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UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW reveals the ‘naked’ truth about identity politics at Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage Feb. 12-15 – #artlive

TORONTO, ON (Jan. 13, 2014) – Brooklyn-based playwright and provocateuse Young Jean Lee returns to Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage with the Canadian premiere of the critically acclaimed UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW (Feb. 12-15). Without dialogue, clothing or traditional gender signifiers on stage, six performers shake up gender norms and confront matters of sameness, differentiation and the seven stages of womanhood in this unconventional and highly adventurous dance-narrative.

Developed and choreographed by Young Jean Lee, Faye Driscoll and Morgan Gould, UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW is a daring theatrical experiment. Challenging and inspiring from start to finish, Lee’s bold choice to outfit the cast in the nude for the duration of the one-hour performance was a calculated risk worth taking. The cast consists of five women and one gender non-conforming person; through lengthy exposure to ‘the nude’ on stage, the audience is encouraged to see beyond the performers’ gendered bodies and discover the beauty of one’s self-affirmation.

From friendship to fantasy, love making to child birth, UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW uses an extravagant blend of tableaux, dance, pantomime comedy sketches, film, mask and movement to reveal various stages and ages of womanhood. The individual quirks and traits of each performer are embraced and celebrated through the show’s liberating choreography-like movement (and costuming) and disparate body types.

“UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW is witty and provocative,” explains Tina Rasmussen, artistic director of World Stage. “There’s a unique energy about this show that’s moving, thought-provoking and visually captivating. Young Jean Lee is fearless when it comes to breaking new aesthetic ground in the industry, we’re thrilled to have her back at World Stage this season.”

Young Jean Lee began writing plays based on the advice of her therapist following the abandonment of her PhD on King Lear. Instructed by her playwriting mentor and Brooklyn-based teacher, Mac Wellman, to ”write plays based on the worst idea imaginable,“ Lee has now written and directed nine shows in New York and has toured her work to over 20 cities around the world. Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company was founded in 2003 and is an Obie Award-winning company.

Harbourfront Centre presented the Canadian premiere of Lee’s play THE SHIPMENT during the 2012 season of World Stage. The hilarious and shocking production was praised by audiences and critics alike and was later nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award in the Outstanding Touring Production category that year.

Tickets for UNTITLED FEMINIST 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.

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UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW – Opening Night Pre-Show Event
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 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 UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW.

Thursday, Feb. 13, Immediately following the performance – Fleck Dance Theatre
Young Jean Lee’s Theatre Company discuss their work and UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW with World Stage audience members through conversation facilitated by curated guest hosts. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW.

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.

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.

Chrissi Forte
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