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NextSteps announces the 2013 CanAsian International Dance Festival lineup at Harbourfront Centre
May 1-4, 2013

Toronto, ON (April 9, 2013) – Butoh, whirling and beyond! Cultivating performances from the 2013 CanAsian International Dance Festival will take place at Harbourfront Centre on May 1-4, 2013. The full festival runs from April 28-May 12 with interactive workshop offerings and special features all around the city.

This year’s expanded programming will showcase traditional and contemporary dance performances inspired by Asian ideas and expressions. Boasting performances, film and artists from Singapore, Japan Austria and Canada, this year’s festival is a must-see for the cultural connoisseur.

The CanAsian International Dance Festival is a biennial event encompassing performances, films and workshops that reflect dance traditions from across Asia. Led by Artistic Director Denise Fujiwara, CanAsian Dance has earned critical acclaim for its world-class programming, which includes this year’s festival as well as annual artistic, educational and professional development activities.

Dates / Times / Location
Fleck Dance Theatre – 3rd Floor, Queen’s Quay Terminal, 207 Queens Quay West

Wed, May 1 at 8 p.m.
Thu, May 2 at 8 p.m.
Fri, May 3 at 8:30 p.m.
Sat, May 4 at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Late night events

Thu May 2 at 10 p.m.
Fri, May 3 at 10 p.m.
Sat, May 4 at 10 p.m.

Festival Performance Details

May 1 and May 2, 2013 – 8 p.m. Mainstage A

inDance (Canada/Singapore) – World premiere! A collaboration with Singapore’s Bhaskar’s Arts Academy, I, Cyclops is a post-modern, pan-Asian, multimedia dream of seductive eyes and Winnipeg snow; erotic poetry and red silk; marigolds and monsoons and much more.
Susan Lee (Canada)Trace Elements explores the delicate interplay between inner perception and outer representation in the experience and creation of self.
Joceylne Montpetit (Canada) – Inspired by a book by Hijikata, La danseuse malade (The Ailing Dancer) explores the different facets of the body, which are spun with invisible threads through time and space, and where illness becomes a source for creation.

May 3 and May 4, 2013 – 8:30 p.m. Mainstage B
Taketeru Kudo (Japan) – One of the leading Butoh artists of his generation, Taketeru Kudo peforms his haunting solo, A Vessel of Ruins.

May 2, May 3 and May 4, 2013 – 10:00p.m. - FREE

WestJet Stage, Harbourfront Centre
Ziya Azazi (Austria)Ember: Trapped in Fire is a spectacular work of experimental whirling concerned with self-destruction, the pain of the awareness of mortality, and the inevitable ending within the continuous cycle of life.

May 4, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. – Fleck Dance Theatre
Film ScreeningThe Space in Back of You by Richard Rutowski

Tickets: NextSteps tickets are on sale now! Festival passes and multi-show discounts available! Single tickets are available anytime via our box office by calling 416-973-4000, Tuesday to Saturday, 1-6pm, or online at

New this year: workshops in contemplative arts. For the full festival schedule and workshop details, please visit

NextSteps, Harbourfront Centre's national dance series, brings the very best in Canadian dance from across the country – and around the globe – to Toronto's finest performance stages. The 2012-13 season, running September to May, features 25 companies, each one showcasing the incredible spectrum of dance within our country.

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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Media Contact:
Janet Damianopoulos
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At CanAsian Dance:
Jefferson Darrell

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