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Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage presents a double bill from
World-renowned Brazilian dance company Grupo Corpo
Sem Mim & Ímã,
Feb. 19-23, 2013

TORONTO, ON (Jan. 24, 2013) – Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage presents spectacular dance productions; Sem Mim & Ímã, from world-renowned Brazilian dance company, Grupo Corpo. Together, they combine classical ballet technique with a contemporary rereading of Brazilian and world dance forms resulting in performances that are virtuosic, athletic, breathtaking and simply spectacular.

"Fizzy, high voltage dance." - The New York Times

In Sem Mim, meaning “without me”, “tattooed” dancers merge the rhythm of the sea with the music of medieval Portuguese-Galician chants. The original score composed by Carlos Núñez, of Vigo, and José Miguel Wisnik, of Brazil, is based on the celebrated “sea of Vigo song cycle”. The movement mimics the ebb and flow of waves in constant flux of advances and retreats. The set represents different landscapes and elements from the sea to the mountains.

The second work, Ímã, meaning “magnet,” takes inspiration from the law of magnetism where dancers passionately come together and separate through solos, duos and smaller groups forming in a game of union and dispersion. Using seven-color LEDs, Paulo Pederneiras creates an explosion of color that is violent, radical, and exuberant. The soundtrack composed by Brazilian band 2, combines influences from bossa nova, ‘70s afro-music and contemporary Japanese music.

Grupo Corpo (meaning Body Group in English) was founded in 1975 by Paulo Pederneiras in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. They’ve created 35 choreographies and more than 2,300 pieces, while maintaining ten ballets in its repertoire and giving 80 performances a year around the world including; Iceland, South Korea, the United States, Lebanon, Italy, Singapore, the Netherlands, Israel, France, Japan and Mexico and Canada.

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! 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 harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage/tickets.

Opening Night Reception
Feb. 19 | FREE
Fleck Dance 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.
harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage/extras/receptionstalkshows

talkshow
Feb. 20 | 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.
harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage/extras/receptionstalkshows

Dates / Times / Location
Duration: 70 minutes
Fleck Dance Theatre - 3rd Floor, Queen's Quay Terminal, 207 Queens Quay West
Tue, February 19 at 8pm
Wed, February 20 at 8pm
Thu, February 21 at 8pm
Fri, February 22 at 8pm
Sat, February 23 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.

ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
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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