ArtHaus: Launching our 2017 season in style

It was three cheers for Harbourfront Centre last week as guests joined board members and staff for a captivating evening at the inaugural ArtHaus fundraising gala. Taking place at Toronto’s prestigious Shangri-La Hotel, ArtHaus offered guests a sneak peek of what they could expect in our upcoming 2017 season, Sounds of Home. Dressed in their best creative attire, guests were …

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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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Behind the scenes at ProArteDanza’s Season 2016

ProArteDanza’s Season 2016 hits the Fleck Dance Theatre, November 16–19. Read what audiences had to say about this upcoming NextSteps performance. St. Catharines “incredible, captivating” “wonderful choreography – loved the show” “you all rocked it!” “a perfect mix of beauty, creativity, athleticism, and feeling” Oakville “Pro Arte Danza should be seen by everyone.” “…intoxicating” “I’ve seen hundreds of shows in my life, …

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The JOE Project, co-production with Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault

Older & Reckless, part of NextSteps, offers a unique opportunity for amateurs (or non-professionals) to learn and perform a contemporary dance piece as part of the programming. Since 2012, every O&R season has included a community performance project, offering participants a new appreciation of contemporary dance by jumping into the act. They get to flex their muscles – and their creative muscles, too, in the process of …

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Catching up with the magnificent Older & Reckless artists

We asked the Older & Reckless artists some questions leading up to their upcoming performances at NextSteps, presented in association with Harbourfront Centre, November 11 & 12. Here are a few selected responses. You can find all of the Q&As with the O&R artists on the MOonhORsE website. And don’t miss the video below for a sneak peak at the magnificent Older …

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Just over a week until PRALAYA!

With just over a week left until the world premiere of our newest production PRALAYA, we at Sampradaya Dance Creations can feel the excitement mounting in our studios. From rehearsal schedules to costume trials to set and light designs, we have put on our creative and production hats. Two of our principal dancers, Atri Nundy and Nithya Garg travelled to Bali this past …

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Thoughts on Day of the Dead from our programmer, Alex Bordokas

Remembering those who have passed is an act of reverence that is manifested in many different cultures across the globe. In our pocket of Euro-North American popular culture, Day of the Dead—or Día de Muertos in Spanish (sometimes Día de los Muertos)— is drawn from the Mexican celebration, replete with images of La Calavera Catrina, sugar skulls decorated with colourful …

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This is the winter you Learn to Skate

It’s that time of year again when the crisp winter air is filled with the swish-swoosh sounds of blades criss-crossing paths across the ice in excitement. The sight of families, bundled in toques, toasty mittens and warm scarves, complete the picture as they make their way across the rink, well on their way to mastering this timeless winter tradition. Harbourfront …

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Call for Proposals – Power Youth: Artists-in Residence 2017

CALL FOR PROPOSALS The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (TPP) seeks proposals for creative projects that provide meaningful engagement between youth in priority neighbourhoods and contemporary artists for whom community engagement is central to their practice. TPP’s Power Youth program, an extension of our mandate, delivers contemporary art programming for youth ages 11 to17 in partnership with St. Alban’s Boys …

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DanceWorks Interviews Wen Wei Wang

Made in China is an interdisciplinary performance uniting the talents of four creators/performers whose contemporary art practices have been influenced by China’s Cultural Revolution. Three of the artists, Wen Wei Wang (Artistic Director, Wen Wei Dance); Yanjinzi Gao (Artistic Director, Beijing Modern Dance Company); and Qiu Xia He (Musician, Silk Road Music) grew up in China and studied traditional arts …

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