Events, Talkshows & More

Engage More

At Harbourfront Centre's World Stage, we want more than just a performance: more dialogue, more community, more tea. Take advantage of our season extras and enrich your theatre experience.

Pre-show Teas

Every opening night before the show, join World Stage's Scholars-in-Residence from the University of Toronto, Denise Cruz and Matthew Sergi, and from Ryerson University, Julia Fawcett. For 2016, these bright profs are partnering with World Stage to build the conversation around the works we present. Grab a cup of tea and soak in new and challenging ideas.

Talkshows

The second performance of most World Stage productions is followed by a talkshow event, where the artists connect with you outside their work, fielding your questions with the moderation of their colleagues in the community. It’s the most direct behind-the-scenes access you can get.

Upcoming Events

  • May 11, 2016

    Steer – Pre-show Tea

    Join us for a series of Pre-show Teas with our World Stage Scholars-in-Residence. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of Steer.

    In today’s technologically advanced world, we’ve come to depend on machines in ways that people living a century ago might never have imagined. We can’t leave home without our phones in our pockets; we monitor our steps and our snacks and the breaths we take on fitbits; and some of us even tune our heart beats to the regulation of a pacemaker. How have these technologies changed the ways we imagine our bodies? Are bodies just organic material or do they necessarily include the technologies that we have come to depend upon for that organic material to function as we think it should? Are we truly ourselves if separated from these technologies? Can we ever truly be ourselves if we have come to depend on technologies, mass-produced and mass-marketed, to feel at home in our own bodies? And in a world where ourselves are inseparable from our machines, what, exactly, does self-expression look like? Steer proposes one answer; join World Stage Scholar-in-Residence Julia Fawcett as we think about how Zata Omm’s choreographies help us to think about the relationship between our technologies, our bodies, and ourselves in new ways.

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  • May 12, 2016

    Steer – Talkshow

    Following this evening’s performance, connect with the artists as they field your questions and discuss the work you’ve just seen. It’s the most direct behind-the-scenes access you can get. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

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  • May 25, 2016

    Backstage in Biscuit Land – Pre-show Tea

    Join World Stage’s Scholars-in-Residence from the University of Toronto, Denise Cruz and Matthew Sergi, for a pre-show discussion on opening night. For 2016, these bright profs are partnering with World Stage to build the conversation around the works we present. Grab a cup of tea and soak in new and challenging ideas. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

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  • May 26, 2016

    Backstage in Biscuit Land – Talkshow

    Following this evening’s performance, connect with the artists as they field your questions and discuss the work you’ve just seen. It’s the most direct behind-the-scenes access you can get. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

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Past Events

  • January 20, 2016

    Germinal – Pre-show Tea

    Join us for a series of Pre-show Teas with our World Stage Scholars-in-Residence. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of Germinal.

    Over the course of the last ten years, there has been much interest in projecting a bleak future for our world: just think of the popularity of a show like The Walking Dead, the Hunger Games trilogy, or Margaret Atwood’s Maddadam series. But what if instead of ending the world as we know it, we thought about starting over? Germinal asks a provocative question: If we had the opportunity to create the world from scratch, how would we do it? Join our Scholar-in-Residence Denise Cruz in a discussion of what art can teach us about imagining a world anew, and in thinking about beginnings rather than endings. When we build the new world, what is most important for us to include? Tweet your idea @WorldStageTO to start the discussion early.

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  • January 21, 2016

    Germinal – Talkshow

    Following this evening’s performance, connect with the artists as they field your questions and discuss the work you’ve just seen. It’s the most direct behind-the-scenes access you can get. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

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  • January 26, 2016

    The World Stage Mirror Ball – Subculture Futures

    Join World Stage Scholars-in-Residence Matthew Sergi and Julia Fawcett along with Mother Trouble Nuance and Mother Tko Monroe for an open-ended forum discussion on Subculture Futures, in which your questions and comments will drive our conversation. Since subcultures—ball culture included—draw their passion and style from a history of being marginal, what does it mean to bring the ballroom scene onto a mainstream venue like World Stage or Buddies? Where has ball culture been so far? How has it changed in prior partnerships with mainstream institutions (from Madonna’s co-opting to the pop rebranding of ballroom lingo on RuPaul’s Drag Race)? In an arts community in which small-scale innovators are becoming dependent on institutional grants, support, and publicity in order to survive at all, how can ball culture sustainably continue without mainstream partnerships—or, if it enters into institutional partnerships, how can it maintain its realness?

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  • February 17, 2016

    Badke – Pre-show Tea

    Join us for a series of Pre-show Teas with our World Stage Scholars-in-Residence. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of Badke.

    How do dance, performance, and music pass down history, memory and tradition differently than texts? What can dance and music communicate that written forms of history can’t – and how can we become “legible” in those modes of expression? For this pre-show tea, our Scholar-in-Residence Matthew Sergi will give a brief overview of dabke, the dance form on which Badke is based, and then lead an open-ended discussion about what might happen when folk performance leaps outside of its local social contexts.

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  • February 18, 2016

    Badke – Talkshow

    Following this evening’s performance, connect with the artists as they field your questions and discuss the work you’ve just seen. It’s the most direct behind-the-scenes access you can get. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

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  • April 13, 2016

    Portraits in Motion – Pre-show Tea

    Join us for a series of Pre-show Teas with our World Stage Scholars-in-Residence. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of Portraits in Motion.

    What is performance? What makes theatre different from the other arts? Eric Bentley (a theatre scholar perhaps best known for translating Brecht into English) defined drama as “A personifying B watched by C.” Peggy Phelan, a performance studies scholar at Stanford University, says live performance is different than, say, a painting or a novel because it “becomes itself through disappearance” – in other words, it is unique because it exists only in the present, and as soon as it is recorded or written down it becomes something else entirely. Yet neither of these definitions seem to apply to Portraits in Motion. Who, for instance, is being impersonated? And does it matter that the people that the performance seems to be about – the people in the photographs – are known to us only as Gerling has recorded their faces and told their stories? If performance is about presence, in other words – the presence of the performer, the presence of time – who is present and what is the present in this work? Join World Stage Scholar-in-Residence Julia Fawcett for a discussion about what we expect when we go to the theatre and how this differs from what we expect when we go to an art museum or open a book. What do we mean when we talk about theatre? And does Portraits in Motion fit this definition – or is it something new?

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  • April 14, 2016

    Portraits in Motion – Talkshow

    Following this evening’s performance, connect with the artists as they field your questions and discuss the work you’ve just seen. It’s the most direct behind-the-scenes access you can get. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

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  • April 27, 2016

    Looking for Paul – Pre-show Tea

    Join us for a series of Pre-show Teas with our World Stage Scholars-in-Residence. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of Looking for Paul.

    Looking for Paul is many things at once: it is a performance about shocking works of art; it is a performance that stages a discussion about how art can shock; it is itself a shocking work of art. Join us in a challenging pre-show “Devil’s Advocate”-style discussion, facilitated by World Stage Scholars-in-Residence Denise Cruz and Matthew Sergi – who will take on, for argument’s sake, the opinion directly opposite from whatever has most recently been said – and who will playfully encourage you to do the same. Come out early and try out different and opposing opinions, just to see what fits, as we tackle tough questions about where and whether lines should be drawn – especially at publicly funded institutions like Harbourfront – between challenging art and harmful offense, between free speech and aggressive intrusion, between the private and the public.

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  • April 28, 2016

    Looking for Paul – Talkshow

    Following this evening’s performance, connect with the artists as they field your questions and discuss the work you’ve just seen. It’s the most direct behind-the-scenes access you can get. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

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