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World Stage presents the world premiere of Toronto Dance Theatre’s first Heidi Strauss commission, Everyday Anthems, March 6-9, 2013

Toronto, ON (February 13, 2013) – In the world premiere of her first work for Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT), Canadian dancer and choreographer Heidi Strauss explores anthems as metaphors for love, belonging, power in numbers and personal pride. Everyday Anthems is a work of connection, intertwining the histories of its performers and their trials and triumphs through dance.

TDT artistic director Christopher House comments: “Heidi Strauss is an artist with a uniquely poetic sensibility. It has been a pleasure to watch her ideas unfold in the studio in this, her first commission for Toronto Dance Theatre and we are thrilled to be presenting the premiere performances of Everyday Anthems in partnership with World Stage.”

World Stage 2013 artistic director Tina Rasmussen comments: “Heidi is a very intelligent maker. She employs a technique that uses the dancers’ own lives and experiences as source material, which creates a very accessible approach. A multitude of input gets synthesized in a relatable way.”

Heidi Strauss is an independent dancer and choreographer. She has performed with multiple companies and given workshops all across Canada and in the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Singapore. She has also worked as rehearsal director for Tribal Crackling Wind, Chartier Danse & O Vertigo and has choreographed works for The Frankfurt Opera and The Canadian Opera Company among several notable companies. Strauss founded her own dance company, adelheid (www.adelheid.ca) in 2007. From 2008-2012, she was Factory Theatre’s dance-artist-in-residence where she has created three full evening works including the award winning this time. Strauss is a recipient of the 2012 KM Hunter Award for Dance.

Toronto Dance Theatre has been praised as “one of the treasures of Canadian dance” by the Globe and Mail. TDT is one of Canada’s leading dance companies, known for its intelligent choreography and the artistry of its performers. Founded in 1968 by Peter Randazzo, Patricia Beatty and David Earle, TDT has been under the artistic direction of Christopher House since 1994. TDT performs annually at Harbourfront Centre and at the Winchester Street Theatre in Cabbagetown where it is jointly housed with the affiliated School of Toronto Dance Theatre. TDT has toured extensively in Canada, the US, Europe and Asia.

Extras:

The Process Revealed – Everyday Anthems
Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 at 7pm
Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester Street

Toronto Dance Theatre invites you to attend this FREE behind the scenes event. Learn more about the show’s creation; see an excerpt from the work and speak with Heidi Strauss and the performers about their inspiration and artistic process. No ticket necessary, free to attend. For information call 416.967.1365

Everyday Anthems – Opening Night Reception
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

World Stage goes deeper to deliver a more in-depth performance experience. We invite you to join the World Stage team for food, drinks and discussion at our opening night reception. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

Everyday Anthems – talkshow
Hosted by Kathleen Smith, editor at The Dance Current
Thursday, March 7, 2013

World Stage is committed to providing live performance of unparalleled quality. Part of that commitment includes exclusive opportunities to 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
Fleck Dance Theatre – 3rd Floor, Queens Quay Terminal, 207 Queens Quay West
Wed, March 6 at 8 p.m.
Thu, March 7 at 8 p.m.
Fri, March 8 at 8 p.m.
Sat, March 9 at 8 p.m.

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.

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 WORLD STAGE
Everyday Anthems is one of 11 groundbreaking international contemporary performance works in the World Stage 2013 season. This year we welcome artists and productions from Canada, Germany, Côte d’Ivoire, Brazil, Australia, China, Norway, Belgium, Portugal and the Netherlands.

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