A body of possibilities: Body Percussion Festival comes to NextSteps

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March 28-30 the inaugural Body Percussion Festival — featuring dance, voice and movement arts that create rhythm through the body — is coming to our NextSteps season. Curated by Viv Moore, the festival features performances by local, national and international artists such as Keith Terry, SlapJazzDanny and Kerry Fletcher and NextSteps affiliate Esmeralda Enrique celebrating all the ways the body makes music. Only one constraint — absolutely no recorded music allowed.

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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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Circle of Bricks: a tribute to a teacher

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Rina Singha, at the age of 76, continues to dazzle as she pays tribute to her guru, Shambhu Maharaj, with Circle of Bricks – part of our NextSteps season. Artistic Director of Rina Singha Kathak Dance Organization, Rina has had an extraordinary career as a solo Kathak performer and choreographer spanning upwards of five decades. This production, which also features The Tower, a contemporary retelling of the story of Babel, runs March 20-22.

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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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Independent G.T.A. musicians: we want to hear from you


For three seasons we’ve been giving some of the hottest up and coming Toronto talent the opportunity to grace our stages to clash for cash and other prizes. For a fourth season we’re once again calling on (unsigned) G.T.A. music artists to submit music for their shot at the title of SoundClash winner, joining past shortlisted artists like Miles Jones, Rich Kidd, OPOPO, LAL, Progress, Gyles and Kids & Explosions (among others). With $10,000 in cash/prizes — and the opportunity to play a set on the WestJet stage during our annual Hot & Spicy Food Festival — on the line, we’re looking for artists who are ready to bring it.

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Denise Fujiwara shares her thoughts on The Big Idea: Legacy


Denise is the choreographer and visionary behind Fujiwara Dance Inventions. Her adaptation of Christian Bök’s Eunoia has its world premiere on March 19 as part of World Stage. Here are Denise’s thoughts on The Big Idea: Legacy.

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Kalanidhi Fine Arts of Canada: 25 years of dance innovation


Sudha Khandwani, Artistic Director of Kalanidhi Fine Arts of Canada, is North America’s first and only presenter of international festivals and symposia of Indian dance and has consistently — over the last 25 years — brought to Toronto, a wide variety of classical and contemporary works from around the world and Canada. She celebrates this history next week at Harbourfront Centre with an international dance festival and symposium celebrating New Directions in Indian Dance. This year, they have one of their most exciting line-ups yet, with pieces from multiple award-winning choreographers including her sister, Menaka Thakkar of the Menaka Thakkar Dance CompanyJanak Khendry, Nova Bhattacharya & Louis Laberge-Côté — who are no strangers to our NextSteps season.

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The Four Seasons: dissecting the cycle of life


Kevin O’Day and Robert Glumbek present their new duet, The Four Seasonsthis week as part of our NextSteps dance season. Presented by DanceWorks, it’s a personal piece that depicts two middle-aged men pondering the cycle of life and its various stages – blossoming, standing still, looking back and letting go. It premiered in Manheim in Spring 2013 and this week Toronto audiences will have a chance to experience it for themselves.

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Jack Diamond shares his thoughts on The Big Idea: Legacy

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Jack Diamond has practiced architecture since 1968 and is recognized for his astute interpretation of site and context across a wide range of award-winning building types, from civic and residential to performing arts and academic projects. He is part of the exhibit team for Bridgepoint Active Healthcare: The Reinvention Of A Hospital, which is currently on exhibition as part of our Architecture Exhibition Winter 2014. Here are Jack’s thoughts on The Big Idea: Legacy.

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Denise Fujiwara brings Christian Bök’s Eunoia to life

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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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