Curatorial Statement

Dear Friends,

Welcome to World Stage Redux.

In 1986, Harbourfront Centre began a journey called World Stage. After 30 extraordinary years, we continue to be Toronto’s window onto the most exceptional contemporary theatre, dance and performance and to bring the exemplars of global culture to our city – to our home. World Stage Redux is your chance to see the works that have shifted the boundaries of the contemporary – that have amazed, moved, and stirred us to debate. And we promise that in revisiting these shows from past seasons, what you have seen before, you will see again, anew. This is not the same river.

From the fierce longing and love of Kyle Abraham’s The Radio Show to the wondrous transformations of choreographic chameleon Kitt Johnson’s Rankefod, World Stage finds common ground in a wide range of formally diverse works. It reveals a conversation through artistic practice that starts with My Arm, the breakout solo of UK provocateur Tim Crouch and runs for a decade, right up to Philip McKee’s understated conversation with the lioness of Canadian theatre, Clare Coulter. With works by Daniel Barrow and William Yong we touch the spectacular via the analogue and the digital. And with the return of Yael Farber/Baxter Theater’s Mies Julie and Hotel Modern’s KAMP, World Stage Redux reaffirms the power of the stage as monument, as a place of memory and forgetting.

Almost as important as these extraordinary works is the context – and the spirit in which we share them. With the return to a festival format, World Stage welcomes you to Toronto’s waterfront for three weeks of live performance and inspiring conversation.

So join us, celebrate with us, and help us mark the start of World Stage’s next journey.

— The World Stage Team