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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

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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

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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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A Q&A with HarbourKIDS programmer, Allison Cummings

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The Toronto International Circus Festival is coming up soon! On Victoria Day weekend, May 16-18, HarbourKIDS and Zero Gravity Circus will team up to bring a weekend full of family-friendly circus-themed fun to our lakeshore site. We asked HarbourKIDS programmer Allison Cummings what families can expect from the weekend-long celebration of all things fun. Tell us about this year’s HarbourKIDS: …

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Asian dance in a contemporary context

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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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The SoundClash Music Award Experience: Jessica Stuart

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Jessica Stuart and her band, The Jessica Stuart Few, were semi-finalists in the 2013 SoundClash Music Awards and placed second overall with their unique jazz-pop fusion. Featuring the sound of the Japanese harp, koto, which Jessica learned as a child in Japan, this band is a great example of the diverse and distinctive sounds showcased by the SoundClash Music Awards. Having …

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The ever-changing costumes of human experience

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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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Get to know one of the HATCH residents, Amelia Ehrhardt

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HATCH is a situation where new performance and new audiences encounter one another in the spirit of inquiry. This week, dance artist and choreographer Amelia Ehrhardt starts her work at the Studio Theatre. HATCH 11 Curator Evan Webber talked to her about preparation. You’ve been performing a lot as well as teaching – peripatetic, right? I often wonder whether a …

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Esmeralda Enrique’s Letters to Spain

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Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company, currently celebrating its 33rd anniversary, brings Letters to Spain to Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps, April 24 to 26.  We spoke with Esmeralda Enrique to learn more about the upcoming performances. What are you presenting at NextSteps? Letters to Spain is a love letter of sorts from Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company artists. Through our performances, we …

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The story of our universal connection to water

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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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