Forcier/Norman: When parallel paths converge

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Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps, in partnership with DanceWorks, is thrilled to present the world premiere of DW210: Marie France Forcier and Tracey Norman’s Scars are All the Rage/what goes between, March 12 to 14. We sat down with the duo to talk about their upcoming performances. Why are you showing your work together as part of the same bill? The original …

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Falling Is Not An Option: The Art of Balancing

Circus Luminous at the Lensic Theater Open Dress Rehearsal

Circus Sessions is produced by Femmes du Feu with artistic partners CCAFT. It is a weeklong creative laboratory and think-tank for 15 Canadian and international contemporary circus artists. Fred Deb, an aerial circus artist from France, will mentor and guide the artists through the creative process. This initiative spans the five families of circus: Aerial, Acrobatics, Balancing, Object Manipulation and …

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vox:lumen, a historic experiment in staging sustainability

As World Stage artistic director Tina Rasmussen explains in the video above, vox:lumen began as a casual conversation between herself, colleague Lynanne Sparrow and choreographer William Yong, of Zata Omm Dance Projects. But that conversation turned into something history-making: the first Canadian dance/theatre experiment in staging sustainability at this scale. Yong had been ruminating on the ways dance, technology, energy supplies and the …

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See the light at vox:lumen

In vox:lumen, the world premiere of a new contemporary performance piece by choreographer William Yong of Zata Omm Dance Projects, dancers are illuminated by energy generated from their own movement, renewable sources and the audience. It’s the biggest experiment staging sustainability in Canadian dance/theatre history, and is made possible by the multi-year partnerships with Harbourfront Centre, York University and Aesthetec …

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Disabled Theater: an open call for participants

Photo: Kevin Lee and SIFA (Singapore International Festival of Arts)

On March 25 through March 28, Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage will present the Canadian premiere of Disabled Theater, a collaborative piece developed by French choreographer Jérôme Bel and the artists of Zürich’s Theater HORA. Theater HORA promotes and presents the work of people with intellectual disabilities, and as a part of this presentation the company will lead a five-day workshop for local …

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In Conversation with Sylvain Émard


On February 28 Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps, in partnership with DanceWorks, is proud to present Sylvain Émard Danse’s critically acclaimed production, Ce n’est pas la fin du monde (It’s not the end of the world). The Quebec-based company is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and Sylvain Émard gave us some insight into this milestone, as well as the piece being presented …

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Don’t be sheepish – celebrate the Lunar New Year

LunarFest - Dragon Dancers 1 - Photo Credit ACSEA

Fun fact: Did you know that traditional Lunar New Year celebrations last for fifteen days! To ensure we are a part of this two week long celebration we, in partnership with Asian Canadian Special Events Association, are hosting our annual LunarFest ten days into the fifteen-day tradition, February 28-March 1. This memorable and lunarlicious two-day festival is infused with the …

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Unpacking the Canadian Premiere of The Object Lesson


Every bubble needs a bit of air. Welcome to World Stage 2015 and another season of international contemporary performance. You’ve seen the line-up, now let World Stage artistic director Tina Rasmussen explain, in-depth, the story and context behind her curatorial choices. Here she talks about Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson which, fresh off a sold out run at BAM, opens …

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Questions: On Kleist and Heti


HATCH is a situation where new performance and new audiences encounter one another in the spirit of inquiry. This year, artists participating in the HATCH residency are sharing insight on their projects in relation to the other work playing here at Harbourfront Centre – thinking through and sharing ideas across our performing arts programming.

In this post, curator Evan Webber asks Ted Witzel and Lauren Gillis, also known as the red light district to share their thoughts on the World Stage co-production of All Our Happy Days Are Stupid written by Sheila Heti.

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Making a Winter Wonderland: A Q&A with the HarbourKIDS programmer

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This long weekend, bundle up in your warmest woolies, tug on some boots, pack your skates and a thermos and come on down for the HarbourKIDS Skating Festival, running February 15 to 16. An annual Family Day celebration, the HarbourKIDS Skating Festival will be filled with lots of outdoor and indoor programming for kids and grown-ups alike. Want to know …

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