Germinal creates a world on stage

Many are familiar with Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert’s now-classic novel of a woman longing for escape from her provincial life. The tragedy of the novel stems from Emma Bovary’s active imagination and her disconnect from reality: Because of the dullness of her life, Emma habitually romanticizes wealth and love, a conflict that drives her to debt, an adulterous affair, and ultimately …

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Thank you for being part of another great Planet IndigenUS festival!

This past August, Planet IndigenUS celebrated the very best of Indigenous arts and culture with the co-production between the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford and at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. This was the fourth time that the acclaimed multi-disciplinary festival has occurred and over the course of ten years, the festival has grown into the largest Indigenous arts festival on …

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Students respond to STRAIGHT WHITE MEN at World Stage

September is here and school is back in session. To help you adjust to the academic mindset, have a read over these two brilliant essays from University of Toronto students Christopher Geary and Clara Osei-Yeboah. After seeing STRAIGHT WHITE MEN close the World Stage 2015 season, they wrote papers on the performance for their drama and literature course. Clara examines signifiers of …

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Young Jean Lee: Thinking like a man

By Dylan Schoenmakers The latest play by the unstoppable Young Jean Lee, concluding the World Stage 2015 season from June 3-6, announces itself as brashly as its subject might: STRAIGHT WHITE MEN. In an age where ‘privilege’ seems to be a prevalent cultural concern, what three words could be more synonymous with the group who most profit by and disregard …

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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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Get to know HATCH residents, the red light district

HATCH is a situation where new performance and new audiences encounter one another in the spirit of inquiry. The red light district’s ted witzel and Lauren Gillis have worked together a lot. But this time it’s different – they’re sharing the direction of their new project, the marquise of O—. We asked them to say are few words about where they’re …

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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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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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Listen, there’s something in the air…

Another season of World Stage is around the corner. World Stage is Harbourfront Centre’s signature series of contemporary and international performance, and this year we’ve programmed 10 dimensional and exciting events and performances that capture the spirit — and cultural dialogue — of today. Before you visit the theatre, dig a little deeper into the stories behind each performance with this …

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