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Dance Season
Canada, Denmark,

Harbourfront Centre Premieres
2004/2005 Contemporary dance

TORONTO, March 24, 2004–Harbourfront Centre 2004-2005 Dance Season unveils an exciting new season of expressive movement from renowned Canadian and international dance companies. Ensembles representing Argentina, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands and the U.S.A. perform at the Premiere Dance Theatre from October 2004 through May 2005.

“As the 03/04 season comes to an end, the enthusiasm and energy generated by our final companies will carry dance fans through the coming summer,” said Harbourfront Centre Dance Programmer, Jeanne Holmes, “but then again, I can hardly wait for the Fall. The introduction to Toronto audiences of fabulous new voices in the dance world, the energy of work developed for youth, the celebration of major milestones in the ever- changing landscape of dance and the exuberance of defying gravity – how could you miss any of it! The international expressions of Denmark, The Netherlands, the US and Argentina, the global voices of Canadian dance artists, all coming direct to us in 2004-2005.”

Harbourfront Centre Dance 2004-2005 delivers exhilarating, elemental, exuberant dance beginning with two dance troupes participating in Harbourfront Centre’s illuminating fall exposition, SuperDanish: Newfangled Danish Culture, taking place September 28-October 31, 2004.

The New Danish Dance Theatre has contributed to the cultural landscape of Denmark since its creation in 1981. Under the artistic direction of choreographer Tim Rushton, the company performs the Canadian premiere of Graffiti, a piece that draws on the work of William S. Burroughs and Shadowland, inspired by the lyrics and music of the beat generation.
Tuesday, October 12 -Saturday, October 16

Kitt Johnson X-act (Denmark) explores the language of choreography with a unique sense for space and stage effect, and sublime body control. Her own personal expression and sureness of style have established Kitt Johnson as one of Denmark’s most respected choreographers. A co-production with DanceWorks, performances of Stigma and her newest creation The Lemonkeepers, can be seen at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre. Wednesday, October 27 - Saturday, October 30

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company (Canada)
Harbourfront Centre presents Esmeralda Enrique’s company performance of Queen of the Gypsies, a Tribute to Flamenco Legend, Carmen Amaya. “Enrique's entire Spanish Dance Company is splendid, but there is still an unmistakable collective gasp in the audience as Enrique herself makes her entrance. Her enthusiasm and artistic gifts are abundant. As always, the cheering crowd was brought to its feet as the exciting finale closed. Enrique and her company are much loved in this city and with good reason." Toronto World Arts Scene, December 2001.
Wednesday, November 3 - Sunday, November 7

Toronto Dance Theatre (Canada)
Persephone’s Lunch by Christopher House
Persephone’s Lunch is a multi-disciplinary feast for the senses. Taking its inspiration from Homer's Odyssey, it is a hymn to the beauty of the world and how that beauty can be experienced in the imagination and in the body. "Some of the most beautiful and profound moments to emerge in Canadian dance in decades." The Globe and Mail
Tuesday, November 16 - Saturday, November 20

Danny Grossman Dance Company (Canada)
A Toronto favourite in a mixed programme of favourites and new work.
“His stock-in-trade has been the ‘well-made piece’ and his signature is the highly charged athleticism of his choreography coupled with a strong social message and/or wacky sense of humour.” Dance Magazine
Thursday, November 25 - Sunday, November 28

Matjash Mrozewski (Canada)
The new work from the red-hot Toronto choreographer, Break Open Play is a fresh and playful deconstruction of creativity and design, testing Mrozewski’s talents and the prowess of his five dancers. “No wonder Matjash Mrozewski is gaining a reputation as Canada’s most original choreographer.” The Ottawa Citizen
Wednesday, December 1 - Saturday, December 4

O Vertigo (Canada), comes to Harbourfront Centre under the direction of Ginette Laurin, the company’s founder, artistic director and choreographer. As part of its 20th season, O Vertigo presents Passare, another shape for infinity which draws audiences ever further and deeper into the whirling of the immense world we inhabit.
Tuesday, February 15 - Saturday, February 19

Stephen Petronio Company (USA)
Provocative choreography brilliantly fused with visual art and in a modern landscape for the senses: The Island of Misfit Toys, like a series of adult gothic nursery rhymes, with music by rock icon Lou Reed and set design by renowned visual artist Cindy Sherman, and Broken Man, an expressive, emotional solo that The New York Times said "communicates a pervasive sadness and an uncertainty about life that cut to the heart of memories and fears" generated by a world in disarray.
A Toronto debut.
Tuesday, March 15 - Saturday, March 19

Brenda Angiel Aerial Dance Company (Argentina)
This spectacular company that has learned to defy gravity is making its Toronto debut. Suspended by ropes and harnesses, these aerial dancers give a witty and mesmerizing perspective on the body freed from traditional physical constraints. “Angiel takes modern dance to new heights as her dancers effortlessly twist, hang, tumble or soar midair.” Dance Magazine
Tuesday, April 5 - Saturday, April 9

Toronto Dance Theatre (Canada)
New Creation by Christopher House
Toronto Dance Theatre presents a highly anticipated world premiere by Christopher House. "[Christopher House] is one of Canada's most gifted and enduringly inventive choreographers." The National Post "Contemporary dance is rarely as witty, well-crafted and thought-provoking as this." NOW
Tuesday, April 12 - Saturday, April 16

Emio Greco | PC (Italy/The Netherlands) presents Rimasto Orfanto. Since creatively joining forces in 1995, the dance collaborations of Italian choreographer Emio Greco and Dutch theatre director Pieter C. Scholten have been enthusiastically received by audiences and critics in England, Europe and the United States. Their partnership was the winner of Time Out’s 2003 Outstanding Performer Award. "A performer of almost Mephistophelian intensity....Greco is in command of one of the most exciting, original and eccentric dance vocabularies of anyone in contemporary dance!" The London Times
Tuesday, May 3 - Saturday, May 7

Dancemakers (Canada)
The 2004/2005 season marks Dancemakers' 30th anniversary! With their signature energy and unique style, the artists of the company continue their creative evolution with Metamorphoses. These new Ovid-inspired miniatures, choreographed by artistic director Serge Bennathan and company artists, will combine dance, voice and music and will be performed as part of the city-wide Metamorphosis festival -- A Festival of Transformation and the Arts. "Brilliantly talented, physically complex, Dancemakers can take on the world." The Globe and Mail
Tuesday, May 10 - Saturday, May 14; Tuesday, May 17 - Friday, May 20

Returning for the 2004/05 season, the popular DanceSpeak series continues in its Wednesday night time slot. 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 (*except Parallel Ports, see above). All evening performances begin at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $17 to $38 with special rates for Student, Senior and Dance Professionals. Renewals tickets are on sale now. New subscriber season tickets go on sale June 15 through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000 or through the website at: Single tickets go on sale September 8, 2004.


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