Morro & Jasp: Go Bake Yourself

Join Morro and Jasp, sister clowns, for their family friendly cooking show, Go Bake Yourself. What to expect? Morro insists it’s going to be a competition but Jasp completely disagrees as she hopes to earn a man’s heart through cooking.

Jasp and Morro are the 2012 Dora Award Winner for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble and Lauren Gillett from Theatromania insists this show will be “a guaranteed recipe for fun”.

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Sneaking a peek: Katie McMillan on Public Recordings’ latest world premiere


Last week I had the opportunity to catch a sneak-peek of the upcoming Public Recordings premiere of what we are saying. The work is complex and speaks to a number of relevant conversations regarding performance and social relationships in the here and now. What follows is just a few (of many) issues that this creation brings into focus.

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World Stage artistic director Tina Rasmussen discusses Hotel Modern’s KAMP

Hotel Modern’s theatrical re-imagining of the horrifying events that unfolded in Auschwitz mixes theatre, music, video, sculpture and puppetry into a performance that features thousands of eight-centimetre-tall handmade figurines within an enormous scale model of the camp. A small camera is used to film and project the story onto a screen, which is like “watching a grainy newsreel, an animated …

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Kaeja d’Dance: hyper-physical, sensual and raw


Kaeja d’Dance is one of Canada’s longest standing contemporary dance companies, founded by husband and wife duo, Allen and Karen Kaeja. They are involved in film, stage, education, and outreach programs that explore and promote dance with audiences internationally. They have won numerous awards around the world for their work and most recently was awarded Canada’s inaugural national 2012 Canadian Dance Assembly ‘I Love Dance’ Community Award.

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World Stage artistic director Tina Rasmussen discusses Ame Henderson/Public Recordings’ what we are saying

Ame Henderson is no stranger to World Stage. In 2010, her company, Public Recordings, premiered relay, a performance that blurred the often hard-and-fast line between audience and performer.

Pushing off from relay, what we are saying expands Public Recordings’ experimental repertoire using language and movement to explore the possibility of a leaderless togetherness. A huge room filled with chairs is the obstacle necessitating a unified strategy from the performers and the audience. How we do it is everyone’s guess.

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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


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


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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