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Harbourfront Centre...

realizing ideas, revealing potential

through HATCH: emerging performance projects

TORONTO, October 20, 2004–Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce the 2004-2005 season for HATCH: emerging performance projects, designed to provide a venue and professional production assistance to Toronto theatre companies who exhibit promise through a project in development. This year’s projects run from November through March, 2005 and take place in the York Quay Centre’s Studio Theatre.

Tina Rasmussen, Harbourfront Centre’s Director of Performing Arts states: “ On the eve of year two, HATCH is proving to be a great addition to Harbourfront Centre’s mission to assist new and developing Canadian artists and provide that all-important platform of professional assistance to a new generation of contemporary creators. The three groups selected this year present an eclectic and thought-provoking lineup of work which those interested in theatrical invention will not want to miss.”

The sophomore season of HATCH presents three uniquely provocative productions from three dynamic companies and collectives.
They are:
November 11-14, 2004--Pull'it Out Theatre, Fish Eyes
Week of February 23, 2005–definition:blood, Wash Me Clean
Week of March 7, 2005--Babes in Chains Collective, Klank

The season kicks off November 11, 2004 when Pull’it Out Theatre presents their adventurous Fish Eyes, “…a very modern, very funny and soulful coming of age story. It is populist without being pandering, touching without being sentimental and funny, funny, funny.” Chris Abraham (I, Claudia)

Written and performed by Anita Majumdar and directed by Gregory Prest, Fish Eyes enjoyed a critically successful run at the 2004 SummerWorks Festival and was recognized as Outstanding Performance by Now magazine in their SummerWorks Wrap-Up. Fish Eyes returns reincarnated as part of HATCH to tell the story of Meena, the angst-ridden Indian-dancing teenager, striving to cope with her heritage and high school. Reworked with more absurdity, dancing and humour this updated Fish Eyes continues to pack a punch. The performance is a wonderful east-meets-west story celebrating youth and heritage.

The week of February 23, HATCH: emerging performance projects presents Wash Me Clean a new production from definition:blood, an off-shoot of the much-lauded bluemouth inc. performance collective. Complex and controversial, Wash Me Clean is an interdisciplinary performance piece exploring the relationship between a thirty-one year old man and a fourteen year old boy using text, video, and sound to create an immersive experience for the audience.

HATCH: emerging performance projects closes the season the week of March 8 with Klank, an inspirational live action poem by the Babes in Chains Collective. This darkly comic ensemble piece is based on the 1993 true story of forty female offenders from the Kingston Penitentiary for Women, who were forced to relocate to the top floor of the Kingston maximum security Penitentiary for Men. Written by multiple Dora Award nominee Araxi Arslanian and directed by Keira LoughranKlank features an all-female cast from Toronto and explores the hidden depths of female rage, the romanticism and stigma of women outside society’s boundaries and the ghosts of violence, abuse, and disenfranchisement that haunt women from all walks of life.

Tickets for HATCH: emerging performance projects are available through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office. Ticket prices vary. Tickets for Fish Eyes are $12 adults, $10 students/seniors. Public information and tickets call 416-973-4000 or check the website at: .


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Bill Bobek;
Media Relations,
Harbourfront Centre
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