World Stage 2015

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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Amelia Ehrhardt thinks about manipulation in Disabled Theater

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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vox:lumen, a historic experiment in staging sustainability

As World Stage artistic director Tina Rasmussen explains in the video above, vox:lumen began as a casual conversation between herself, colleague Lynanne Sparrow and choreographer William Yong, of Zata Omm Dance Projects. But that conversation turned into something history-making: the first Canadian dance/theatre experiment in staging sustainability at this scale. Yong had been ruminating on the ways dance, technology, energy supplies and the …

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See the light at vox:lumen

In vox:lumen, the world premiere of a new contemporary performance piece by choreographer William Yong of Zata Omm Dance Projects, dancers are illuminated by energy generated from their own movement, renewable sources and the audience. It’s the biggest experiment staging sustainability in Canadian dance/theatre history, and is made possible by the multi-year partnerships with Harbourfront Centre, York University and Aesthetec …

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Disabled Theater: an open call for participants

On March 25 through March 28, Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage will present the Canadian premiere of Disabled Theater, a collaborative piece developed by French choreographer Jérôme Bel and the artists of Zürich’s Theater HORA. Theater HORA promotes and presents the work of people with intellectual disabilities, and as a part of this presentation the company will lead a five-day workshop for local …

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