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Find out what we are saying at World Stage with Ame Henderson/Public Recordings - presented in association with the Power Plant

Toronto, ON (April 11, 2013) – The world premiere of what we are saying from Toronto-based choreographer Ame Henderson/Public Recordings resounds at World Stage May 22-25. Artists working in sound, visual arts, theatre and dance join forces to create an acoustic arena that blurs the line between performers and audience members.

Varying its specific content on a nightly basis to complement changing audiences, the work asks: What can we say about our future and how do we say it together? Language and movement are the vehicles used to explore the central questions of what we are saying. Building on findings from previous Public Recordings projects, relay and 300 TAPES, responses to uncertainty, potential danger and opportunity prompt the audience to consider the radical possibility of a “leaderless togetherness”.

In the spirit of collaborative experimentation, participating artists have congregated on Toronto Island, at Artscape’s Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts, working through the intricacies of sound and design in preparation for the production’s run. Following the world premiere at World Stage, what we are saying will travel to Montreal for Festival TransAmériques.

World Stage artistic director Tina Rasmussen comments: “What is really different about Ame’s approach is that she looks at choreography as a social experiment. We’re dealing with everyone’s own individuality and how we come together as a group – how do we negotiate that?”

About Ame Henderson
Ame Henderson is a Toronto based choreographer and the Artistic Director of Public Recordings. Her approach to art is experimental and her work is international in scope, maintaining collaborations with artists from multiple disciplines and continents. Ame’s past works, relay, The Most We Together We’ve Ever Been, /Dance/Songs/, Manual for Incidence, and 300 TAPES have been presented in The Netherlands, Croatia, France, Italy and all across Canada. Recently, she created a performance concert with Buck 65 for Summerworks 2012, and regularly collaborates with Dancemakers and Small Wooden Shoe.

About Public Recordings
Established in 2003, Public Recordings is an atelier that explores and shares choreographic experimentation through artistic research, performance creation, publication and education. Since its inception, the company has been supporting and promoting the works of Ame Henderson and her collaborators. Public Recordings is recognized for its distinctive style that incorporates ideas and aesthetics from other disciplines and questions recognized performance models.

Co-produced by Harbourfront, Dance4 (Nottingham), and Festival TransAmériques (Montreal) in association with The Power Plant (Toronto). Developed in residency at Dance4, OBORO (Montreal) and Gallery TPW (Toronto).


Series 8:08 Alternative Technique Class – what we are saying: Performance Encounter
Sunday, May 5, 2013

Participants will be invited into an immersive performance environment where Public Recordings’ collaborating artists will introduce the working principles and performance strategies from their newest work, what we are saying.

The workshop is open to all interested participants. Artist talk to follow.

For registration info and complete details, see:

In Conversation with Ame Henderson and Johanna Householder, Chair criticism, and curatorial practice at the Ontario College of Art and Design
The Theatre Centre Pop-Up, 1095 Queen St. West
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 7 pm – FREE

Join Ame and Johanna for a talk about the upcoming show at the PowerPlant.

Opening Night Reception
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

World Stage goes deeper to deliver a more in-depth performance experience. We invite you to join Ame Henderson/Public Recordings (Canada) and the World Stage team for food, drinks and discussion at our opening night reception. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

hosted by Jacob Korczynski
Thursday, May 23, 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, hosted by independent curator Jacob Korczynski. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

Dates / Times / Location
Duration: 60 minutes
The Power Plant – 231 Queens Quay West located between Queens Quay Terminal and York Quay Centre

Wed, May 22 at 7pm
Thu, May 23 at 7pm
Fri, May 24 at 7pm
Sat, May 25 at 7pm

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

what we are saying 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.

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