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Harbourfront Centre welcomes six new productions to NextSteps dance season – #danceTO

TORONTO, ON (February 3, 2014) – Harbourfront Centre introduces six new productions to the world renowned NextSteps dance season, running now until June. Welcoming work from local dance companies including Toronto’s dance Immersion, The Chimera Project, Rina Singha and Lua Shayenne & Co. as well as international hip hop mentor and dance sensation Jonzi D from UK’s Breakin’ Convention from Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

NextSteps at Harbourfront Centre continues to invite local audiences to connect, explore and experience a wide range of dance styles and movement aesthetics produced by some of the best dance companies Toronto and Canada have to offer. Featuring a unique blend of established and emerging movement artists, NextSteps aims to bring the very best in Canadian dance to Toronto while providing a safe environment for new work to be developed and showcased. Programmes including The Chimera Project’s Fresh Blood and Breakin’ Convention’s Open Art Surgery serve as incubators for the development of new work in Canadian dance.

"This year marks Harbourfront Centre’s 40th anniversary and throughout this time we’ve become a home for Canada’s dance community,” shares Lynanne Sparrow, Artistic Associate for Dance in Performing Arts at Harbourfront Centre. “We’re excited about the breadth of activity that NextSteps has to offer for the next half of the season - from emerging artist development to festivals, new dance companies to others that have danced on our stages for decades. Together, these artists have - and will - help shape Harbourfront Centre’s legacy in the dance community for years to come.”

Tickets for NextSteps performances are available via Harbourfront Centre’s Box Office located at 235 Queens Quay West, by phone at (416) 973-4000 or online. Notable ticket offerings include the CultureBreak programme for students and those 25 years and under as well as additional discounts for seniors and arts industry professionals.

For full company and performance information, including photos, videos and artist interviews, please visit harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps and connect with dance @HarbourfrontTO #DanceTO.

For information about getting here during the Queens Quay revitalization, visit harbourfrontcentre.com/gettinghere.

NextSteps 2014 Lineup:

Note: (*) indicates new programming

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.

(*) dance Immersion – Celebrating Our Men in Dance
Feb. 6-8, 2014 (Enwave Theatre)
Celebrating Our Men in Dance brings some of Canada’s finest male choreographers to the forefront in a showcase that highlights the many ideas and expressions by dance artists of African descent. This Black History Month presentation features an inter-generational cast from across the country that will share dance works displaying the many perspectives from our men in dance. Nine diverse choreographers will grace the stage with works that include traditional and contemporary African, breakdancing, contemporary, dancehall and more. Audiences will embark on a journey full of expressions that will take you to the edge of your seat as you connect to the movement being presented.

(*) The Chimera Project – Fresh Blood
Feb. 11-12, 2014 (Enwave Theatre)
Fifteen groundbreaking choreographers showcase their innovative and surprising works in five minutes or less. Come see emerging, contemporary creators in diverse dance forms redefine the future of Canadian dance.

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.

(*) Rina Singha – Circle of Bricks: Rhythms of Kathak Dance
Mar. 20-22, 2014 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
A tribute to Rina Singha’s master Guru Shambhu Maharaj, Circle of Bricks presents the traditional patterns and intricate technique of kathak (one of eight styles of Indian classical dance) while highlighting the expressive joy and excitement that comes from allowing rhythm to decorate and guide body movement.

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.

(*) Body Percussion Festival
Mar. 28-30, 2014 (Studio Theatre)
Tickets: $25-30.50
The inaugural Body Percussion Festival features dance, voice and movement arts that create rhythm through the body. Through an array of forms such as step and clog, gumboot, hambone, flamenco, kathak and beatboxing, these artists share their virtuosity in a spirit of spontaneity and play. Curated by Viv Moore, the programme features lively cross-disciplinary performances by local, national and international artists, who celebrate all the ways the body makes music. The first of its kind in Canada.

(*) Breakin’ Convention – Open Art Surgery
Mar. 29, 2014 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Jonzi D, Breakin’ Convention’s artistic director, will lead a week-long choreographic residency for street dancers that will culminate in a public showing and discussion on March 29 in the Fleck Dance Theatre. Harbourfront Centre is thrilled to bring Open Art Surgery to Toronto – way of our colleagues at Sadler’s Wells in the United Kingdom.

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.

(*) Lua Shayenne & Co. – Cos.mo.pol.i.tan
May 29 – Jun.1, 2014 (Studio Theatre)
cos.mo.pol.i.tan is a 60-minute programme of explosive contemporary and traditional West African dance, live drumming and music. The presentation features two compelling works choreographed by Toronto dance artist Lua Shayenne: “Landed Immigrant,” based on the experience of newcomers to Canada, and “Hybrid,” which explores identity through a fast-growing multiracial and multicultural prism.

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.

ABOUT NEXTSTEPS
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 now until June, offers an incredible spectrum of dance. NextSteps is a proud winner of the Pluralism Award for the 2013 I love dance Awards. Harbourfront Centre supports Canada’s I Love Dance manifesto.

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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Office: 416-973-4342 | Cell: 416-704-0774
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