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Taking the NextStep: Harbourfront Centre announces an ‘on pointe’ 2013-14 dance season

TORONTO, ON (July 23, 2013) – Building on the two-time Dora Mavor Moore award-winning programming and critical praise of last season, Harbourfront Centre is thrilled to announce the lineup for NextSteps 2013-14 dance season, running from September 2013 – June 2014. Promising an extraordinary blend of style, form and cutting edge choreography, NextSteps will once again reflect the cross-cultural dimensions of Toronto and Canada through the compelling art of movement.

Cultivating and redefining dance in Canada has been an institutional priority for Harbourfront Centre for close to 40 years. During the past eight years, NextSteps has flourished into one of Canada’s largest and most renowned dance seasons. The 2013-14 programme features a dazzling spectrum of emerging and established national and international dance talent, and includes more than 20 dance companies and over 12 world premieres. From African-Caribbean ballet to flamenco dance, b-boy to Bharatanatyum, contemporary to Indigenous – this NextSteps season invites audiences to connect, explore and experience a wide range of dance styles and aesthetics.

"We all engage and respond to dance performance in different ways. It has the ability to provoke our emotions and enlighten our thoughts, tell us a compelling story and even communicate a powerful message,” suggests Lynanne Sparrow, Artistic Associate for Dance in Performing Arts at Harbourfront Centre. “We are so pleased with this year’s NextSteps season, the programming has so much to offer. We hope you’ll join us for a dance, or two, in the months to come.”

What’s your next step? Tickets go on sale August 13, 2013 via Harbourfront Centre’s Box Office. Offering ticket packages as flexible as the dancers this season, call (416) 973-4000, visit 235 Queens Quay West and/or go online for all ticket inquiries. Notable ticket offerings include the NextSteps Flex Pass, which provides savings of up to 50% (available until October 12, 2013), the CultureBreak programme for students and those 25 years and under as well as additional discounts for seniors and arts industry professionals.

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NextSteps 2013/14 Season Lineup:

DanceWorks DW202 firstthingsfirst productions – with a trace
Sept. 19-21, 2013 (Enwave Theatre)
Tickets: $18.75-37.25
Looking back and looking ahead, Kate Franklin and Kate Holden invite the audience to meet them in this present moment. With guest artists Peggy Baker, Valerie Calam, Mélanie Demers and Marc Boivin.

ProArteDanza – Season 2013
Oct. 2-5, 2013 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $18-39
Featuring the premiere of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony – 3rd Movement by Roberto Campanella and Robert Glumbek, Fractals by Guillaume Côté and Shifting Silence from Robert Glumbek.

Toronto Dance Theatre – A New Work by Christopher House
Nov. 6-9, 2013 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $20-40
Riding a fresh wave of kinetic excitement, Toronto Dance Theatre returns with a major new work by Christopher House set to the joyful, driving music of American composer Steve Reich.

Margie Gillis Dance Foundation – The Light Between
Nov. 12-13, 2013 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $25-35
A blissful state of transition and transformation, where the visible and invisible meet. In this new work, the extraordinary Margie Gillis and her collaborators reveal a strangely familiar and radiant world.

DanceWorks DW203 605 Collective – New Animal
Nov. 15-16, 2013 (Enwave Theatre)
Tickets: $18.75-37.25
New Animal is a raw and ferocious work by acclaimed choreographer Dana Gingras, exploiting the extreme versatility of 605’s five performers, reclaiming their animal bodies as a means to become fully human.

Ritmo Flamenco Dance and Music Ensemble – Danzas Sagradas
Nov. 15-16, 2013 (Studio Theatre)
Tickets: $25-30
Award-winning flamenco dancer/ choreographer, Anjelica Scannura, unveils a masterful performance inspired by the revolutionary painting Guernica by Pablo Picasso. She embodies the timeless message of the painting through flamenco dance, music, visual art and film.

Ballet Creole – Soulful Messiah
Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, 2013 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $20-45
Shout “hallelujah” for the return of Ballet Creole’s signature holiday offering. This production infuses tap, African-Caribbean, ballet, jazz and modern into a unique holiday classic soulfully danced to the soundtrack of Quincy Jones’ Grammy Award- winning rendition of Handel’s Messiah.

Janak Khendry Dance Company – Paradise Lost
Dec. 6-8, 2013 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $28-36
Unraveling John Milton’s Paradise Lost: the fall of Satan, the temptation of Adam and Eve and the expulsion from the Garden of Eden, transforming the mysteries of this great literary work into dance form.

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre – WinterSong – dances for a sacred season
Dec. 13-14, 2013 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $22.50-38
WinterSong will warm the hearts of family audiences with its breathtaking tapestry of seasonal dance. Celebrate the holidays with some of Canada’s most exciting dance artists inspired by the world’s rich solstice traditions.

Dance Ontario in association with Harbourfront Centre – DanceWeekend ‘14
Jan. 17-19, 2014 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $10 minimum donation
Unparalled, unbelievable and totally unique. From ballet, b-boying and Bharatanatyam to jazz, flamenco, contemporary, Middle Eastern, Indian and African styles, as well as performances from the heart-stopping to the foot stomping! Plus world premieres from two gifted choreographers.

DanceWorks DW204 Signal Theatre – A Soldier’s Tale
Feb. 20-22, 2014 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $18.75-37.25
A Soldier’s Tale is a new dance theatre work by Michael Greyeyes that explores the aftermath of war on the soldiers who wage it and their families who survive its consequences with them.

DanceWorks DW205 – Kevin O’Day and Robert Glumbek – The Four Seasons
Mar. 6-8, 2014 (Enwave Theatre)
Tickets: $18.75-37.25
The Four Seasons is a personal work with two middle-aged men pondering the cycle of life and its various stages – blossoming, standing still, looking back and letting go.

Kalanidhi Fine Arts of Canada – New Directions in Indian Dance
Mar. 13-16, 2014 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $20-35
Celebrating 25 years in Canada, artistic director Sudha Khandwani explores new trends in Indian dance through performances and symposia with live streaming between Toronto and other parts of the world.

Jasmyn Fyffe and Natasha Powell – Gimme One Riddim: A Dance-Theatre Production
Mar. 27-29, 2014 (Enwave Theatre)
Tickets: $25-30
Ska music – a new sound, a new musical revolution, a new creation of history influencing the island of Jamaica and the world forever. Set in the 1960s this captivating production, co-choreographed by Jasmyn Fyffe and Natasha Powell, takes you on a journey through the island’s new freedom soundtrack.

dance Immersion – Expressions...Now
Apr. 4-5, 2014 (Enwave Theatre)
Tickets: $18-30
dance Immersion returns with an evening of dance featuring critically acclaimed Azaguno under the artistic directorship of Dr. Zelma Badu-Younge and Dr. Paschal Younge (Ohio) and KasheDance under artistic director, Kevin Ormsby (Toronto). Both companies embody a myriad of dance expressions that has informed their own personal work with expressions that is now.

Arabesque Dance Company & Orchestra – Sawah (Wanderer)
Apr. 10-13, 2014 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $19-39
Creative, contemporary sensibilities steeped in a rich and ancient Arabian tradition. Fifteen dance artists, seven musicians and 12 drummers explore Middle Eastern dance nuance and discover its influences and uniqueness.

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company
Apr. 24-27, 2014 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $23-45
This company, consisting of Canadian and Spanish dance artists, delivers flamenco’s powerful impact with elegance and passion. Come fall under its spell.

DanceWorks DW206 BBoyizm
Apr. 25-26, 2014 (Enwave Theatre)
Tickets: $18.75-37.25
With his new creation, Crazy Smooth (Yvon Soglo) tackles themes of love expressed via camaraderie, community, aggression, romance and joy. Can love be expressed through the bravado of street dance?

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre – NeoIndigenA – Mixed Works
May 1-3, 2014 (Enwave Theatre)
Tickets: $20-30
In this adventure from other worldly light to the dark serpentine and ritual animalism, artistic director Santee Smith begs the question, “What if colonization never happened?” NeoIndigenA explores a futuristic IndigenA traversing through Skyworld, Underworld and Earthworlds.

Little Pear Garden Collective – Venom of Love
May 15-17, 2014 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $15-30
Inspired by the Chinese mystical legend of the white snake, choreographer and artistic director Emily Cheung recreates the story that focuses on sensational romance, jealousy, abandonment and sacrifice.

Ballet Creole – Spring Rites
May 22-24, 2014 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $20-45
Presenting their 24th spring season, Ballet Creole’s artistic director, Patrick Parson breathes new life into his classical piece Spring Rites. Associate choreographer Gabby Kamino provides a bold new choreography for an exciting evening of dance.

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre – FULCRUM
May 30-31, 2014 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $22.50-38
“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it and I shall move the world.” – Archimedes 287-212 BC. Featuring the world premiere of Anomykz by Ofilio Portillo commissioned by Harbourfront Centre.

Menaka Thakkar Dance Company – In Search of the Other Ganesh
Jun. 5-8, 2014 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $20-35
Award-winning choreographer Menaka Thakkar (Walter Carsen Prize 2012, Governor General’s Life Achievement Award 2013) presents the world premiere of In Search of the Other Ganesh in Bharatanatyam and Kalariapayattu dance.

Harbourfront Centre is passionate about dance. NextSteps, Harbourfront Centre’s national dance series, brings the very best in Canadian dance to Toronto audiences, showcasing the depth, energy and diversity of established and emerging choreographers and companies. The 2013-14 season, running September to June, offers an incredible spectrum of dance. Harbourfront Centre supports Canada’s I Love Dance manifesto.

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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