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Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage opens with North American premiere
Othello, c’est qui (Othello, who’s that)
Feb. 6-9, 2013

TORONTO, ON (Jan. 14, 2013) – Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage season begins by shaking up Shakespeare with the North American premiere of Othello, c’est qui (Othello, who’s that) by German production company Gintersdorferand/Klaßen, Feb. 6-9, 2013.

Performed by Franck Edmond Yao (Ivory Coast) and Cornelia Dörr (Germany) in both English and French, the actors parody one of The Bard’s most controversial plays. Together they pull apart themes of colonialism, migration, religion and politics in an urgent, seemingly improvised way. Sharp, provocative and sensual, Othello, c’est qui (Othello, who’s that) premieres during Black History Month at Harbourfront Centre’s Enwave Theatre.

Othello c’est qui (Othello, who’s that) premiered in Kampnagel, Hamburg and won first prize at the 2009 Theatre Festival Impulse, and has engaged audiences around the world ever since. Director Monica Gintersdorfer and visual artist Knut Klaßen have been collaborating on dance and theatre projects between West Africa and Europe since 2005 and were voted Company of the Year by German magazine tanz.

Extras: World Stage goes deeper to deliver a more textured performance experience for audiences by offering post-performance talkshows on the second night of the run with guest hosts and cast members, opening night receptions and artist development workshops. New this year in partnership with series 8:08, World Stage is proud to offer workshops with Grupo Corpo, Jo Strømgren Kompani and CAMPO. Now entering its fourth year, the Embassy program has been retrofitted as a durational performance project, bringing local, national, and international artists together to engage with not only the theatre process but with audience members directly. Over the past 27 years, World Stage has granted access to performances and in-depth discussions with the industry’s best including; Christopher Plummer, Laurie Anderson, Robert LePage, Cillian Murphy, Atom Egoyan, Elizabeth LeCompte, Kitt Johnson, Wayne McGregor, and Young Jean Lee to name a few.

Tickets: World Stage tickets are on sale now! Save up to 50% with a World Stage Flex Pass, when you purchase four tickets to any World Stage shows for only $110 or eight tickets for $180, only until January 23, 2013. Regular ticket packages (three or more productions) offer discounts and exclusive partner offers, discounted parking and more and Single tickets are available anytime via our box office by calling 416-973-4000, Tuesday to Saturday, 1-6pm, or online at

Opening Night Reception
Feb. 6 | FREE
Enwave Theatre
We invite you to join the World Stage team for nibblies, drinks and discussion at our opening night reception. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

Feb. 7 | FREE
Have your voice heard! Engage with the artists and performers involved with the work. Please stay around after the performance for an informative and engaging talkshow. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

Dates / Times / Location
Duration: 70 minutes
Enwave Theatre – located between Queen's Quay Terminal and York Quay Centre, adjacent to The Power Plant
Wed, February 6 at 8pm
Thu, February 7 at 8pm
Fri, February 8 at 8pm
Sat, February 9 at 8pm

Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage 2013 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 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 program funding from all levels of government, the private sector and individual donors.

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