This week in Toronto: Greek tragedy at the opera and a look at a bygone India on film

This week in Toronto: Greek tragedy at the opera and a look at a bygone India on film
An expanded version of Jeanine Durning s This Shape, We Are In returns to Toronto Dance Theatre.  (OMER YUKSEKER)

John Cardinal (Billy Campbell) is dealing with a devastating personal loss in Season 3 of Cardinal.  (BELL MEDIA)

Susan Bullock in a 2007 Canadian Opera Company production of the Elektra. Christine Goerke takes the lead in the newest production.  (MICHAEL COOPER)

A scene from Around India With a Movie Camera, screening at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.  (COURTESY ICARUS FILMS AND BFI)

Alexandra Streliski plays the Burdock as part of Piano Fest.  (RAPHAEL OUELLET)

Though the British Raj ended when India gained independence in 1947, it still lasted deep into cinema’s first century. That early period yielded a bounty of images that were captured by both British filmmakers and the subjects under their rule. Director Sandhya Suri delved deep into the British Film Institute’s trove of footage to create this fascinating and often poignant look at life in India between 1899 and 1947. Soumik Datta’s stirring score lends immediacy and power to these glimpses of a long-gone era. A limited run for Suri’s beguiling doc continues this week. ( Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W., 6:30 p.m., also screens Jan. 22, 23 and 24)

—Jason Anderson


They’ve been around for about nine years, but there’s a good chance you’re not familiar with the term “social impact bond.” This documentary by Nadine Pequeneza (15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story) examines this intersection of capitalism and public service whereby investors finance social improvements and make profits when measurable goals are met. To proponents like the U.K.’s Sir Ronald Cohen, they’re a force for good; others aren’t so certain. ( TVO at 9 p.m., also at

—Debra Yeo


The Montreal composer-pianist has, through a string of TV and movie soundtrack work, forged a potent chemistry with director Jean-Marc Vallée. But it’s her fall 2018 LP Inscape that shows off her more personal side and is a good guide for this rare Toronto appearance. These are bite-sized, nu-classical delicacies that pack a sneaky emotional wallop. Anyone with sharp ears could do worse than park themselves in a corner for the fourth annual Piano Fest, which starts Monday with two separate sittings each night through next Monday at this charming Bloordale spot. ( Burdock , 1184 Bloor St. W., doors 6 p.m.)

—Chris Young


Toronto Dance Theatre first brought New York City choreographer Jeanine Durning’s The Shape, We Are In to Toronto in 2016 as part of its New York/Toronto Project, which aimed to encapsulate the dance scene of that city in our own. Now, TDT is experimenting with repetition of beloved pieces and so we’re lucky that This Shape, We Are In has returned in a full-length version. This five-person piece, featuring props from a Tim Hortons box to a traffic pylon, is accompanied by a performance installation by artist Marie Lambin-Gagnon entitled Slow Dance. (Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester St., 8 p.m., on until Feb. 2)
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