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Harbourfront Centre’s annual performing arts residency programme HATCH
Returns this spring April – May 2013

TORONTO, ON (January, 2013) – Harbourfront Centre’s annual performing arts residency programme, HATCH, returns this spring with some of the most original, exciting and fresh voices this city has to offer. Audience members are invited to witness and participate in the creative process, assisting artists in bringing these new visions to life.

“HATCH is a phenomenon of the spring: a seeding of fresh new ideas into the Toronto cultural landscape, a time of reinvention.” ~ Artistic Director, Guest Curator, Trevor Schwellnus

Trevor Schwellnus is a Toronto-based scenographer, designing sets, lighting, and video for performance with independent artists. He has been awarded three Doras (of 11 career nominations), a Harold, and a Childrens' Choice Award. His most recent work Ajax & Little Iliad by Frank Cox-O'Connell and Evan Webber premiered at Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage 2012.

For nearly a decade, HATCH has produced and nurtured numerous projects which have gone onto to presentations around the world, including Hannah Moscovitch’s The Russian Play, Aluna Theatre’s Nohayquiensepa and Small Wooden Shoe's Dedicated to the Revolutions and most recently LEAR by Philip McKee, which premieres in Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage 2013.

This year's HATCH artists offer a look at how we live together, how we sing of the things we desire, and how we dance the things we do. What makes a community? How does our work fit into that process? These questions will trigger a month of conversations and performance that dig into our diversity, dissent, and common curiosities.

Following each HATCH presentation, there will be a brief Q&A where the audience is invited to engage and interact with the artists, along with a post-performance reception, where the audience can discuss the work with the creative team and other audience members. Feedback is not only welcome, but encouraged.

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HATCH 2013 Season Schedule
*PLEASE NOTE: All performances take place in Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre – 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

love takes the worry out of being close: public assemblies in bed with queers
Reena Katz
Saturday, April 13, 8pm
A fabulous reimagining of John and Yoko’s iconic bed-ins. It’s 2013 and our bodies are still in trouble! Come talk politics with LGBTQ folks in our public honeymoon suite. Expect flowers, respectful debate, radical facilitation and queen-sized love.

Through collective talking, whispering, yelling and listening, Katz considers bodies as sites of knowledge, and communication as a social practice. She investigates how human bodies are interdependent, failing and empathic. Her installations, recordings and live performances occur in galleries, online, and most often, in public spaces. Katz's HATCH residency marks her first foray into a theatrical space. Her projects have been exhibited and performed across North America. She is the 2012 recipient of the Social Justice Fellowship at Eugene Lang College, and 2013 resident artist at New York’s Flux Factory.

Our Last Picture
Andréa de Keijzer / Compagnie Je suis Julio
Saturday, April 20, 8pm
This choreographic experiment examines the moments before and after a photograph, a performance and an event. In this skillfully wrought ‘dance cover’ of Esthel Vogrig’s Mi Ultima Foto, de Keijzer challenges conventional notions of originality and authorship in the creation process by building onto an existing conversation about the photograph as certificate of presence that conceals a map of past and shared existence.

Andréa de Keijzer, member of Compangnie Je suis Julio, is a performance, photography and video artist originally from México and Costa Rica who is currently based in Montréal and Toronto. Her work is a collection of situations, experiments, performances and rituals that invite both performer and audience to return to their senses. de Keijzer studied dance and kinesiology at York University and since graduating in 2009 has performed and presented her work in Montréal, Toronto, Colombia, France and Spain. For this project she is collaborating with Cara Spooner, Arielle Warnke, Joannie Douville, Ariane Boulet, Madeleine Shen and Erin Robinsong.

9 Loons
Eventual Ashes
Saturday, April 27, 8pm
The real estate market finally collapses.
33 years from now, imagine a city with stacks upon stacks of empty condos.
Who would come to nest? People can adapt to anything. We can turn glass boxes into shelter, slabs of concrete into dinner tables, abandoned buildings into homes. But do we care enough to create community?

Eventual Ashes is a Toronto-based performing arts company that produces and presents interdisciplinary work with strong narratives. We aim to create works that stimulate audience discussion. Formed in 2008, director, playwright, composer and video artist Gein Wong serves as artistic director. She met director Esther Jun in 2011, with whom she shares a strong aesthetic sensibility for large-scale interdisciplinary works incorporating traditional and contemporary forms. They have since created Intent City at Wychwood Barns and Hiding Words (for you) at Harbourfront Centre.

Winterreise Projekt
Winterreise Collective
Saturday, May 4, 8pm
A cross-disciplinary exploration of Franz Schubert’s celebrated song cycle through the personal lens of diverse Canadian theatre artists. Part concert, part play, part dance, and part memoir, Winterreise Projekt weaves the classic and the contemporary, the public and the private, into a distinctly Canadian tapestry of winter.

The Winterreise Collective is comprised of some of Toronto’s finest diverse artists spanning disciplines including theatre, dance, music, scenography, lighting and projection design. Brought together by a desire for design-driven, collaborative storytelling, the Winterreise Collective seeks to create relevant works that probe and deconstruct our distinct Canadian Diaspora communities and their pasts through a contemporary lens. Collective members include multidisciplinary artists Kawa Ada, Derek Kwan and Hazel Venzon, Dora award-winning director Nina Lee Aquino and multi-award winning designers Camelia Koo and Michelle Ramsay.

Buy a HATCH Pass and SAVE! Get your HATCH Pass (which includes tickets to all four productions) for only $40.
Individual tickets: $15
Students, seniors and arts professionals: $12
Call 416-973-4000

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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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