World and Canadian premieres, breakthrough artists, and celebrated international productions and performers mark the 32nd season of Flato Markham Theatre.
Flato Markham Theatre announces its 16/17 Diamond Series season, featuring an eclectic lineup of internationally renowned productions, gifted pop stars, dazzling classical and jazz musicians, exhilarating acrobatics, and breathtaking dance.
“Flato Markham Theatre’s new season is an artistic expression of all that makes our city and our people great,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “With so many remarkable artists bringing their extraordinary talent to the stage, there’s something to discover for every one of every age and culture.”
Multiple artists will make their Markham debut next season. Direct from China, the unbelievable Shanghai Acrobats perform Shanghai Nights, a jaw-dropping production full of gravity-defying tricks and contortions.
Sibling piano sensation The 5 Browns play classical like you’ve never heard it before, with five grand pianos on stage at the same time. A spectacle of Brazilian rhythm and movement, dance troupe Balé Folclórico da Bahia will pulsate through the theatre with their colourful mixture of samba, capoeira and reggae beats.
Through a fusion of Chinese martial arts, acrobatics, and an all-female percussion ensemble, Immortal Chi, directed by celebrity creator Erik Villeneuve, tells the story of a Tai Chi master and his ultimate challenge to regain his inner energy and life force.
Dance takes centre stage as the beautiful Russian National Ballet Theatre perform Tchaikovsky’s famous Swan Lake; the steamy Broadway smash, Luis Bravo’s Forever Tango will heat things up with its fiery choreography.
Modern ballet company ProArteDanza will present the World Premiere of their show Diversion & Fearful Symmetries, and internationally renowned Shanghai Dance Theatre will make their Canadian debut with a five-day artist residency with their show Fragrance. The residency will include education and outreach activities as well as two full performances.
“I am thrilled with the upcoming 16/17 season, as the program perfectly transcends international cultures, multiple disciplines, genres, and generations,” said Eric Lariviere, Flato Markham Theatre’s General Manager.
To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, the theatre has expanded its popular Great Canadian Performers series to ten shows, including The Nylons, who will open the season with their Farewell Tour, and alternative rock group Sloan’s One Chord to Another 20th Anniversary Tour.
The theatre continues its work to engage the community through education programs and outreach initiatives under the umbrella of Discovery. The Discovery program offers exciting and interactive school matinees, including performances for students as part of Every Child, Every Year (ECEY) – an initiative that offers every student enrolled in a Markham school from grade one to three the opportunity to attend a matinee at the Theatre each year free of charge.
ECEY performances include Québecois theatrical clowning group L’Aubergine’s Terzettto, contemporary dance company Sursaut with The Cicada & the Ant, and Celtic musical group The Next Generation Leahy. Performances include abridged versions of Shanghai Nights, Swan Lake, and Immortal Chi.
The theatre has presented a multitude of performers to entertain the young and young at heart for more than thirty years. Now younger patrons have even more reasons to spend an great afternoon or evening at the theatre. The theatre is Introducing StudentsLive! A new pricing structure that offers all students and children tickets for only $15. Students will have dozens of shows to choose from as the majority of performances scheduled next year include this price.
Visit www.markhamtheatre.ca for details.