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Harbourfront Centre Dance 05-06 Season Featuring: Canada, Brazil, Finland, Japan, South Africa, U.K.,Venezuela

TORONTO June 13, 2005—Harbourfront Centre Dances 2005-2006 presents two diverse and entertaining series, The Premiere Dance Theatre Series and The Harbourfront Centre Theatre Series, taking place in their respective on-site venues. The season, which runs this coming October through May, 2006, sees the addition of two companies performing as part of  the HCT Series building on our annual Parallel Ports event --  this year featuring the return of critically acclaimed South African choreographer /dancer Vincent Sekwati Mantsoe,- A co-production with DanceWorks.

 “Harbourfront Centre Dance 2005-2006 is a season steeped in nostalgia and memories.  We see through the eyes of the international and local artists coming to our stages a world of longing and melancholy, of joy and hope and the endless possibilities for the future, says Harbourfront  Centre Dance Programmer, Jeanne Holmes.

We’re very excited this season to be able to bring three companies to the Harbourfront Centre Theatre for a new series of edgy, theatrical dance, adds Holmes.   The less formal intimacy of the HCT strips away the boundaries between audience and artist.  Expect a more in-your-face energy in all three works beginning with an evening of celebration and spirit with the welcome return of Vincent Sekwati Mantsoe in our Parallel Ports co-production with Danceworks followed by the unsettling and ominous physicality of Stan Won’t Dance in their Canadian premiere, and the first ever co-production between the Milk International Children’s Festival of the Arts and Harbourfront Centre Dance with the Toronto premiere of a new work for youth audiences by Montreal’s Hélène Blackburn and Cas Public.”

Back at the PDT, the season brings new voices from Finland and Japan, welcomes two powerhouse companies from South America, explores the urban energy of Montreal and New York City and celebrates the global view of Toronto’s own dance community,” concludes Holmes.

 The Premiere Dance Theatre (PDT) Series

This series embarks on an international exploration of contemporary dance Tuesday, November 8 – Saturday, November 12 with Venezuela’s Danzahoy featuring their new work Exodo. This is followed by Toronto Dance Theatre world premiere Tuesday, November 22 – Saturday, November 26, with one of Canada’s musical sensations, The Hidden Cameras.  BJM Danse (Montreal) presents The Stolen Show by internationally acclaimed Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite, Tuesday, December 6Saturday, December 10

The second half (2006) of The PDT Series unveils the works of eight companies beginning with Danny Grossman Dance ,Wednesday, January 25Saturday, January 28, 2006 followed by the world premiere of The Betrayal Project by Julia Sasso dances (Toronto) Tuesday, January 31Saturday, February 4.  February sees the Toronto debut of Pappa Tarahumara (Tokyo), performing its evocative Latin work Ship in a View Tuesday, February 14Saturday, February 18.  In March the Canadian premiere of Helsinki’s Tero Saarinen Company takes place Tuesday, March 14Saturday, March 18 followed by the return of the ever-popular Grupo Corpo hailing from Belo Horizonte in Brazil and featuring two new works Tuesday, March 21Saturday, March 25.

 Toronto Dance Theatre delivers its dynamic expertise to audiences Tuesday, April 4Saturday, April 8 with the much-anticipated remount of Sly Verb, followed by the return of New York’s Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE performing Tuesday, April 18Sunday, April 22.

 Dancemakers concludes The PDT Series with its two-week showcase of creativity running Tuesday, April 25Saturday, April 29 and again Wednesday, May 3Saturday, May 6, 2006 and featuring pianist Eve Egoyan.

 The Harbourfront Theatre Centre (HCT) Series

            This new series launches in October with Parallel Ports: Vincent Sekwati Mantsoe (Johannesburg) October             20October 22 – A co-production with DanceWorks two new works. This is followed in 2006 by the Canadian             Premiere of London, England’s Stan Won’t Dance with Sinner, Thursday, March 30Saturday, April 1. The             HCT Series concludes Thursday, May 25Saturday May 27 with Montreal’s Cas Public in its Toronto                     debut--a co-production with Milk International Childrens Festival of the kArts - MICFA.   

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THE LINEUP FOR 2005-2006

Harbourfront Centre Dance 2005-2006 Season

            The Companies: The PDT Series


Danzahoy (Caracas)                                                                                         

Tuesday, November 8 – Saturday, November 12

Celebrating the poetic in the everyday, Danzahoy embodies the open, culturally diverse society of Venezuela with a uniquely expressive style. In the nostalgic Exodo, you find that the bittersweet spirit of the tango is never far away. Warm and sad, scratchy like an old vinyl record Exodo speaks of lost souls, the nature of love and the eternal search for meaning in the face of oblivion.


Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto)                                                    

Tuesday, November 22 – Saturday, November 26

Toronto Dance Theatre joins forces with alt-pop sensations The Hidden Cameras for a brand new production. The audience is guaranteed to be on its feet in this joyful, edgy, high energy riot of dance and music. Called “a match made in heaven” by Carl Wilson of The Globe and Mail, TDT’s first collaboration with The Hidden Cameras was completely sold out.


BJM Danse (Montreal)                                                                     

Tuesday, December 6 – Saturday, December 10

Canadian choreographic sensation Crystal Pite’s The Stolen Show is an irreverent sketchbook of movement set on the dynamic and sexy dancers of BJM Danse.  After 32 years as Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, this reinvigorated company really shows us what they’ve got with a trio of dance works that are part homage and part parody, full of theatrical invention, and sparkling with witty irreverence.


Danny Grossman Dance (Toronto)                                    

Wednesday, January 25 – Saturday, January 28

The first of a cycle of Grossman greats delves into a repertoire of more than 30 original works to bring you a program that spans the range of human emotion from grief to joy to humour. This season will showcase the power, athleticism, and expressiveness of this popular Toronto dance company through Grossman’s rich and engaging repertoire, including some classics not seen in more than 10 years!


Julia Sasso dances (Toronto)                                                                           

Tuesday, January 31 – Saturday, February 4

An explosive hit with audiences and critics alike in 2003, Julia Sasso dances promises to amaze us again with the betrayal project. Pulsing with the far-reaching rhythms of the human heart, this potent new creation for Sasso’s stellar company lays bare the deepest paradoxes of our living, loving, leaving. “… mesmerizing dance… polished yet raw, passionate yet cerebral, sophisticated yet instinctual, physical yet reflective” The Globe and Mail.


 Pappa Tarahumara (Tokyo)                                               

Tuesday, February 14 – Saturday, February 18
Otherworldly spectacles that transcend cultural barriers are the calling card of Japanese performance art ensemble Pappa Tarahumara. Artistic director Hiroshi Koike creates unique and magical stage poetry, merging traditions – ancient and new - with contemporary dance and a bit of theatrical alchemy. His captivating works of refined abstraction offer exquisite panoramas of light, darkness, shadow and sound.


Tero Saarinen Company (Helsinki)                                   

Tuesday, March 14 – Saturday, March 18

One of Finland’s most successful dance artists, Tero Saarinen is fascinated by the absurdity of human behavior. Imagine the clean lines and strong colours of Nordic design refracted through a slightly damaged lens. The company brings a mixed programme including their international break-through hit Westward Ho! and Saarinen’s mesmerizing solo The Hunt set to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in which the dancer, in a union with technology, becomes the hunter and the hunted.


Grupo Corpo (Belo Horizonte)                                                                           

Tuesday, March 21 – Saturday, March 25

With astonishing energy, lightning bodywork and vibrantly joyful movement Grupo Corpo makes the hottest dance in the coolest way. Brazil's most successful contemporary dance ensemble offers two new works - Leucona, a series of passionate duets, in which the intoxicating heat of romance is set to the music of  “the Cuban Gershwin” Ernesto Lecuona, and Onqotô a celebration of the company’s home province Minas Gerais.  


Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto)                                                                                                  

Tuesday, April 4 – Saturday, April 8

Toronto Dance Theatre presents Sly Verb, Christopher House’s critically acclaimed hymn to the human body. A bold, provocative look at the sense of touch, Sly Verb seduces with the beauty of its dancing and the force of its ideas featuring a haunting score by Phil Strong and exquisite design by artist Scott Eunson.


Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE (New York)                                      

Tuesday, April 18 – Sunday, April 22

Master storyteller Ronald K Brown chronicles life in America with his finely crafted, superbly performed choreographies. Salted with the tradition of West Africa and seasoned with contemporary urban movement, his works celebrate heritage, truth and the liberation of the spirit within. The company brings an evening of mixed repertoire new to Toronto audiences including Grace and Come Ye, a tribute to the “high priestess of soul” Nine Simone.

 Dancemakers (Toronto)                                                                                   

Tuesday, April 25 – Saturday, April 29

Wednesday, May 3 – Saturday, May 6

This work speaks of goodbyes. The goodbyes that we say throughout our lives and those that we avoid because they are too painful. The goodbyes of a man to a woman, the goodbyes of a mother to her child, the goodbyes of men to other men, hands pulling away, silently crying. We are bound to live a life of abandonments in order that we may reach the purest state, our essence. This essence in turn becomes our parting gift -- the final mark we leave to the souls of the living.

 Montreal composer Bertrand Chénier and Toronto pianist Eve Egoyan give musical meaning to a bittersweet theme close to the heart of choreographer Serge Bennathan.


The Companies: The HTC Series


Parallel Ports: Vincent Sekwati Mantsoe (Johannesburg)                 

Thursday, October 20 – Saturday, October 22

Co-production with DanceWorks

One of the voices of the new South Africa Mantsoe merges ancestral rituals with the street dances of Johannesburg in a style that transcends influence. A magnificent performer who moves with contained grace and nobility, he invites his audience to travel with him on a joyful, spiritual journey. His two new works NDAA (Awakening of the Self) and Ntu, celebrate the physicality of life with uplifting freedom and a brooding reverence.



Stan Won’t Dance (London)               

Thursday, March 30 – Saturday, March 1

DV8 alumni Rob Tannion and Liam Steel present the brutally physical, confrontational dance work Sinner, based on the true story of the bombing of a London gay bar.  Themes of loneliness and loathing, identity and prejudice run through this hard-hitting, psychologically intense performance. With this self-destructive solo for two men Stan Won't Dance will make you think twice.


Cas Public (Montreal)                         

Thursday, May 25 – Saturday May 27

Hélène Blackburn, a leader in Quebec’s new generation of choreographers, pushes boundaries with her fiery, physically demanding style. Her company, Cas Public, is internationally known for its potent sense of theatricality and intense, athletic movement. As diverse as it is unpredictable, Cas Public debuts with a spectacular new work for audiences of all ages. A co-presentation with the Milk International Children’s Festival of the Arts



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