contemporary dance


By: Natasha Poon Woo, Rehearsal Director of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT) This past October I had the honour of accompanying 14 of our young company dancers and apprentices to New York City, where CCDT proudly took to The Joyce Theater’s stage to perform excerpts from The Winged at the José Limón International Dance Festival. We were the youngest troupe …

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Day of Dance at Planet IndigenUS

Every three years Harbourfront Centre co-hosts the largest Indigenous festival in Canada to bring you a diverse range of First Nations music, dance and art by over 300 artists. We are pleased to reintroduce you to Planet IndigenUS, a celebration designed to raise public awareness and break stereotypes in an entertaining and informative atmosphere. If you are looking for a …

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Kick Up Your Heels with artistic associate Bridget Love

At the Kick Up Your Heels festival, July 3-5, we invite you to explore a diverse range of dance forms through interactive performances, workshops and participatory classes! From Latin to hip-hop, line dance to contemporary, discover movement from some of Canada’s leading dance artists paired with live music. We asked Harbourfront Centre artistic associate Bridget Love about the inspiration behind …

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Dance with a Canadian legend, this summer at Camps

Harbourfront Centre Camps is thrilled to present a special Senior Dance intensive with acclaimed dancer, director and choreographer Belinda McGuire. Belinda began her life as a dancer with Toronto’s own Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and later went on to receive a BFA from The Juilliard School. Her work has received critical accolades from across the globe. Harbourfront Centre recently chatted with …

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CCDT returns to the Fleck Dance Theatre — and they’ve brought friends

The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT) is back with Space Interrupted, which runs May 29-31 at the Fleck Dance Theatre. It’s a programme of four different, yet connected, pieces.For the first time in many years, Deborah Lundmark, co-founder, artistic director and resident choreographer, will be dancing with the corps. We chatted with Michael de Coninck Smith, CCDT’s co-founder, managing director and tour manager, to …

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Beyond space and time with Sampradaya Dance Creations

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Sampradaya Dance Creations brings nirantara – beyond space and time to Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps from May 21 to 23.  We spoke with Lata Pada, Sampradaya’s founder and artistic director, to learn more about the upcoming performances and the company’s longevity. Could you describe the performance, nirantara – beyond space and time,that you’re presenting as part of NextSteps? This …

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Dalisa Pigram shares the story behind Gudirr Gudirr

Gudirr Gudirr runs May 6 to 9 as part of World Stage. Here, the co-artistic director of Marrugeku, Dalisa Pigram, writes about the impetus behind this piece exploring the legacy and future of Australia’s indigenous and immigrant population. When someone looks at me or at anyone, that person begins to make a story. My story is influenced by many things. …

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Asian dance in a contemporary context

Denise Fujiwara brings the CanAsian Dance Festival to NextSteps, April 30 to May 2. Recently, acclaimed dancer and choreographer Lucy Rupert sat down with Denise and chatted about the upcoming festival. How is the festival curated? We put out an international Call to Artists and then our Selection Committee views all of the submissions. When we meet to do the …

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Happy International Dance Day!

Harbourfront Centre is thrilled to celebrate a day devoted to the love of dance. We are proud to host so many dance shows and events year-round that allow people in Toronto and beyond to experience groundbreaking performance. To introduce International Dance Day is Luca ‘Lazylegz’ Patuelli, who stresses the importance of dance as an inclusive art form. Read on, and we …

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The ever-changing costumes of human experience

The Dietrich Group brings This Is a Costume Drama to Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage, April 29 to May 2.  We spoke with dancer Danielle Baskerville about the inspiration behind the show, which explores the question: what do we reveal by dressing up? What is This is a Costume Drama? The essence of This Is A Costume Drama is the exploration of playing …

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