Toronto’s Civic Theatres announce new season

Among the highlights is ‘salt,’ about playwright Selina Thompson’s cargo ship journey along transatlantic slave routes.

In the play "salt," U.K. artist Selina Thompson recounts her journey by cargo ship along transatlantic slave trade routes. (COURTESY CIVIC THEATRES TORONTO)

A 60th-anniversary visit from Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, an award-winning British play about the slave trade and a homemade work that celebrates the bicycle are among the offerings from Civic Theatres Toronto in 2018-19.

The theatres, which include the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts and the Toronto Centre for the Arts, present a vast range of entertainment, including music, dance, theatre, cabaret and circus shows.

Among the highlights is a visit from the Alvin Ailey company to the Sony Centre in February 2019, bringing Revelations, the work considered its masterpiece, back to Toronto.

Other dance presentations include Ballet BC, visiting Toronto for the first time in almost a decade; Australia’s Circa, the Batsheva Dance CompanyEifman Ballet and Indigenous choreographer Daina Ashbee.

The theatre productions include salt by Selina Thompson, winner of the Stage Edinburgh Award, at the Toronto Centre for the Arts in February 2019. It traces Thompson’s journey by cargo ship on the transatlantic routes of the slave trade from the U.K. to Uganda and Jamaica.