Arabesque re-emerges with a world debut

After a long year of what the company describes as “inward exploration”, Arabesque Dance Company is back with Sawah — an arabic name meaning a “traveller” or “wanderer” — an epic presentation featuring 20 musicians and 20 dancers. This new work is a brave mash-up of Arab and Western cultures, combining a sense of tradition with a modern flare. Known for always delivering high energy performances, Arabesque, formed in 1992, definitely has a reputation for leaving fans wanting more. With Bravo TV describing them as having “taken Bellydance to another level “, it’s easy to understand why you should grab tickets for this show while you can.

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dance Immersion returns with Expressions…Now

dance Immersion, who presented Celebrating Our Men in Dance (Canada’s finest male choreographers) earlier this year, are returning April 4-5 with Expressions…Now, a showcase —  curated by artistic director Vivine Scarlett — featuring two breathtaking companies presenting a myriad dance expressions informed by their own personal evolvement in dance.

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The 2014 HATCH season is almost underway

We are just a couple of weeks away from the first presentation of the 2014 HATCH season. Under the guidance of Guest Curators, Michael Wheeler and Aislinn Rose of Praxis Theatre, this season’s focus is on the meeting of performance and online technology.

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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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Jonzi D and Open Art Surgery come to Toronto

Next week, as part of NextSteps, Break it Down and Breakin’ Convention — in partnership with Harbourfront Centre — will be presenting the first Open Art Surgery outside of the UK. Open Art Surgery is a unique week long residency for street dancers, led by British hip-hop figure Jonzi D, that ends with a public showing and open forum discussion.

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Happy World Day of Theatre for Children and Youth

Today we join with artists, arts workers, and audiences all over the world to celebrate theatre for young people. At HarbourKIDS, we see children as sovereign consumers of culture. We’re not “building the audiences of tomorrow”. Kids are OUR audience TODAY. And while HarbourKIDS is a multi-disciplinary programme, the performing arts are a hugely important part of what we do.

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A body of possibilities: Body Percussion Festival comes to NextSteps

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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