Media Advisory - Luminato Eve launches second annual Luminato Festival with magical evening of David Michalek's Slow Dancing



    Luminato, TELUS, honoured guests, celebrate Toronto's premier arts fest

    TORONTO, June 3 /CNW/ - On Thursday, June 5, Toronto will celebrate the
opening of the second annual Luminato, Toronto's Festival of Arts +
Creativity, with the Canadian premiere of photographer David Michalek's Slow
Dancing.
    Luminato, TELUS, celebrities and honoured guests will come together at
the University of Toronto's Hart House Field for a magical evening featuring
Slow Dancing, as well as performances from the National Ballet School and the
Festival's Light on Your Feet dancers. The evening is set to ignite passion in
the heart of Toronto for the ground-breaking cultural festival which will run
until June 15.

    Note to editors: Your reporters and photographers are invited to attend.

    
    Where:    Hart House Field, University of Toronto, St. George Campus
              Back Campus (Hoskin Ave. and Tower Rd.)
              80 Queen's Park Circle
              Toronto, ON

    When:     Thursday, June 5, 2008
              7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. (Speeches: 8:30 p.m. Slow Dancing
              unveiling at 10 p.m.)

    Who:      Joe Natale, TELUS Executive Vice-President and President,
              TELUS Business Solutions,
              Janet Yale, TELUS Executive Vice-President, Corporate Affairs,
              Janice Price Luminato CEO,
              Photographer David Michalek and special guests
    

    The reveal of the massive Slow Dancing installation presents a unique
photo opportunity as the artist introduces two Canadian dancers - Sandra
Lamouche and Clarence Ford - to the work.
    Through TELUS' commitment to 'give where we live,' the company is a proud
sponsor of Luminato for the second year and a founding Corporate Luminary.
This year, TELUS is supporting Slow Dancing's exploration of the hidden
complexity of dance through video-portraits of ultra-slow dance, and TELUS
Light on Your Feet, which will transform Yonge-Dundas Square into a huge
open-air dance hall, where live bands will take the beat to the street,
celebrating different musical genres and free dance lessons will be offered
during each of the first six nights of the festival. (For more information on
Slow Dancing and Light on Your Feet, see backgrounder attached.)

    ABOUT LUMINATO

    For 10 extraordinary days in June, the vibrant city of Toronto's stages,
streets and public spaces are illuminated with arts and creativity. Luminato
is an annual multidisciplinary celebration of theatre, dance, classical and
contemporary music, film, literature, visual arts, design and more. Luminato
2008 is June 6-15.
    For more information on both free and ticketed Luminato events, including
dates, locations and schedules, visit www.luminato.com. Tickets are available
through all Ticketmaster outlets (call 416-872-1111 or visit
www.ticketmaster.ca).

    TELUS in the community

    In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team
members and alumni have contributed $113 million to charitable and
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 2.1 million hours of
service to local communities since 2000. Eight TELUS Community Boards across
Canada lead our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about
TELUS, please visit telus.com/community.

    About TELUS

    TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE:   TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $9.2 billion of annual revenue and 11.2 million
customer connections including 5.6 million wireless subscribers, 4.4 million
wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers. TELUS
provides a wide range of communications products and services including data,
Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. In support of our
philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and alumni have
contributed $113 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and
volunteered more than 2.1 million hours of service to local communities since
2000. Eight TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic
initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

    Background on Slow Dancing and TELUS Light on Your Feet
    -------------------------------------------------------

    Slow Dancing

    Slow Dancing is photographer David Michalek's series of 45
larger-than-life, hyperslow-motion video portraits of dancers and
choreographers from around the world.
    Displayed on three giant screens, each subject's five-second movement
unfolds gesture by barely perceptible gesture into 10 minutes of extreme slow
motion, enabling the viewer to share in the simplest of movements. It was
co-commissioned by Luminato, the LA Music Centre, Walton Arts Center of
Northwest Arkansas, and Sadler's Wells, London.
    Slow Dancing begins at dusk everyday from June 6-15 at the University of
Toronto's Hart House Field.
    To achieve these unique studies of the human body in ultra-slow motion,
artist David Michalek used a special high-definition camera running at 1,000
frames a second. Shot at such speed, a five-second gesture expands to fill 10
minutes of screen time, opening our eyes to a strange world of almost
suspended animation.
    Michalek's subjects, richly diverse in age, ethnicity and dance form, are
acclaimed dancers and choreographers from around the world: artists who work
in styles and traditions ranging from Japanese court dance to Afro-Brazilian
capoeira, from flamenco to hip-hop, from classical ballet to hoop dancing.
    For this Canadian premiere, Luminato (with the support of SuperNova
Program Development Fund donors Sandra and Jim Pitblado) has commissioned two
portraits to be added to the show. These new portraits will feature Cree hoop
dancer Sandra Lamouche, a recent graduate of the Native American studies
program at the University of Lethbridge, and Toronto dancer, choreographer,
teacher and film director Clarence Ford (producer and choreographer for On the
One: Luminato Funk Festival).

    TELUS Light on Your Feet

    TELUS Light on Your Feet will transform Yonge-Dundas Square into a huge
open-air dance hall, where live bands will take the beat to the street,
celebrating different musical genres each night. Early-evening lessons in
fancy footwork will be offered, making these the ultimate dance parties for
all ages and skill levels.
    The series takes place for the first six nights of Luminato, June 6-11.





For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries about TELUS, please
contact: Allison Vale, TELUS Media Relations, (416) 629-6425,
Allison.Vale@telus.com; For media inquiries about Luminato, please contact:
Laura Erika Barron, Luminato, (416) 368-3100 x.242, lbarron@luminato.com

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