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Harbourfront Centre’s signature dance series
NextSteps continues until May

TORONTO, ON (January 3, 2013) - Harbourfront Centre’s popular dance series, NextSteps, which runs from September until May, showcases the very best in dance from Toronto and beyond.

The rest of the season features a diverse range of dance, including a solo piece by Belinda McGuire; The Heist Project, works from leading dance companies including; Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre; Vector[s], Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company and two DanceWorks productions; La Otra Orilla - Homoblablatus and Seventh Sense by Wen Wei.

Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers pay tribute to their founder Rachel Browne while dance Immersion, celebrates the history of Canadian Blacks in dance. NextSteps features smaller festivals within the series including; Dance Ontario’s Dance Weekend, A Celebration of Kalanidhi Fine Arts and the CanAsian International Dance Festival.

Tickets for all NextSteps are on sale through the Harbourfront Centre box office by calling 416-973-4000 or visiting Harbourfront Centre offers a Culture Break programme for students and those 25 years and under; and additional discounts for seniors and dance industry professionals.

NextSteps 2013 Season Lineup

Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers – Toward Light: A Tribute to Rachel Browne
Jan. 12, 8 p.m. (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $25 ($75 with tax receipt)
Twenty-one dancers take to the stage as Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD) honours their beloved founder, Rachel Browne, by remounting nine of her signature works from 1964 through 2012. Toward Light is a loving tribute to this icon of Canadian modern dance.

Dance Ontario – Dance Weekend
In Association with Harbourfront Centre
Jan. 18-20 (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. 1 and 2 (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.

DanceWorks DW198 La Otra Orilla - Homoblablatus
Feb.14-16 (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 – Seventh Sense
Mar. 1-2 (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. 7-9 (Enwave Theatre)
Tickets: $15-$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, Joni by Idan Sharabi (Tel Aviv). To compose Heist, McGuire traveled around the world creating and collecting the solos, all built on spontaneity and reactivity.

A Celebration of Kalanidhi Fine Arts
Mar. 14 – 16 (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 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $20-$45
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 (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.

DanceWorks DW201 Compagnie Flak - Vilanelle & S
Apr. 19-20 (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.

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company
Apr. 25-28 (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.

2013 CanAsian International Dance Festival
In Association with Harbourfront Centre
May 1-4 (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 expressions. Experience Canadian and international artists in dynamic main stage concerts, late night performances, film and more.

Kaeja d’Dance - X-ODUS & Crave
May 7-11 (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 (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.

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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. Harbourfront Centre attracts more than 17 million visits to its site each year to experience 4,000 diverse public events and activities. Harbourfront Centre receives operational support from the Government of Canada and the City of Toronto and programme funding from all levels of government, the private sector and individual donors.


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