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Dance Marathon returns to World Stage 2012
Addition of international crowd favourite to Harbourfront Centre’s
acclaimed international performance series

Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, 2012

TORONTO, ON (*Dec. 28, 2011) – As Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage 2012 season quickly approaches, we are pleased to announce a last-minute addition to the already formidable line-up of provocative and cutting-edge performances. On Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, 2012, the internationally-acclaimed immersive theatre experience, Dance Marathon, returns to the stage where it all began for an exclusive World Stage engagement.

Toronto’s Dora award-winning theatre collective bluemouth inc. is dedicated to reaching beyond the boundaries of conventional performance practice, and with the support of Harbourfront Centre’s Fresh Ground new works commissioning program, debuted Dance Marathon in the World Stage 08/09 season. From there, the production’s playful integration of movement, text, music, video and audience interaction captivated viewers and critics around the globe, touring to Vancouver, New York, Melbourne, Edinburgh and London. In the show, audience members of all levels of dance-floor comfort participate, learn and are judged in a series of challenges inspired by the endurance contests of 1920s and ‘30s America while a live band provides the soundtrack. Non-dancers can sit back and enjoy the show.

Dance Marathon is not only the high note upon which the 2012 season of World Stage will conclude, but a fitting finish to the series, which also starts with a Fresh Ground new works commission. The 2012 World Stage season kicks off, on Saturday, Feb. 18, with Everything Under the Moon, which sees visual artist Shary Boyle and songwriter and performer Christine Fellows unite their respective crafts to create a fantastical narrative for the whole family, told through hand-animated projected image and song.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please call 416-973-4000, email or visit

World Stage ticket packages are available for a limited time. Flex Passes, available until January 15, 2012, offer savings and flexibility: Purchase four tickets, to any World Stage shows, for only $110, a savings of nearly $20 per ticket. Thematic packages for multiple productions are available until February 18, 2012 and offer savings of nearly 40%. Students, seniors, groups, arts professionals and NextSteps ticket buyers also qualify for discounts. Service charges apply. Visit or call the box office at 416-973-4000 for terms and details.

For complete event details and full schedule, the public may visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West, in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage 2012 gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and Westin Harbour Castle, the official host hotel of World Stage.

*MEDIA NOTE* High-resolution images available on request. World Stage media materials are available at World Stage 2012’s media site:

Since its creation in 2004, Fresh Ground new works has become a catalyst for new Canadian artistic works incorporating more than one discipline or field. Through open national submission calls, Harbourfront Centre has awarded over $400,000 in prize money toward nineteen new Canadian commissions. These awards add to Harbourfront Centre’s 35-year history of commissioning new Canadian works in dance, theatre, music, visual arts and craft.

Fresh Ground new works is made possible by the generosity of several major individual donors who have actively assisted in the creation of new Canadian artworks: Peter Allen, William J. S. Boyle, Lionel F. Conacher and Joan Dea, Margaret and Jim Fleck, Michael and Sonja Koerner, Judy and Wil Matthews, George E. Myhal, RBC Foundation, Sonja Smits and Seaton McLean, and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the J.P. Bickell Foundation.

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.


Media contact:
Jon Campbell

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