NextSteps

Risky Business: A Journey into the Artistic Unknown

By: Jackie Houghton There is a very negative connotation surrounding the word ‘risk’, but does there have to be? Any journey into unknown territory involves some element of risk. During Circus Sessions, artists come face-to-face with a variety of challenges that present new territory for exploration and growth, and of course, risk-taking. “​A couple years ago I did a workshop and …

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Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company takes audiences on an Iconic Journey, May 5–7

Just over 35 years ago, a young woman from Texas came to Canada after spending 13 years in Spain perfecting her artistry as a flamenco dancer. In 1982, she founded the award-winning Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company (EESDC) as well as the Academy of Spanish Dance, and thus began her journey of cementing her reputation as Canada’s premier flamenco artist. Since …

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NYC’s Jennifer Archibald talks painting movement with CCDT

By Natasha Poon Woo This spring, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre presents Serious Games, a diverse program of contemporary works by esteemed choreographers from Canada and abroad. From the show’s titular Serious Games (David Earle), to 2013’s August (Colin Connor), to an exciting 2017 commission by New York City’s Jennifer Archibald, the program showcases works spanning 20 years of spectacular diversity …

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Martial Arts + Comics for Shay Kuebler’s New Work

Photo: David Cooper DanceWorks presents Radical System Art’s Glory, April 28–29, 2017 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre, as part of NextSteps. In Glory, artistic director Shay Kuebler explores the glorification of violence in media culture. The piece includes a versatile performance language of martial arts, street dance, and contemporary choreography, while integrating film clips, gaming battles, and even lighting tricks. We …

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inDance AD talks South Asian dance, cultural appropriation, collaboration, and Big Macs

DanceWorks presents inDANCE’s Holy Cow(s)!, as part of Harbourfront Centre’s Next Steps Series on March 23–25, 2017 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre. In this interview, Hari Krishnan, Artistic Director of inDANCE, talks South Asian dance, cultural appropriation, collaboration, and Big Macs. DANCEWORKS: The title of the show is Holy Cow(s)! Can you tell us more about this compelling title? HARI: …

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Choreographer Lina Cruz talks creative process and the upcoming world premiere of Ylem (3 Eggs Ago)

Photo by Jeremy Mimnagh DanceWorks presents Throwdown Collective, as part of Next Steps at Harbourfront Centre, from February 9–11, 2017. Comprised of Toronto dance artists Zhenya Cernazocv, Mairéad Filgate, and Brodie Stevenson, Throwdown Collective will perform two trios: the world premiere of Ylem (3 Eggs Ago) commissioned from Montreal choreographer Lina Cruz, and the Collective’s own creation, Various Concert. Here, …

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Call to artists: Circus Sessions 2017

Circus Sessions, May 14–20th, 2017 Produced by Femmes du Feu in partnership with Harbourfront Centre, part of NextSteps 2016/17. Call to artists Circus Sessions – now in it’s third season – is a weeklong creative laboratory and think-tank that offers 12 contemporary circus artists the opportunity to work with internationally renowned UK mentor Sean Gandini at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre. This initiative is open to the …

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DanceWorks presents world premiere works by Yvonne Ng

DanceWorks presents Yvonne Ng/tiger princess dance projects’s In Search of the Holy Chop Suey and Zhong Xin as part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps dance series, November 24–26. DanceWorks spoke with choreographer Yvonne Ng about the upcoming world premieres and her creative process, which included working with the dancers in isolation from each other for the past year. DanceWorks: In your new …

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5 Elements choreographers talk inspiration and process

Little Pear Garden’s 5 Elements features five exciting, emerging choreographers representing diversified dance backgrounds. Watch below as they talk about their sources of inspiration and process of choreography. Don’t miss Five Elements on November 24–26 at Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre. Get your tickets now.

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Pushing Limits on Creation

by Mary-Margaret Scrimger It is every humans dream to fly. And our greatest nightmare to fall. That’s what attracted me to circus: the brief moment of freedom, the weightlessness, and the terror of falling. The circus empire that stretches through history and across the world is based on audiences all knowing these truths. As a performer, it is different. Whether …

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