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Harbourfront Centre NextSteps 2012/13 season
presents an incredible spectrum of Canadian dance

TORONTO, ON (*August 9, 2012)Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce the 2012/13 season of contemporary dance series, NextSteps. Running from September 2012 to May 2013, NextSteps features 24 companies, each one showcasing a diverse spectrum of dance from Toronto and beyond.

For almost 30 years, Harbourfront Centre has been passionate about dance and the seventh season of Harbourfront Centre NextSteps reflects that zeal with Flamenco, hip-hop, contemporary, Afro-Caribbean and Indigenous dance. The 2012/13 season features outstanding dance festivals, including: Rina Singha; Latin American dance from Vanguardia Dance Company; Dance Ontario’s Dance Weekend; and the CanAsian International Dance Festival. Families can also experience magical holiday season performances by Ballet Creole’s Soulful Messiah and WinterSong from Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre.

"I am extremely proud to have so much diversity of talent on the stages of Harbourfront Centre and to know that dance is a part of Canadian Culture," says Lynanne Sparrow, Artistic Associate - Dance. "NextSteps offers solos to large scale, in a huge range of forms that is rare to find in a single season."

Tickets for all NextSteps 12/13 performances will go on sale through the Harbourfront Centre box office August 28, 2012; the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit Harbourfront Centre also offers a NextSteps Flex Pass, saving up to 50% and available until October 9, 2012; the Culture Break programme for students and those 25 years and under; and additional discounts are available for seniors and dance industry professionals.

NextSteps 2012/13 Season Lineup

Rina Singha Kathak Dance Organization - Kathak Mahotsav 2012
Sept. 20-23, 2012 (Studio Theatre)
Tickets: $25-$30.50
Now in its fifth year, the festival of Kathak dance is a gathering of Canadian Kathak artists in celebration of the art of Kathak, showcasing the adapability and relevance of classical Kathak styles, adapting its temple origins to the present. The programme features four concerts with different artists performing each night. There will also be a special pre-show lecture demonstration on Sunday, September 23rd at 3pm by Guru Rina Singha.

Julia Sasso dances - SLoE
In association with Harbourfront Centre
Sept. 27-30, 2012 (Enwave Theatre)
Tickets: $25-$35
SLoE envelops the audience in an intimate and deeply compelling world of sound and movement imagery. Taking great physical and emotional risks that celebrate the quality and transformation of the body in motion, Julia Sasso’s robust choreography cascades across the stage in counterpoint to the music’s magically suspended resonances and stillnesses. In concert with celebrated pianist, Eve Egoyan, Sasso’s stellar dancers deliver a striking, virtuosic interpretation of Ann Southam’s masterwork, Simple Lines of Enquiry.

ProArteDanza Performance – Season 2012
Oct. 3-6, 2012 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $20-$39
ProArteDanza returns with a highly-anticipated evening of breathtaking dance featuring three critically acclaimed works and a world premiere by award-winning choreographers Roberto Campanella and Robert Glumbek.

Native Women in the Arts - I'm Not the Indian You Have in Mind
Oct. 11-13, 2012 (Enwave Theatre)
Tickets: $20-$28
What does it mean to be Indigenous? This new work, inspired by writer Thomas King’s eponymous short film, I’m Not the Indian You Had in Mind, explores stereotypes existing within Indigenous North American and Indigenous Latin American cultures. There are many points of intersection where social, race and gender stereotypes collide across cultures. It is through this intersection and collision where stereotypes and preconceived ideas of what it is to be Indigenous can be transformed. In association with The Chimera Project and the Thunderbird Aboriginal Arts, Culture & Entrepreneur Centre.

DanceWorks DW196 Susie Burpee/Linnea Swan – Road Trip
Oct. 18-20, 2012 (Enwave Theatre)
Tickets: $19.50-$34
Susie Burpee and Linnea Swan – two physically fierce contemporary dancers – are caught in the spotlight like deers in headlights. Has something awful happened? The rollercoaster movement of this tragicomic face-off takes the audience on an unforgettable road trip.

Toronto Dance Theatre – Rare Mix
Nov. 6-10, 2012 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $19-$40
Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) unleashes 12 extraordinary dancers in a rare – and radical – showcase. Mining the gems of TDT’s vast repertoire, Rare Mix, features masterworks by company co-founder Patricia Beatty, Montreal maverick Jean-Sébastien Lourdais and TDT’s Christopher House, who the National Post hails as “one of Canada’s most gifted and enduringly inventive choreographers.”

Vangurdia Dance Company - Vanguardia Dance Festival 2012: A View on Latin America
Nov. 8-11, 2012 (Studio Theatre)
Tickets: $17-$25
Six artists, from different countries of origin and with varying approaches to contemporary dance, explore aerial dance, aboriginal contemporary dance, dance theatre, and technology. Vanguardia Dance Company is a Canadian-Latin American collective founded by Norma Araiza and Olga Barrios in 2010 with the purpose of promoting contemporary dance works.

DanceWorks DW197: RUBBERBANDance Group – Gravity of Center
Nov. 16-17, 2012 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $19.50-$34
Performed by five powerhouse dancers to a soundtrack by DJ Lil'Jaz, Victor Quijada’s Gravity of Center channels the ferocity of hip hop in a perfectly refined choreographic language. Los Angeles born Victor Quijada is deeply influenced by hip hop culture and has re-imagined, deconstructed and applied choreographic principles to the hip hop ideology of his youth. Quijada formed RUBBERBANDance Group in 2002. His work, which examines human relationships through a seamless marriage of classical, contemporary and urban aesthetics, is performed internationally. From 2007-2011 he was artist-in-residence at Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts de Montreal.

Sampradaya Dance Creations – Alchemy
Nov. 22-24, 2012 (Enwave Theatre)
Tickets: $20-$35
Award-winning artistic director Lata Pada, of Sampradaya Dance Creations, has assembled an eclectic and imaginitive programme – including works created by Canada’s Natasha Bakht, England’s Akram Khan and Russell Maliphant, Aakash Odedra and India’s Santosh Nair – that promises to redefine Indian dance. Showcasing bharatanatyam, kathak and chau-based choreographies performed by Sampradaya Dance Creations dancers and guest artists, Aakash Odedra and dancers from India’s Sadhya lead you on a remarkable discovery of contemporary Indian dance.

Ballet Creole – Soulful Messiah
Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2012 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $ 20-$45
This performance is a Ballet Creole signature piece, which breathes the universal language of spirituality and pure happiness that we all yearn to share, especially during the holidays. Soulful Messiah infuses tap, African-Caribbean, ballet, jazz and modern dance into a unique celebration of life through dance and music.

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre – WinterSong – dances for a sacred season
Dec. 14-15, 2012 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $22.50-$38
Now a 25-year tradition, WinterSong returns to warm the hearts of family audiences with its breathtaking tapestry of seasonal dance. Come celebrate the holidays with some of Canada’s most exciting choreographers, dancers and musicians inspired by the world’s rich solstice traditions. Includes favourites by Santee Smith, Carol Anderson, Colin Connor, Kim Frank and Deborah Lundmark.

Dance Ontario – Dance Weekend
In Association with Harbourfront Centre
Jan. 18-20, 2013 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: Minimum $10 donation
Celebrate Dance Weekend's 20th anniversary! Featuring ballet, b-boys and bharanatyam, jazz, flamenco, contemporary, Middle Eastern, two premieres and much more that promise to dazzle and inspire you.

dance Immersion - Tribute (A Moving History of Canadian Blacks in Dance)
Feb. 2, 2013 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $18- $28
An unforgettable night that celebrates the history, artistry and contributions made by Canadian blacks in dance in a multidisciplinary presentation of movement, film and spoken word. The programme includes presentations by Compagnie Danse and Nyata Nyata, and remounts by Ronald Taylor Dance, Tamla Matthews, Learie McNicolls and Danny Grossman.

DanceWorks DW198 La Otra Orilla - Homoblablatus
Feb.14-16, 2013 (Enwave Theatre)
Tickets: $19.50-$34
Montreal’s La Otra Orilla takes Flamenco into the 21st century with a dynamic collaboration between dancer/choreographer Myriam Allard and the soulful live singing of Hedi Graja. Their DanceWorks production, El12, received a Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for Outstanding Dance Production in 2010.

DanceWorks DW199: Wen Wei Dance – New Work
Mar. 1-2, 2013 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $19.50-$34
Choreographed by Wen Wei Wang to original music by Giorgio Magnanensi and lit by James Proudfoot, six dancers display uninhibited abandon and controlled precision as they explore control versus autonomy and dominance versus obedience through our relationship to animals. The full-length work about the seldom achieved unconditional love is a much-anticipated follow-up to his stunning Cock-Pit, previously presented by DanceWorks at NextSteps 09/10.

Belinda McGuire – The Heist Project
Mar. 8-9, 2013 (Enwave Theatre)
Tickets: $25-$30
The Heist Project, a one-woman dance event, premieres three commissioned works created by five international artists, conceived and performed by Jóse Limón Dance Company member, Belinda McGuire. The Eight Propositions is a collaboration between Emio Greco, Pieter C. Scholten (Amsterdam) and McGuire (with original music by Jerome Begin); Anthem for the Living is by Sharon Moore (Toronto); and Blue Solo, by Idan Sharabi (Tel Aviv). In creating The Heist Project, McGuire traveled around the world creating and collecting the solos, all built on spontaneity and reactivity.

Kalanidhi Fine Arts of Canada - A Celebration of Kalanidhi Fine Arts
Mar. 14 – 16, 2013 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $30 - $35
Artistic director Sudha Khandwani marks 20 years of presenting landmark festivals and conferences in Canada that feature the finest classical and contemporary Indian dance artists from around the world. Join us for the North American premiere of the internationally acclaimed Samudra dance troupe and California's Amprapali Ambegaonkar's breath-taking Kathak dance, along with recent works by Nova Dance, inDANCE, Menaka Thakkar Dance Company, and Panwar Music and Dance.

Ballet Creole - RIVER
Apr. 4-6, 2013 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $20-$45
Now in its 23rd year, Ballet Creole presents RIVER, a conceptual take on the idea that nothing can stop a river flowing. Two aesthetically diverse dance pieces will flow onto the stage: Patrick Parson will complete Trouchka, a work that began in May 2009 as part of a performance of Petrouchka with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Associate choreographer Gabby Kamino will perform the Canadian premiere of Fallen Angels, a three-part allegorical piece which depicts angels that have “fallen” or, rather, angels that have chosen to live as humans.

DanceWorks DW200: Nova Dance and Louis Laberge-Côté - Akshongay
Apr. 11-13, 2013 (Enwave Theatre)
Tickets: $19.50-$34
Akshongay (together), created and performed by Nova Bhattacharya and Louis Laberge-Côté, gives voice to the powerful, shared artistic vision of this unique duo. Bhattacharya and Laberge-Côté celebrate the power and beauty of abstraction and the transformative experience they have undergone in their creative relationship over the last decade. Sunil Kothari (Narthaki, India) praised Akshongay for its “sheer brilliance and innovation.”

DanceWorks DW201 Compagnie Flak - Vilanelle & S
Apr. 19-20, 2013 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $19.50-$34
Created by José Navas, a tender solo, Vilanelle, sets the stage for S when eight dancers, stunning in their vulnerability, present choreography structured like a musical score, likening these men and women to instruments crafted by Stradivarius. This abstract and organic work is an encounter with grace.

“A delicious show that evokes human nature with great restraint and infinite grace.” - Les Soirées de Paris

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company
Apr. 25-28, 2013 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $21.50-$43
Capturing the essence of flamenco, the award-winning Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company never fails to mesmerize its audiences while bringing to life the contagious excitement and full breadth of feelings that flamenco delivers. The award winning Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company was founded in 1982 in Toronto under the artistic direction of Esmeralda Enrique.

“I love it when a show exceeds my expectations and this just absolutely caught fire by the end.” - Paula Citron, Classical 96FM

2013 CanAsian International Dance Festival
In Association with Harbourfront Centre
May 1-4, 2013 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $25-$30
From Japanese Butoh to Turkish whirling, this world-class festival presents exceptional contemporary and traditional dance inspired by Asian ideas and exprssions. Dynamic main stage concerts, late night performances, film and more. Witness a whirling dervish on fire, watch a film about butoh, and participate in contemplative photography workshops, calligraphy classes and a magical Labyrinth walk to the soothing sounds of Japanese shakuhachi flute.

Kaeja d’Dance - X-ODUS & Crave
May 7-11, 2013 (Enwave Theatre)
Tickets: $18-$39
X-ODUS and Crave, a new double-bill, probes unsettled solitude and the attempt to reconnect – performed by seven gifted dancers in the Kaeja’s distinctive hyper-physical, sensual and raw styles. Established in 1991, Toronto’s Kaeja d’Dance creates award-winning contemporary dance performances, site works with extreme numbers of dancers, acclaimed screen dance and in-demand education and outreach programs. Living fully at the heart of Kaeja are co-artistic directors Karen and Allen Kaeja. They break ground, take risks and bring together exquisite dancers and collaborators to infuse extraordinary experience both on and off the stage in local and international communities.

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre - Vector[s]
May 24-25, 2013 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $22.50-$38

Six contemporary choreographies tracing six compelling lifelines converge in this dynamic, young company’s presentation of Vector[s], featuring premieres by award-winning choreographer and former José Limón Dance Company dancer, Colin Connor (his fourth CCDT premiere in four years), and England’s Alexander Whitley of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, whose commissions include Solo? for the Rambert Dance Company. Returning from acclaimed debuts in 2012, Sylvie Bouchard’s L’envol, Deborah Lundmark’s McAskill Crescent and Connor’s Breath of Rivers, in a programme sure to entrance every age and taste.

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit or call the box office at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre box office is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront. Tickets go on sale August 28, 2012.

Harbourfront Centre is passionate about dance. NextSteps, Harbourfront Centre’s national dance series, brings the very best in Canadian dance to Toronto audiences, showcasing the depth, energy and diversity of established and emerging choreographers and companies. The 2012-13 season, running September to May, offers an incredible spectrum of dance. Harbourfront Centre supports Canada’s I Love Dance manifesto. For more information visit

Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto’s central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe.


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