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Harbourfront Centre goes SUPERDANISH In Fall 2004

Harbourfront Centre presents -
Newfangled Danish Culture
Sept. 28 - Nov. 30, 2004

TORONTO, January 6, 2004-Harbourfront Centre today announced an extraordinary 9-week exploration of and exposition on the contemporary arts and culture of Denmark. This multi-disciplinary perspective organized by Harbourfront Centre in cooperation with the Danish Arts Agency, the Royal Danish Embassy, the Danish Film Institute, Danish Crafts and the Danish Architecture Centre will have been more than two and a half years in the making when it is opened on September 28, 2004 by Prince Joachim of Denmark. The vast menu of events will take place at Harbourfront Centre and other cultural venues in downtown Toronto throughout October and November 2004.

Entitled SUPERDANISH: Newfangled Danish Culture, this unprecedented event will provide a fascinating / cliche-busting look inside Denmark's current cultural scene featuring the latest in Danish design and architecture, dance, film, literature, music and opera, theatre, visual arts and craft.

Harbourfront Centre Chief Executive Officer, William J. S. Boyle stated: "We are very excited about the wealth of groundbreaking artistic expressions we have discovered in Denmark and are thrilled at the possibility of presenting it to Canadian audiences. Our partnership with the Danish Arts Agency allows us to bring a multi-faceted overview of current Danish culture to our large audience base in Toronto. There will be many surprises and discoveries in store."

Poul Bache, Director of the Danish Arts Agency, said: "We are very pleased and proud that Harbourfront Centre will put a spotlight on Danish art for two entire months. At the moment, Danish art has great international potential and a strong position in Europe. A festival in Toronto will provide Danish artists with the opportunity to introduce themselves to the North American public, and I am happy to be able to provide them with a helping hand to establish what I hope will be many good contacts over there."

SUPERDANISH is one of a series of major international initiatives undertaken by Harbourfront Centre over its 30-year history which has focused on the contemporary cultural scene in individual countries such as Japan, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden. These one-country expositions complement the Centre's regular programme of international festivals and events and expand its overall mandate of placing Canadian culture within a broad international context.

A highlight of SUPERDANISH will be the stunning production of The Handmaid's Tale by Poul Ruders and Paul Bentley, based on the well-known Margaret Atwood novel. The Canadian Opera Companyproduction, an integral part of the COC 2004/05 opera season, will feature a Canadian cast with sets and costumes from the Royal Danish Opera. Under the musical direction of COC General Director Richard Bradshaw with Director Phyllida Lloyd, The Handmaid's Tale brings fresh insight and interpretation to Atwood's disturbing vision of the future.

Another highlight of SUPERDANISH will be Too Perfect, an exhibition initiated by Harbourfront Centre and curated by Bruce Mau Design working with the Danish Architecture Centre in Copenhagen. Too Perfect will be presented in the Fall of 2004 in three cities simultaneously: in Toronto at Harbourfront Centre's The Power Plant, in Copenhagen at the Danish Architecture Centre, and in Venice as Denmark's official entry in the Venice Biennale of Architecture. For the past 40 years, Danish design has been known around the world for its elegance and craftsmanship. Too Perfect will pay homage to that heritage and, in the form of a series of "pragmatic utopias," look at how contemporary Danish design and architecture has the capacity to produce new ideas for the way we live - around the world.

Harbourfront Centre's 25th annual International Festival of Authors will showcase the wealth of Denmark's extraordinary literary talent. A diverse group of Danish authors will be presented at one of the world's most important annual literary events (October 20-30, 2004). The IFOA brings together over 150 participants from 20 countries for readings, interviews, talks and panel discussions.

SUPERDANISH promises to be one of the highlights of Toronto's cultural calendar for 2004 and one of the most comprehensive international festivals ever held in the city. A range of exciting events will be announced over the next several months. Call 416-973-4000 or log on to for updates and details.

SUPERDANISH is made possible through the financial support of the Danish Arts Agency. The Danish Arts Agency is an agency of the Government of Denmark responsible for international cultural exchange and a variety of domestic and international communication and information duties.

Harbourfront Centre is a non-profit organization, which provides world-renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation at a collection of distinctive venues on the 10-acre site it manages at the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.

Media Contacts:
Bruce Hutchinson, Director of Marketing - Media Relations
Bill Bobek
Media Relations, Harbourfront Centre
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