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2004/2005 contemporary dance season harmonizes with SUPERDANISH: Newfangled Danish Culture

Harbourfront Centre Dance Season presents Argentina, Canada, Denmark, Italy-Netherlands and U.S.A.

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416-973-4000

TORONTO, September 28, 2004–Harbourfront Centre Dance 2004-2005 presents a new season of renowned international and Canadian dance companies. This season, ensembles representing Argentina, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands and the U.S.A. perform at the Premiere Dance Theatre from October 12, 2004 through May 20, 2005. Harbourfront Centre's primary venue for most of these artists is the Premiere Dance Theatre, Canada’s first and only facility designed and built exclusively for the presentation of contemporary dance. Single tickets are on sale now and available through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office (416-973-4000) or through the website at www.harbourfrontcentre.com.

“The season starts with a bang with our site-wide focus on Danish contemporary culture in SUPERDANISH: Newfangled Danish Culture. The two dance selections, both Toronto premieres, represent new Danish voices in the world beyond Bournonville ballet, said Harbourfront Centre Dance Programmer, Jeanne Holmes.

"Tim Rushton, Artistic Director of New Danish Dance Theatre, has moved his company into the international eye with his sophisticated and inventive choreographies. The integration of text and video gives the two works NDDT brings to the PDT stage an urban and funky edge, all interpreted by his superb and sexy dancers. On the opposite end of the dance spectrum, we have Kitt Johnson X-act in our annual Parallel Ports co-production with DanceWorks. Kitt shows us her diverse view of the world with two works, one inspired by circus arts, the other her remarkable tour de force solo entitled Stigma. A dancer and choreographer with remarkable insight, she transforms herself before our very eyes into ethereal, sometimes eerie creatures in her sculptural, evocative dance works.

"The first half of our 2004-2005 season includes the fresh voice of Matjash Mrozewski in December, in our '04-'05 commission project, co-produced with the National Arts Centre, and Candance partners, The Vancouver East Cultural Centre and Brian Webb Dance Company in Edmonton. Matt is a choreographer known to Toronto audiences and with the full evening work Break Open Play he brings youth culture to the mainstage.

Making its season debut in November, with a tribute to Flamenco legend Carmen Amaya, Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company brings a robust energy to the season. The first half of the season sees our longtime Toronto-based partners Toronto Dance Theatre with a remount of the stellar full evening work Persephone's Lunch in November and a World Premiere by Christopher House in April, 2005. Danny Grossman Dance Company with a mixed repertoire programme in November," concludes Holmes..

The first half of the Harbourfront Centre Dance 2004-2005 season delivers two dance troupes New Danish Dance Theatre and Kitt Johnson X-act, participating in Harbourfront Centre’s illuminating fall exposition, SuperDanish: Newfangled Danish Culture, taking place September 28-December 23, 2004 with 143 individual events, over 200 artists, 21 participating organizations and 85 educational programmes for over 3,000 students, it is the most comprehensive exploration of current Danish culture ever mounted. Through December 23, visitors will have an unparalleled opportunity to experience the visual arts, architecture, design, craft, music, literature, theatre, dance, food, film and lifestyle in a glorious celebration of everything Danish. For information visit: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/superdanish.

New Danish Dance Theatre has contributed to the cultural landscape of Denmark since its creation in 1981. Under the artistic direction of choreographer Tim Rushton, the company creates dance on the cutting edge, between tradition and innovation. With nearly 80 performances a year at home and abroad their visit to Canada includes NDDT's Canadian premiere of Graffiti and Shadowland -- two pieces drawing on the work of William S. Burroughs. Both offer a choreographic investigation into the techniques of the Beat Generation, fusing words, music and dance into an experimental environment of choreography. Graffiti is an extended study and adventure of what is the underlying thesis in this company's previously produced Shadowland. Shadowland also inspired by the lyrics and music of the Beat Generation and likened to a choreographic Speakers’ Corner was originally created for two female dancers; it premiered in Copenhagen in October 2001. The newer version, produced for six dancers, fuses words, music and dance into a free-flowing experience of expressive impressions. Both works borrow text from poets Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs and marry it with a score that mixes electronica, jazz and hip-hop.
Tuesday, October 12 -Saturday, October 16

Kitt Johnson X-act (Denmark) explores the language of choreography with a unique sense for space and stage effect, and sublime body control. Her own personal expression and sureness of style have established Kitt Johnson as one of Denmark’s most respected choreographers. A co-production with DanceWorks, the performances include Stigma -- a dark enigmatic solo that investigates what it is that seperates us from others, Stigma details the inner world of images and hypnotizing movement that creates emotional magic. In her newest creation The Lemonkeepers, Kitt creates poetic, theatre fun with three men, hundreds of lemons and a blue rope. Three performers infusing elements of dance, performance, new circus, theatre and music is a beautiful and harmonius metaphysical play with movement. Stigma and The Lemonkeepers can be experienced at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre. Wednesday, October 27 - Saturday, October 30

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company (Canada)
Harbourfront Centre presents Esmerala Enrique’s company performance of Queen of the Gypsies, a Tribute to Flamenco Legend, Carmen Amaya.
“Enrique's entire Spanish Dance Company is splendid, but there is still an unmistakable collective gasp in the audience as Enrique herself makes her entrance. Her enthusiasm and artistic gifts are abundant. As always, the cheering crowd was brought to its feet as the exciting finale closed. Enrique and her company are much loved in this city and with good reason." Toronto World Arts Scene, December 2001.
Wednesday, November 3 - Sunday, November 7

Toronto Dance Theatre (Canada)
Persephone’s Lunch by Christopher House
The first of two TDT season appearances, Persephone’s Lunch is a multi-disciplinary feast for the senses. Taking its inspiration from Homer's Odyssey, it is a hymn to the beauty of the world and how that beauty can be experienced in the imagination and in the body. "Some of the most beautiful and profound moments to emerge in Canadian dance in decades." The Globe and Mail
Tuesday, November 16 - Saturday, November 20

Danny Grossman Dance Company (Canada)
Danny Grossman Dance Company opens its 27th Season with a world premiere duet by Danny Grossman at Premiere Dance Theatre, November 24--28, 2004. The premiere of Two for the Road features dancers Dion MacArthur and Eddie Kastrau in a personal exploration of themes relating to loneliness, isolation, and the necessity of love. Equalling the subtle energies of the piece is music by jazz great Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny. In keeping with the company's commitment to performing and preserving important works of our modern dance past, the programme will also include Grossman favourites Scherzi (1985), Curious School of Theatrical Dancing, Part One (1977), and Magneto Dynamo (1985), the frenetic commentary of "human pinballs set berserk in the game of life."
Thursday, November 24 - Sunday, November 28

Matjash Mrozewski (Canada)
After performances in Vancouver and Edmonton, Matjash Mrozewski’s energetic Break Open Play will come to Toronto’s Premiere Dance Theatre for performances running December 1– 4. Premiering in Ottawa last November, this first work for the Youth Commission for Dance (a National Arts Centre/Canada Council for the Arts partnership) explores creativity and coming of age. Break Open Play brings together the talents of Matjash Mrozewski, designer Samara McAdam, Vancouver-based composer Owen Belton, lighting designer Roelof Peter Snippe. This colourful and playful work is suitable for all ages.

“No wonder Matjash Mrozewki is gaining such a reputation as Canada’s most original choreographer.” The Ottawa Citizen
Wednesday, December 1 - Saturday, December 4

The second half of the season continues in 2005 with the urban sophisticates of Stephen Petronio Dance from New York City in March, Brenda Angiel Aerial Dance Company of Argentina defy gravity in April and the eccentric and original voice of Emio GrecoPC fromThe Netherlands and Italy. Montreal’s O Vertigo make a welcome return in February, celebrating its 20th anniversary with Ginette Laurin’s latest creation Passare. Rounding out the season are Toronto Dance Theatre and Dancemakers with an Ovid-inspired mixed programme in May of 2005 which is part of the city-wide Metamorphosis Festival.

Returning for the 2004/05 season, the popular DanceSpeak series continues in its Wednesday night time slot. This popular post-show question and answer period allows audience members to interact with the choreographer and company members and learn more about the creative process of dance.

Performances are at Harbourfront Centre’s Premiere Dance Theatre, 3rd floor, Queen’s Quay Terminal, 207 Queens Quay West (*except Parallel Ports, see above). All evening performances begin at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $17 to $38 with special rates for Student, Senior and Dance Professionals. Tickets on sale now through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000 or through the website at: www.harbourfrontcentre.com.

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