World Stage 2014

Join our virtual 40th birthday party! Tune in to The Tale of Harbourfront Centre.

The Tale of Harbourfront Centre brings archives, interviews and forgotten tales to centre stage – an ironic play on performance. Theatre and media company FIXT POINT, led by Lisa Marie DiLiberto and Charles Ketchabaw, have captured the collective community memory of our site and the millions of people who have experienced it over the last 40 years. 

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Ad Letter: The Speedy

The 2014 World Stage season draws to a close this week with The Speedy, a world premiere Fresh Ground new works commission. The performance/installation tells the (true) story of The HMS Speedy, a schooner that sank in our very own Lake Ontario some 200 years ago.

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Shipwreck, murder and magic on Lake Ontario

On 7 October 1804, amidst concerns about an incoming snow storm, which is a common Canadian concern, and the condition of the ship itself, the HMS Speedy departed York (the name of Old Toronto until 1834) on what would be its last voyage. The ship’s sinking changed the course of Canadian history, primarily because it was carrying six handwritten copies of the new Constitution of Upper Canada; however, UnSpun Theatre’s latest production tells us that there was more that drowned in Lake Ontario that day. Lives, secrets and injustices went down with the ship, all of which are explored in the company’s latest The Speedy, which is the the final show in the 2014 World Stage Season.

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AD Letter: Mies Julie

The second last World Stage performance of the season, Mies Julie, runs May 6-10 here at Harbourfront Centre. One of the most sought-after touring productions in the world, this award-winning show has been described as a benchmark of excellence by The Telegraph.

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Conte d’amour: an experience like no other

“Extreme experimentation . . . tremendously well performed.” – Le Monde The collaboration between the Swedish, Finnish and German artists who devised Conte d’amour produced the image of a frighteningly familiar monster – the one in the nightmarish figures of Josef Fritzl and Ariel Castro. Next week, as part of World Stage, audiences will get to experience a piece that we guarantee, …

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Celebrate World Theatre Day with a great BOGO deal

What better way to celebrate our global theatre community, than by offering a great deal on some amazing performance? On March 27 we will have a 48 hour window to buy one get one free on tickets to Conte d’amour (Love story) — part of the 2014 World Stage seasonSimply use the promo code “TheatreDay”, and you and a friend (or special friend) will get to experience one of the most talked about performances at the world’s most prestigious arts festivals.

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AD Letter: Conte d’amour

The visual artist Markus Öhrn’s second collaboration with the Finnish Collective Nya Rampen and the Swedish Collective Institutet in Berlin, Conte d’amour, is coming to World Stage April 1. This is your chance to catch one of the most talked about performances at the world’s most prestigious arts festivals.

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Conte d’amour: experiencing extreme love

“Extreme experimentation . . . tremendously well performed.” – Le Monde With Conte d’amour, visual artist-turned-theatre-maker Markus Öhrn has made a harrowing spectacle of desire and control. Rendered in searing imagery, resolutely treading the border of love and horror, Conte d’amour approaches a universal language that is as believable as it is unthinkable. Not unlike when we presented The Wooster …

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AD Letter: EUNOIA

Dancer and choreographer Denise Fujiwara, AD of Fujiwara Dance Inventions, and World Stage present the world premiere of the acclaimed EUNOIA this week at Harbourfront Centre. The piece — which has been five years in the making — is an adaptation of Griffin Poetry Prize-winner Christian Bök’s celebrated poem of the same name. Below is a message from World Stage artistic director, Tina Rasmussen. Consider it a warm up.

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Denise Fujiwara brings Christian Bök’s Eunoia to life

It took acclaimed writer Christian Bök seven years to complete his poetic masterpiece Eunoia — a five-chapter anthology that consists of univocalics (using one vowel per chapter).

Denise Fujiwara, artistic director of Fujiwara Dance Inventions, was first introduced to the book when her husband brought it home. She was instantly intrigued and decided that it would be an extremely interesting score to a dance piece. With Christian’s blessing, Denise and her dancers embarked on a five-year process, culminating into a 65-minute show that’s premiering at World Stage this month.

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