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She She Pop & Their Fathers are a Testament to Familial Ties at World Stage April 17-20, 2013

Toronto, ON (March 26, 2013) – Theatre is a window into life and the view has never been as clear as it is with Germany’s She She Pop & Their Fathers: Testament,coming to World Stage April 17-20, 2013. The production takes a tranche from Shakespeare’s King Lear and stages it between the performers of She She Pop and their real life fathers.

The conversations many try to avoid are laid bare in this work and their stark authenticity hits home hard. Examining equilibrium between generations and the often unspoken agreements made about the future, She She Pop & Their Fathers: Testament confronts love, money, power and memory from the perspectives of different branches on the same family trees.

World Stage artistic director Tina Rasmussen comments: “When you see ordinary people on stage, there is a vulnerability and accessibility that help personalize the subject matter. It’s fresh, it’s funny, it’s playful, it’s moving and it’s Shakespeare; it’s genius.”

Hot on the heels of the sold out and critically acclaimed LEAR, this production is one of three contemporary Shakespeare works in this year’s World Stage season. She She Pop & Their Fathers: Testament has been touring the world and garnering rave reviews. This production run marks the first time the company has come to Toronto.

About She She Pop
Founded in 1998, She She Pop is a performance collective based in Berlin and Hamburg consisting of seven permanent members: Sebastian Bark, Johanna Freiburg, Fanni Halmburger, Lisa Lucassen, Mieke Matzke, Ilia Papatheodorou and Berit Stumpf. She She Pop’s works deal with risk and responsibility, presenting the art of every day living and the collective challenges involved.


Opening Night Reception
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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

Dates / Times / Location
Duration: 120 minutes (in German with English surtitles)
Enwave Theatre – 231 Queens Quay West located between Queens Quay Terminal and York Quay Centre, adjacent to The Power Plant

Wed, April 17 at 8pm
Thu, April 18 at 8pm
Fri, April 19 at 8pm
Sat, April 20 at 8pm


Thursday, April 18, 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 with the artists. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

Tickets: Regular ticket packages (for three or more productions) offer discounts and exclusive partner offers, discounted parking and more. 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 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.

She She Pop & Their Fathers: Testament 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.

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