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Matjash Mrozewski’s choreography on display with Break Open Play

TORONTO, November 11, 2004–Harbourfront Centre Dance 2004-2005 is pleased to present Break Open Play, a full-length contemporary dance work by one of Canada’s hottest choreographers, Matjash Mrozewski. Creatively illustrating artistic problem-solving through the body, Break Open Play is the very first National Arts Centre Youth Commission for Dance. Break Open Play runs December 1-4, 2004 at the Premiere Dance Theatre. Tickets on sale through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000 or through the website at:

Mrozewski explains that this latest abstract piece combines classical ballet with modern dance and allows its five dancers to “make discoveries about themselves and each other - exploring physically as well as emotionally.” Through the imaginative and sensual improvisations of the dancers, audiences will be compelled not only to empathize with Break Open Play’s characters and their journeys but also to contemplate their own experiences.

A 1993 graduate of the National Ballet School and having already created works for the National Ballet of Canada, Toronto Dance Theatre and for film, Toronto-based Matjash Mrozewski fuses various influences and dance styles that mirror Canada’s multifaceted culture and vibrancy. His risk-taking choreography is unmistakably Canadian and Break Open Play is no different, reflecting Mrozewski’s free spirit and evolving choreographic style through experimentation and evocative creative exploration. Break Open Play premiered at the National Arts Centre November 29, 2003 featuring 5 dancers, an original score by Owen Belton, costumes by Samara McAdam and lighting design by Roelof Peter Snippe.

DanceSpeak series will take place on Thursday night. This popular post-show question and answer period allows audience members to interact with the choreographer and company members and learn more about the creative process of dance.

Performances are at Harbourfront Centre’s Premiere Dance Theatre, 3rd floor, Queen’s Quay Terminal, 207 Queens Quay West All evening performances begin at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $21 to $38 with special rates for Student, Senior and Dance Professionals.

Break Open Play was commissioned by the National Arts Centre - CGI Youth Commission for Dance, a partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts, and is co-produced by the National Arts Centre, the CanDance Network Creation Fund, The Brian Webb Dance Company, Harbourfront Centre, and the Vancouver East Cultural Centre.


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