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Open Art Surgery – Experiments in hip hop theatre is set for an international premiere at Harbourfront Centre – #danceTO

TORONTO, ON (Wednesday, March. 12, 2014) – Breakin’ Convention, the world’s leading hip hop theatre organization is coming to Toronto. For the first time outside of the United Kingdom, Breakin’ Convention (a Saddler’s Wells project) and Harbourfront Centre present Open Art Surgery – a showcase of brand new ideas in hip hop dance.

World-renowned hip hop activist Jonzi D is set to lead a week-long urban dance residency for some of Toronto's leading hip hop artists. After an open call search, Emily ‘Em Fatale’ Law, Frost Flow, Judi ‘JuLo’ Lopez, Lee ‘Lethal’ Pham, Lance Johnson, Ofilio Sinbadinho, Victoria Mackenzie and Supernaturalz Crew were chosen to embark on this unique creative process that culminates in a public showing at Harbourfront Centre’s Fleck Dance Theatre on Saturday, March 29 (all tickets $10).

Following the performance, Jonzi D leads a talk-back session where audiences are invited to comment, critique and discuss the work they've just seen in order to help shape future re-workings.Tickets for this and other NextSteps performances are available via Harbourfront Centre’s Box Office located at 235 Queens Quay West, by phone at (416) 973-4000 or online.

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

Open Art Surgery event listing:

Breakin’ Convention – Open Art Surgery
Tickets $10
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.

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.

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Media Contact:
Chrissi Forte
Office: 416-973-4342 | Cell: 416-704-0774
cforte@harbourfrontcentre.com



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