Ziya Azazi: Playing with fire on the WestJet Stage

Ziya Azazi, winner of the “2011 He Blew Me Out of the Water” by the Globe and Mail’s Paula Citron, returned to the CanAsian Dance Festival, part of the 2013 NextSteps season, for his second time this past weekend with his latest performance Ember: Trapped in Fire. The piece, representative of the pain that individuals feel knowing that death is unavoidable, has been performed around the world, including the 2012 London Paralympics Opening Ceremony, International Ethno Art Festival in Bulgaria, and Vienna’s ImPulsTanz Festival.

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Five reasons to take your kids to Laura’s Cow: The Legend of Laura Secord

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After witnessing last year’s world premiere of Laura’s Cow: The Legend of Laura Secord, my youngest daughter auditioned for the Canadian Children’s Opera Company. This year she’s in the chorus, on stage with 200 kids, dancing and belting out the story of Canada’s iconic heroine. This is definitely not your average kids’ school concert. The Canadian Children’s Opera Company is the only permanent children’s opera company in Canada. In the months leading up to the show, kids rehearse at least three days a week and take voice lessons.

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Alice Nelson brings shadow puppetry to HarbourKIDS

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My name is Alice Nelson and I’m a theatre artist coming to do a shadow puppetry workshop at HarbourKIDS. I make a living through acting, directing, playwriting, stilt-walking, puppetry, clown, mask making and creating plays with kids!
I did my training at an amazing school called Dell’Arte Physical Theatre School. It’s kind of like ‘Hogwarts for actors’. I compare it to Hogwarts because it’s right in the middle of the redwood forests. The redwoods are incredible trees, averaging a height of 200 feet (61 meters)! It feels like the school is in the middle of a magical forest. While I was there, my program required me to create magic all day…. that is to say, use my imagination to create stories onstage with other artists. Through creating a world onstage, we were able to make the audience believe in the unbelievable. I like to think we were getting our wizard training.

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What is winter in Canada?

For the final HATCH presentation, multidisciplinary Winterreise Collective is exploring Franz Schubert’s celebrated song cycle through the personal lens of the diverse Canadian experience. Part concert, part play, part dance and part memoir, Winterreise Projekt weaves the classic and the contemporary, the public and the private, into a distinctly Canadian tapestry of winter.

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A world-class festival presenting dance inspired by Asian ideas and expressions

In association with Harbourfront Centre, CanAsian Dance is bringing the CanAsian International Dance Festival to our 2013 NextSteps season. A combination of performances, matinees, films and workshops that reflect dance traditions from across Asia.

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Still Standing You wraps World Stage in a bromantic embrace

Pieter Ampe & Guilherme Garrido took male bonding to a whole other level Tuesday night in their World Stage debut of Still Standing You. Using their bodies as instruments to shamelessly seek out what they mean to each other, no physical or emotional stone was left unturned. Still Standing You is unique, startling, hilarious and physically intense. So physically intense, actually, that Pieter and Guilherme can only perform the piece, at the most, two consecutive days in a row.

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SPOILER ALERT! Katie McMillan on why you should read this *after* seeing Still Standing You

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Not if, but when you go to see Still Standing You, and then leave the theatre wide-eyed, muttering “what just happened,” you will be exhibiting a justified and completely understandable response to the work. Seriously. That reaction may actually be an enormous compliment to the creators of Still Standing You, as the artistic genre they exemplify seeks to un-write cognitive processes.

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9 Loons: Constructing Our Future

Walk down almost any street in Toronto and you’re bound to run into a construction site. Toronto is actually the number one city in the world right now in terms of condo development. Eventual Ashes’ latest piece, 9 Loons, looks at the art of condo buying and the types of dreams people have about real estate ownership. 9 Loons asks: With all …

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Still Standing You: Exploring the complexity of friendship

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According to Wikipedia — that omnipresent font of all things vernacular — the term “bromance” was coined by the editor of a magazine centered on skateboard culture to name the latently heterosexual, though intensely romantic, relationships that often develop between straight men. The term has become de rigueur in the current pop-cultural moment: at its best, it’s a good-natured admission of the genuinely romantic feelings that develop in non-sexual circumstances (a 21st century rebranding of 1970s “male bonding”).

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Zeke Moores: Finding beauty in the everyday

Windsor-based visual artist Zeke Moores uses sculpture to explore the social and political economies of everyday objects and our complex relationship with them. As part of the Visual Arts Spring Exhibitions, Zeke joins seven artists whose works comment on consumerism, social mores and the dialogue between the functional, decorative and art object. Within the exhibition, entitled RE: POSITION, Zeke is displaying a collection …

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