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The Radio Show turns up the frequency at Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage Feb. 5-8 – #artlive

TORONTO, ON (January 9, 2014) – Harbourfront Centre welcomes multi-award-winning dancer and choreographer Kyle Abraham and his New York-based dance company Abraham.In.Motion to World Stage with the Canadian premiere of The Radio Show (Feb. 5-8). Through sophisticated choreography and the company’s highly physical and expressive athleticism, Abraham explores his personal history, cultural identity and two contrasting instances of loss in this critically acclaimed work.

Through a blending of dance disciplines and the creation of an eclectic score, Pittsburgh native Abraham creates an abstract narrative around the loss of communication. Born and raised in the hip hop culture of the late 1970s, The Radio Show is Abraham’s elegy to the music played on the only two urban-format radio stations in his hometown. In 2009, both stations abruptly went off the air. The same year, Abraham’s father lost his language to Alzheimer’s and aphasia. This semi-autobiographical choreographic work contains a profound emotional arc, as Abraham and his company investigate the poignant implications of losing a parent and the simultaneous silencing of a community’s soundtrack.

“The seven dancers of Abraham.In.Motion bring a lot to the table with The Radio Show,” explains Tina Rasmussen, artistic director of World Stage. “They’ve refashioned elements of street, hip hop and modern dance to a score that’s both catchy and nostalgic. Kyle Abraham bravely explores the notion of identity in relation to his personal history. He invites us all on a journey through his past, sharing stories of love and loss through a dance that is both provocative and sensual.”

A self-described ”rave kid,” Abraham had no formal dance training until his final year of high school. Now recognized as one of the brightest emerging creative talents in North America’s dance community, he is a proud recipient of the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award (2012), 2012 USA Ford Fellow, 2010 Bessie Award-winner for Outstanding Performance in Dance and, most recently, a 2013 MacArthur Fellows (“Genius Grant”) Program inductee. The work of Abraham.In.Motion is timeless, socially relevant and enables opportunities for audiences to reflect on the human experience through dance.

Tickets for The Radio Show and other World Stage 2014 programmes are available via Harbourfront Centre’s Box Office. Patrons can call 416-973-4000, visit 235 Queens Quay West and/or go online for all ticket inquiries.

For full company and performance information, including photos, videos and details surrounding World Stage Extras, please visit harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage and connect with the season on Facebook and Twitter using @WorldStageTO #artlive.

Please visit harbourfrontcentre.com/gettinghere for information about getting here during the Queens Quay revitalization.

WORLD STAGE EXTRAS – THE RADIO SHOW

Series 8:08 - Dance as Identity Workshop with Kyle Abraham
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 11a.m.- 1p.m., Dovercourt House, Dovehouse Ballroom
To accompany The Radio Show, Kyle Abraham presents artists with an opportunity to use dance as a platform for generating and exploring dialogue about gender and sexuality. Conversations sway between the social and political, stereotypical and biased, and that which is private and present. This workshop is first and foremost safe and educational. A vow of confidentiality must be understood and taken seriously. Open to participants with various arts backgrounds; registration required. For media inquires, please contact Chrissi Forte at cforte@harbourfrontcentre.com.

The Radio Show – Opening Night Pre-show Event
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. – Fleck Dance Theatre
In an effort to further understand the seemingly complex world of contemporary performance, World Stage invites ticket holders to attend an opening night artist talk and celebration with complimentary freshly brewed tea. This pre-show conversation will be hosted by a well-informed industry practitioner, who will facilitate a friendly, informal chat with patrons to help shed light on some of the ideas and approaches found within the piece. Cup, saucer and programming provided and curated by World Stage. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of The Radio Show.

The Radio Show – Talkshow
Thursday, Feb. 6, Immediately following the performance – Fleck Dance Theatre
Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion discuss their work and The Radio Show with World Stage audience members through conversation facilitated by curated guest hosts. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to The Radio Show.

ABOUT WORLD STAGE
Since 1986, World Stage has evolved into Canada’s most diverse season-length international contemporary performance series. Every year, Harbourfront Centre brings innovative and groundbreaking performance leaders from both the international and local arts community to World Stage. Committed to bold curation and audience accessibility, World Stage programming continues to foster opportunities for cultural development and the artistic exchange of ideas. Following last year’s Dora Mavor Moore Award-winning season, World Stage 2014 features nine groundbreaking international contemporary performance works, welcoming artists and productions from Finland, Sweden, Germany, England, South Africa, United States and Canada.

ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
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
Chrissi Forte
Office: 416-973-4342 | Cell: 416-704-0774
cforte@harbourfrontcentre.com


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