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International hit Dance Marathon returns home to World Stage
for an exclusive engagement

TORONTO, ON (May 3, 2012) — The 2012 World Stage season comes to a close with the return of the internationally-acclaimed immersive theatre show Dance Marathon. This exclusive engagement takes place at Harbourfront Centre’s Enwave Theatre on Friday May 18 and Saturday May 19, 2012. Described as part theatre, part contest and part social experiment, Dance Marathon is an interactive performance piece by Toronto’s award-winning interdisciplinary theatre collective, bluemouth inc.

“Beg, borrow or steal a ticket for this life affirming show.” – London Telegraph

“Part Cabaret, part dance class, part gladiatorial deathmatch...irresistibly good fun.”
- The Observer

“An intriguing immersive performance piece...bluemouth inc. are challenging and boundary pushing, they create intense, multi-layered experiences that at once question and bring people together.” – Metro (Scotland)

A massive hit at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Dance Marathon is an interactive, duration-based performance event. Inspired by the desperately competitive and physically grueling spectator sports of Depression-Era North America, the show is also a nod to today's cult of celebrity and reality TV.

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. Audience members participate and dance-off with bluemouth inc. members under the direction of floor judges and the merciless movement of the clock to help shape the theatrical experience, or they can sit back and enjoy the fancy footwork.

bluemouth inc. is five artists trained in various disciplines, brought together by a common vision of sharing their training and forging a new language. Their goal is to reach beyond the boundaries of conventional performance practice to create site-specific interdisciplinary art that leads audiences and artists alike into new forms of play.

As a not-for-profit performance collective, bluemouth inc. continues to explore formal issues related to site-specific work: compositional counterpoint between the properties of film, movement, sound design and spoken word; a temporal installation integrated within a challenging setting; and an ongoing adjustment of the relationship of the performance to the spectator.

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 City, Melbourne, Tasmania, Cork, Edinburgh and London.

Performance details:

Friday, May 18: 7pm
Saturday, May 19, 2012: 7pm

Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West
Running time: 240 min. with breaks

Tickets: $35, $28 (seniors and artsworkers), $15 (CultureBreak – 18 to 25 years-old and full-time students of all ages) available at Harbourfront Centre’s Box Office. Call 416-973-4000, email or visit

*MEDIA NOTE: Media materials are available at World Stage 2012’s media site:

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.

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 it operates in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront.


For more media information contact:
Amanda Lee

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