artistic development

No Flat City: Darren Rigo

No Flat City, the new large-scale photography exhibition, opening June 20th at Harbourfront Centre, brings a deliberate focus to the city’s surprising topography and land formations and dispels this illusion of flatness with extensive examinations of ravines and valleys, escarpments and moraines. As mentioned in our introductory post, we’ll be chatting with the six artists responsible for producing the exhibition as we …

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Shipwreck, murder and magic on Lake Ontario

On 7 October 1804, amidst concerns about an incoming snow storm, which is a common Canadian concern, and the condition of the ship itself, the HMS Speedy departed York (the name of Old Toronto until 1834) on what would be its last voyage. The ship’s sinking changed the course of Canadian history, primarily because it was carrying six handwritten copies of the new Constitution of Upper Canada; however, UnSpun Theatre’s latest production tells us that there was more that drowned in Lake Ontario that day. Lives, secrets and injustices went down with the ship, all of which are explored in the company’s latest The Speedy, which is the the final show in the 2014 World Stage Season.

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Digital BlackBox present the final Hatch show of the season

The Studio Theatre has been transformed into a motion capture technology hub this week as Digital BlackBox rehearses for the final Hatch presentation of 2014, Faster Than Night. Be sure to come down to Harbourfront Centre this Saturday May 3rd at 2pm or 8pm to see this novel melding of live performance and 3-D animation.

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BroadFish: examining our obsession with Fairy Tales, magic and weddings

Award winning actor writer and producer Melissa D’Agostino is in the Studio Theatre this week preparing for the public presentation of her new work BroadFish this Saturday April 19th at 8pm as part of HATCH 2014. BroadFish is a live theatre experiment that integrates folktales, music, improvisation and motion pictures to explore the thin line between reality and fantasy, relationships and romance, and the power of myth in our everyday lives.

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FRESH BLOOD 2014: Sarain Carson-Fox

As part of FRESH BLOOD 2014, choreographer Sarain Carson-Fox presents The Missing, which is an excerpt from a larger piece entitled The Red Road Block. In a recently released video blog, Sarain gives context to the piece, and discusses the inspirations behind it.

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FRESH BLOOD 2014: Lisa Emmons

Now in its fifth year, FRESH BLOOD 2014 features innovative and exciting works by emerging Canadian contemporary choreographers. One of this year’s choreographers is Lisa Emmons with her piece Boy Q. Below is what she had to say about the process of creating her new work.

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FRESH BLOOD 2014: Corrie Sakaluk

My piece explores the overwhelming emotions that arise when I am absorbing the disturbing contents of the daily news, and how to collectively survive and transcend this onslaught, transforming negativity into resilience, balance, and connection. If you, too, ever find yourself disheartened and depressed by the mainstream daily news – this piece is for YOU!

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Meet the dancers of ProArteDanza before they take centre stage this Wednesday!

As many of you already know, we’re stoked for Wednesday night’s dance premiere at Harbourfront Centre. Why? Because ProArteDanza opens their show, Season 2013 at the Fleck Dance Theatre and we think it’s going to be stellar! With opening night just two sleeps away, we thought it might be nice for all of you to learn a little somethin’ somethin’ …

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Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre ends our NextSteps season with Vector[s]

For NextSteps’ final series, we welcome Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT) to Harbourfront Centre. CCDT is an award winning contemporary company, residing in downtown Toronto, that have performed internationally. They’re a modern dance repertory company for dancers under 20 years of age who want the chance to discover what the life of a professional dancer will entail.

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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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