Lua Shayenne


UPCOMING SHOW: KIRA, the path | KIRA, La voie:

Produced by Shayenne Productions and co-presented with LSDC
World Premiere JUNE 6 , 7, 8 -@8PM | Jun 9 @3PM,
Location: The Fleck Dance Theatre
Run Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

KIRA, The Path | La Voie is produced and commissioned by Lua Shayenne (Shayenne Productions) and co-presented with Lua Shayenne Dance Company (LSDC) at this year's Luminato Festival. This production celebrates humanity as one village and its sacred bond to nature. It features a dynamic cast of dancers and percussionists whose evocative chants and powerful drum beats invoke Mother Earth's wisdom and echo her auspicious warning: the invisible cord that links us to her is wasting away. The interpreters are guided by the voices of our ancestors - the guardians of our moral code and spiritual guides. Choreographer and composer Fara Tolno is one of the most influential African artists of this generation, actively increasing the professional recognition of African Dance in North America. He brings an innovative perspective to African dance and music, steeped in his knowledge of Guinean culture.

When did you first think of yourself as an artist?

I don’t remember a specific time but making the choice to attend Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts was a defining moment. I had to choose my path and I made a strong choice.
I never gave myself an option B.

Who helped you develop your voice as an artist?

My mother is certainly the voice of reason in my life. She is an accomplished singer and performer. I really have modelled my career with her advice in mind. She is very patient and giving.
Other mentors that have made a strong impact on my artistry are Debbie Wilson, Erika Batdorf, Fara Tolno, Vincent Mantsoe and Fides Krucker. They are fearless and unapologetically bold.

What’s something that’s inspired you this week?

Hearing the guitar in our upcoming show KIRA opening June 6 to 9 at the Fleck at Luminato. I’ve had a lot of challenges thrown my way this week….when the musicians started to play and we began to sing, all the stress dissipated. I was reminded why I dance and sing. I was overwhelmed with emotion.

What’s your favourite restaurant in the city to visit?

The Rushton in my area is great, KINTON RAMEN has the best Ramen, Amber European Restaurant has by far the best perogies in town. I could go on….I love food. I don’t go out as often though. I prefer cooking at home and going out on special occasions.

What do you want to see more of on Toronto stages?

More shows that reflect the cultural diversity in Toronto.