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A Dance Tribute to the Art of Football Scores at World Stage
April 10-13, 2013

Toronto, ON (March 13, 2013) – Sports and dance fans alike can come see the world’s most popular game in a new light with Norwegian Jo Strømgren Kompani’s A Dance Tribute to the Art of Football taking on World Stage April 10-13, 2013. Intense physicality is combined with quirky humour in celebration of a global obsession. With production support from BMO Financial Group, A Dance Tribute to the Art of Football is exhilarating, passionate and tremendously fun.

A Dance Tribute to the Art of Football seeks to bridge sport and art and to underscore their similarities with humour, energy and superb physical feats. From the locker room to the pitch, football is revealed as an art and a passion that binds people together with athletic prowess and aesthetic appreciation.

World Stage 2013 artistic director Tina Rasmussen comments: “This piece is a gift for us to compare the arena of performance to athletes, as sculptors of their space and as members of an ensemble having an end goal to play out.”

Advisory: contains partial nudity. Suggested age: 12

Founded in 1998, Jo Strømgren Kompani has traversed the globe, carving out a niche for itself as one of Scandinavia’s most established independent dance troupes. Artistic director Jo Strømgren is a dancer, choreographer, scriptwriter and director. Having worked with the Vienna State Opera Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet and the Norwegian National Ballet among others, he is one of the most esteemed dance theatre directors in Europe.


Inside the Show – Series 8:08 Alternative Technique Class
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Dovercourt House, First Floor

Learn and rehearse repertoire from the performance, A Dance Tribute to the Art of Football and experience a new logic. Open to all professional and pre-professional dance artists, this workshop offers a unique introduction to the work and artistic world of Jo Strømgren Kompani. The workshop will be given by two of Jo Strømgren Kompani’s experienced dancers, Mikkel Are Olsenlund and Jan Nicolai Wesnes. Join Mikkel and Jan in an artist talk after the workshop.

Opening Night Reception with company members
Hosted by the Norwegian Embassy
Wednesday, April 10, 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.

Thursday, April 11, 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: 60 minutes
Fleck Dance Theatre – 3rd Floor, Queens Quay Terminal, 207 Queens Quay West
Wed, April 10 at 8 p.m.
Thu, April 11 at 8 p.m.
Fri, April 12 at 8 p.m.
Sat, April 13 at 8 p.m.

Tickets: 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

Harbourfront Centre’s Youth and Student Discount Programme
CultureBreak is a performance discount programme designed for 13- to 25-year-old arts and culture cravers and/or students of all ages. All participating events will offer tickets at a reduced rate or, better yet, absolutely FREE!

Bring the whole team
Groups of 10 or more receive 20% off single ticket prices. Contact our Box Office to order.

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

A Dance Tribute to the Art of Football 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.

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.

For more than 195 years, BMO Financial Group has believed in community reinvestment and corporate and social responsibility in the communities it serves. In 2012, BMO contributed more than $87.6 million in donations, sponsorships and events in Canada and the United States to groups, organizations and programs that help build and sustain resilient, vital and healthy communities.

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