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The History of Women of the Circus

By Jackie Houghton Circus Sessions, co-produced by Femmes du Feu and Harbourfront Centre, is a week-long creative laboratory supporting the evolution of Canadian contemporary circus. A selection of contemporary circus artists from across Canada and the world will share exciting new ideas, discoveries and collaborations in a memorable performance, May 20–21. “Had I unrestricted choice of friendship with any class …

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Julia Aplin Takes On New Role in Sporting Life, part of NextSteps

Written by Catherine Romano, DanceWorks DanceWorks presents Sporting Life, part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps, opening on March 3 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre. Sporting Life original cast member, Julia Aplin, takes on the role of Rehearsal Director for the remount of the piece. We asked Julia to tell us about meeting Julia Sasso for the first time, and bearing witness …

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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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The story of our universal connection to water

For its 25th anniversary season, Ballet Creole presents Agua Como Vida, featuring the modern and contemporary traditions of artistic director Patrick Parson and associate choreographer Gabby Kamino. Kamino’s background in dance, math and figure skating (she was a World Team Choreographer for Canadian National Figure skating Association and Olympic Competitors) influences and informs her present day work. Agua Como Vida tells the story of …

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The thrill and challenge of making Disabled Theater

Experience a one-of-a-kind performance when Disabled Theater opens March 25 as part of World Stage 2015. French choreographer Jérôme Bel, working with Swiss company Theater HORA, has put together a remarkable piece exploring the possibilities of the stage. A scripted show, featuring a cast of people with intellectual disabilities, Disabled Theater encourages its audience to think about the dynamics of exclusion when it comes to theatre, political correctness …

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Behind-the-scenes with Kaeja d’Dance

In this video, Toronto dance legends Allen and Karen Kaeja of Kaeja d’Dance give us a sneak peak at the pieces they will be performing as part of their 25th Anniversary Season at Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps, March 24 to 28. It’s been a while since Allen has appeared in Karen’s work — watch the video to find out just how …

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Forcier/Norman: When parallel paths converge

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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Disabled Theater: an open call for participants

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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