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HATCH: emerging performance projects spring to life again in February

Harbourfront Centre...realizing ideas, revealing potential through HATCH: emerging performance projects

Feb 24, 2005
Mar. 7, 2004
Studio Theatre

TORONTO, January 24, 2005–Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce the next installment in the 2004-2005 season of HATCH: emerging performance projects. This programme, now in its second year and initiated by Harbourfront Centre’s Performing Arts department, is designed to provide a venue and professional production assistance to Toronto theatre companies who exhibit promise through a project in development. This year’s season, which presented Pull‘it Out Theatre’s Fish Eyes in November, has two collectives presenting new works in February and March. Both productions take place in the York Quay Centre’s Studio Theatre.
HATCH presents two uniquely provocative productions:

February 24-27, 2005, definition:blood presents wash me clean

Week of March 7, 2005 Babes in Chains Collective unlock the doors with Klank

In the week of February 21, definition:blood, an off-shoot of the much-lauded bluemouth inc. performance collective, premieres wash me clean, created by Chris Dupuis and Richard Windeyer. wash me clean is a complex and controversial multimedia performance piece, which explores a relationship between Michael, a gay man in his early thirties, recently moved from his small, rural hometown to the city and Jay, an inner-city youth.  In a haze of drugs, alcohol and pornography, the two attempt to understand their feelings for each other and the connection with their past.  Is it love, sex, or just the cycle playing out again?

Co-creators Chris Dupuis and Richard Windeyer, responsible for the text and soundscape repectively, have been frequent collaborators as part of the Dora Award-winning bluemouth inc. performance collective; wash me clean marks their first independent collaboration.

wash me clean features the talented Julian Doucet  (Phae, First You’re Born, Little Dragon) playing both roles. Set and Lighting design by Geoff Bouckley.

The new production - wash me clean - from definition:blood will be presented at the Studio Theatre, February 24, 25, 26 at 8pm and February 27 at 2:30pm. Tickets are $15 and $12.

HATCH: emerging performance projects wraps up the week of March 7 with Klank, an inspirational live-action poem by the Babes in Chains Collective. This darkly comic ensemble piece is inspired by the true story of six maximum female offenders from the Kingston Prison for Women  forced, due to institutional budget cuts, to relocate to the top floor of Kingston’s infamous maximum security penitentiary for men. Written by multiple Dora Award nominee Araxi Arslanian and choreographed by Julia Gray, Klank features a stunning, all-female cast with Elley-Ray Hennessey, Jackie Laidlaw, Valeska Gonzales, Athena LeMarre, Nancy McAlear, Sarah Machin-Gale, Julianna Barclay and Genevieve Adam. In dramatic fashion the cast explore 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 these women from all walks of life.

The two upcoming HATCH productions are included in and representative of HE, Harbourfront Centre’s current, ideas-based programming. HE - an examination of the changing nature of male identity and men’s evolving roles in contemporary society - offers a hypothesis as to the direction of the modern male. From January through May, 2005, HE programming will represent or reflect the mantra of HE.

Tickets for HATCH: emerging performance projects are available through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office. Ticket prices vary.  Public information and tickets call 416-973-4000 or check the website at: .

Media Contact: Bill Bobek;
Media Relations – Harbourfront Centre
Ph.: 416-973-4428

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