World Stage

Six Harbourfront Centre shows nominated for the 2016 Dora Awards

The nominees for the 2016 Dora Awards have been announced and we are thrilled that six shows from our 2015-16 performing arts programmes were nominated. With four from NextSteps and two from World Stage, the ten total nominations include: Outstanding Touring Production, Outstanding Performance – Ensemble and Outstanding Performance – Male, among others. Harbourfront Centre is also proud to host …

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A World Beyond Our Senses

Steer is a part of the 2016 World Stage season and performances will take place from May 11 – 14 at the Fleck Dance Theatre. William Yong is the choreographer and performer of Steer as well as the artistic director of Zata Omm. We had the chance to speak with William about Steer’s origins, his work with Zata Omm and …

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Germinal creates a world on stage

Many are familiar with Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert’s now-classic novel of a woman longing for escape from her provincial life. The tragedy of the novel stems from Emma Bovary’s active imagination and her disconnect from reality: Because of the dullness of her life, Emma habitually romanticizes wealth and love, a conflict that drives her to debt, an adulterous affair, and ultimately …

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Students respond to STRAIGHT WHITE MEN at World Stage

September is here and school is back in session. To help you adjust to the academic mindset, have a read over these two brilliant essays from University of Toronto students Christopher Geary and Clara Osei-Yeboah. After seeing STRAIGHT WHITE MEN close the World Stage 2015 season, they wrote papers on the performance for their drama and literature course. Clara examines signifiers of …

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Young Jean Lee: Thinking like a man

By Dylan Schoenmakers The latest play by the unstoppable Young Jean Lee, concluding the World Stage 2015 season from June 3-6, announces itself as brashly as its subject might: STRAIGHT WHITE MEN. In an age where ‘privilege’ seems to be a prevalent cultural concern, what three words could be more synonymous with the group who most profit by and disregard …

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Dalisa Pigram shares the story behind Gudirr Gudirr

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

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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The ever-changing costumes of human experience

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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Me So You So Me: A hyperkinetic, manga-influenced dance duet

World Stage is thrilled to welcome for the first time the vanguards of Vancouver’s richly innovative dance scene, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, to the Harbourfront Centre Theatre for the four-night engagement of Me So You So Me. This virtuosic creation of David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen floats over a raw, toy-box like score, composed by Japanese experimental percussionist Asa Chang. …

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The thrill and challenge of making Disabled Theater

Experience a one-of-a-kind performance when Disabled Theater opens March 25 as part of World Stage 2015. French choreographer Jérôme Bel, working with Swiss company Theater HORA, has put together a remarkable piece exploring the possibilities of the stage. A scripted show, featuring a cast of people with intellectual disabilities, Disabled Theater encourages its audience to think about the dynamics of exclusion when it comes to theatre, political correctness …

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