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What makes World Stage truly unique is our commitment to developing audiences and artists simultaneously to create the unifying immediacy found only in live performance.
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York University's Faculty of Fine Arts Partnership
In 2010, Harbourfront Centre and York University’s Faculty of Fine Arts launched a partnership grounded in their shared commitment to multi-disciplinary creation, innovation, and excellence in contemporary performance. Recognizing each other's vital investment in maintaining and developing the exceptional calibre of talent creating work in the city, Harbourfront Centre and York's Faculty of Fine Arts are building new and unprecedented cross-institutional opportunities in the form of workshops, internships, artist residencies, performances, and long term-projects to support the growth of both emerging and established artists and scholars, as well as their audiences. Partnership programming has included student workshops with interdisciplinary performance collective urbanvessel (CA), performance artist Adrian Howells (UK) and live art collective The Dietrich Group (CA); master classes with Antoine Vereecken of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance (UK); rehearsal viewings with The Wooster Group (US); performance opportunities with bluemouth inc. (CA); Production Internships for Everything Under the Moon and Paris1994/Gallery, and a Theatre Criticism & Engagement Internship for World Stage 2012.
As one of the largest multi-disciplinary art centres in Canada, Harbourfront Centre is dedicated to the development of contemporary performance – in Toronto, in Canada, and around the world – devoted to artists, audiences, and all who participate in the current performance ecology; and committed to vocabularies and forms from across cultural traditions that call theatre, dance, performance art and interdisciplinary practices home. The Faculty of Fine Arts at York University is one of North America's premier professional training and research institutions for the visual, performing, and digital arts, bringing together leading artists and scholars with a national and international reach to foster the development of a new generation of outstanding creative talent. By aligning and capitalizing on these synergies, we continually reaffirm our commitment to nurturing a vibrant and thriving arts ecology in Toronto.
Fine Arts Summer Intensive featuring The Dietrich Group (D.A. Hoskins and Danielle Baskerville)
Exploring Physicality in Dance
May 25, 2012 | 2pm - 5pm
York University, Accolade East Building, 2nd Floor
4700 Keele Street
This workshop is open to pre-professional and undergraduate dance and theatre students.
Part dance, part physical theatre, this movement workshop will explore the dancer’s unique instinctual response through critically-acclaimed D.A. Hoskins’ signature choreographic work. Accomplished professional dance artist Danielle Baskerville will lead a series of exercises in which Hoskins will coach dancers how to successfully tap into their innate physical response.
Significant focus will be placed on the importance of individual character and presence by bringing to the surface the history of what you carry and how that can inspire the choreographic process. It is the emotional makeup within the movement that best defines the uniqueness of this dance language.
Facilitated by D.A. Hoskins and Danielle Baskerville of The Dietrich Group.
LABWORK featuring Compagnie Käfig
Perspectives on hip hop choreography
May 5, 2012 | 10am - 1pm
Dovercourt House, 2nd Floor
805 Dovercourt Road
Full price $40. Early bird $20 - $36
(with $15 non-refundable deposit by April 11th).
Registration information will be posted shortly.
This workshop is open to dancers of all genres including, professionals, dance students and recreational dancers.
The workshop’s main goal is to enhance the perspective of hip hop dancers and choreographers when it comes to building choreography and dance pieces in general. This will take the form of a technique class where various hip hop techniques will be utilized to explore the possibilities created when you look at hip hop from different perspectives.
We will discuss issues surrounding hip hop, such as: what is and what isn’t possible when putting choreography together? What are the tendencies? To what extent is it worth it to follow the rules and standards when it comes to hip hop and urban dances in general?
Facilitated by Diego White, dancer, choreographer and coordinator with Compagnie Käfig.
Compagnie Käfig's Agwa/Correria runs May 2-5 at World Stage.
Click here for details.
LABWORKS featuring Wayne McGregor | Random Dance
An Exploration of Creative Methods
Antoine Vereecken of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance will lead a fast-paced and challenging technique class reflecting the idiosyncratic and dynamic movement style of internationally celebrated choreographer Wayne McGregor. Participants will then be led through research-based choreographic exercises. These generative task-based choreographic tools reflect the methods used by McGregor in the studio with his dancers and will open new doors to individuals' creativity and facilitate innovative forms of making.
Two LABWORKS are being offered:
March 2, 2012 | 1:30pm-3pm | $10
York University – Accolade East Building
Studio B (The Grant Strate Dance Studio)
4700 Keele Street
Open to professional dance artists, MFA students, and advanced undergraduate dance students in their final two years of a professional dance-training program.
*Participants must attend a performance of Entity in order to register.
March 3, 2012 | 1:30pm-3pm | $20
Lower Ossington Theatre, Studio B
100 Ossington Avenue
Workshop open to professional dance artists, and dance students in their final two years of a professional dance-training program. Early bird registration is $18 (with a $10 non-refundable deposit by February 13, 2012).
Tina Rasmussen at York University
Contemporary Performance Q&A
January 30, 2012 | 3-4pm | FREE
Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan Theatre
Accolade East Building
Tina Rasmussen, Director of Performing Arts and Artistic Director of World Stage, gives a public presentation at York University to share the international lineup of World Stage 2012, and hosts a discussion with students about performance, curation and the industry.
Using this collection of productions from the globe’s trendsetters as a springboard, Tina will talk about her role at Harbourfront Centre and open the floor to questions. Students will have a valuable opportunity for an informal talk back session and gain insight about Toronto’s performance community from someone who has her finger on the pulse of contemporary performing art around the world.
This presentation is a part of the ongoing, long-term partnership between Harbourfront Centre and York’s Faculty of Fine Arts, who have come together to nurture a vibrant and thriving arts ecology in Toronto. Previous presentations include a workshop by Toronto’s interdisciplinary collective urbanvessel and a one-week intensive with UK-based artist Adrian Howells.
All are welcome. Please contact Sky Fairchild-Waller for further information.