Dalisa Pigram shares the story behind Gudirr Gudirr

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Gudirr Gudirr runs May 6 to 9 as part of World Stage. Here, the co-artistic director of Marrugeku, Dalisa Pigram, writes about the impetus behind this piece exploring the legacy and future of Australia’s indigenous and immigrant population. When someone looks at me or at anyone, that person begins to make a story. My story is influenced by many things. …

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Asian dance in a contemporary context

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Denise Fujiwara brings the CanAsian Dance Festival to NextSteps, April 30 to May 2. Recently, acclaimed dancer and choreographer Lucy Rupert sat down with Denise and chatted about the upcoming festival. How is the festival curated? We put out an international Call to Artists and then our Selection Committee views all of the submissions. When we meet to do the …

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The SoundClash Music Award Experience: Jessica Stuart

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Jessica Stuart and her band, The Jessica Stuart Few, were semi-finalists in the 2013 SoundClash Music Awards and placed second overall with their unique jazz-pop fusion. Featuring the sound of the Japanese harp, koto, which Jessica learned as a child in Japan, this band is a great example of the diverse and distinctive sounds showcased by the SoundClash Music Awards. Having …

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Happy International Dance Day!

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Harbourfront Centre is thrilled to celebrate a day devoted to the love of dance. We are proud to host so many dance shows and events year-round that allow people in Toronto and beyond to experience groundbreaking performance. To introduce International Dance Day is Luca ‘Lazylegz’ Patuelli, who stresses the importance of dance as an inclusive art form. Read on, and we …

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Q&A with HATCH artists, WIVES on This Is a Costume Drama

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HATCH is a situation where new performance and new audiences encounter one another in the spirit of inquiry. This year, artists participating in the HATCH residency are sharing insight on their projects in relation to the other work playing here at Harbourfront Centre – thinking through and sharing ideas across our performing arts programming. In this post, curator Evan Webber …

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Celebrating five years of the SoundClash Music Awards

This year, Harbourfront Centre presents the fifth edition of the SoundClash Music Awards. To mark the occasion, we’ve given the idea of “letting the city hear your sound” a fresh new take. For this year’s competition, the five finalists will all perform at July’s Party on the Block, a brand-new weekend festival celebrating diverse street cultures from around the world. Hundreds of Toronto-area …

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The ever-changing costumes of human experience

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The Dietrich Group brings This Is a Costume Drama to Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage, April 29 to May 2.  We spoke with dancer Danielle Baskerville about the inspiration behind the show, which explores the question: what do we reveal by dressing up? What is This is a Costume Drama? The essence of This Is A Costume Drama is the exploration of playing …

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Get to know one of the HATCH residents, Amelia Ehrhardt

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HATCH is a situation where new performance and new audiences encounter one another in the spirit of inquiry. This week, dance artist and choreographer Amelia Ehrhardt starts her work at the Studio Theatre. HATCH 11 Curator Evan Webber talked to her about preparation. You’ve been performing a lot as well as teaching – peripatetic, right? I often wonder whether a …

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Esmeralda Enrique’s Letters to Spain

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Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company, currently celebrating its 33rd anniversary, brings Letters to Spain to Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps, April 24 to 26.  We spoke with Esmeralda Enrique to learn more about the upcoming performances. What are you presenting at NextSteps? Letters to Spain is a love letter of sorts from Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company artists. Through our performances, we …

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Get to know HATCH residents, the red light district

HATCH is a situation where new performance and new audiences encounter one another in the spirit of inquiry. The red light district’s ted witzel and Lauren Gillis have worked together a lot. But this time it’s different – they’re sharing the direction of their new project, the marquise of O—. We asked them to say are few words about where they’re …

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