that inspired the Broadway hit Man of La Mancha, Don Quichotte is Massenet’s affectionate portrayal of literature’s ultimate dreamer, Don Quixote. Ferruccio Furlanetto, opera’s pre-eminent bass, stars in his intensely moving signature role. Lush melodies and Spanish dance rhythms conjure up medieval Spain at the end of the age of chivalry. In this enchanting production, characters spring out of giant leather-bound storybooks as windmills are fashioned from oversized quills.

Don Quichotte runs for seven performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts from May 9 to 24. For tickets and more information call 416-363-8231

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