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TORONTO January 16, 2005—Harbourfront Centre’s international dance season rolls into the new year with The Premiere Dance Theatre Seriesand The Harbourfront Centre Theatre Series. The PDT Series brings striking and captivating works from Japan’s Pappa Tarahumara, Finland’s Tero Saarinen Company, an urban energy from New York City’s Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE and the ever popular, high energy of Brazil's Grupo Corpo. The season’s second-half also celebrates the global view of Toronto’s potent dance community featuring Danny Grossman Dance Company, Julia Sasso dances, Toronto Dance Theatre and Dancemakers.

The HCT Series presents two dynamic companies performing as part of The HCT Series, including the unsettling and ominous physicality of U.K.'s 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, Cas Public.”

Tickets are available through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000.
Information at www.harbourfrontcentre.com .

The Premiere Dance Theatre (PDT) Series
Located at 207 Queens Quay West, third floor of The Queens Quay Terminal Bldg.
The second-half (2006) of The PDT Series unveils the works of eight companies beginning with Danny Grossman Dance showcasing the company’s Greatest Hits Volume I, Wednesday, January 25 – Saturday, January 28, 2006 followed by the world premiere of the betrayal project by Julia Sasso dances (Toronto) Tuesday, January 31 – Saturday, February 4.

February sees the Toronto debut of Pappa Tarahumara (Tokyo), performing its evocative ad imaginative merging of traditions in Ship in a View, Tuesday, February 14 – Saturday, February 18. March unveils the Canadian premiere of Helsinki’s Tero Saarinen Company, Tuesday, March 14 – Saturday, March 18 followed by the return of the ever-popular Grupo Corpo hailing from Belo Horizonte in Brazil, featuring two new works Tuesday, March 21 – Saturday, March 25.

Toronto Dance Theatre delivers its dynamic expertise to audiences Tuesday, April 4 – Saturday, April 8 with the much-anticipated remount of Sly Verb, followed by the return of New York’s urban storyteller, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE performing Tuesday, April 18 – Sunday, April 22. Dancemakers concludes The PDT Series with its two-week showcase of creativity running Tuesday, April 25 – Saturday, April 29 and Wednesday, May 3 – Saturday, May 6, 2006 and featuring the world premiere of Absences.



The Harbourfront Centre Theatre (HCT) Series
This new series delivers the Canadian Premiere of London, England’s Stan Won’t Dance with Sinner, Thursday, March 30 – Saturday, April 1. This series concludes Thursday, May 25 – Saturday May 27 with Montreal’s Cas Public with its Toronto premiere of a new work--a co-production with Harbourfront Centre's Milk International Childrens Festival of the Arts - MICFA.


The 2006 PDT Series Presenting Companies:

Danny Grossman Dance (Canada)
Wednesday, January 25 – Saturday, January 28
The first of a cycle of Grossman greats, Greatest Hits Volume I, 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 (Canada)
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 (Japan)
Tuesday, February 14 – Saturday, February 18
Otherworldly spectacles that transcend cultural barriers are the calling card of Japanese performance art ensemble Pappa Tarahumara who present Ship in a View. 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. This work is director Hiroshi Koike's original landscape using a town by the sea in the 60s as its motif.

Tero Saarinen Company (Finland)
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!, the duet Wavelengths and Saarinen’s mesmerizing solo The Hunt set to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in which the dancer, united with technology, is both the hunter and the hunted.

Grupo Corpo (Brazil)
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 an idiosyncratic celebration of the company’s home province Minas Gerais.


Toronto Dance Theatre (Canada)
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 (USA)
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, Come Ye - a tribute to the “high priestess of soul” Nina Simone, and the poignant Order My Steps a collaboration with hip hop poet Chad Boseman.

Dancemakers (Canada)
Tuesday, April 25 – Saturday, April 29
Wednesday, May 3 – Saturday, May 6
ABSENCES
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 2006 HTC Series Presenting Companies:

Stan Won’t Dance (U.K.)
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 (Canada)
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 powerful sense of theatricality and intense, athletic movement. As diverse as it is unpredictable, Cas Public debuts with the spectacular new work Diary, created for audiences of all ages and a co-presentation with Harbourfront Centre's Milk International Children’s Festival of the Arts. Both evening and matinee performances will be scheduled for this dance presentation.

DanceSpeak: Post-show Talks
On the second night of each performance run, moderators from The Dance Current conduct an informal discussion with the evening’s choreographer and company members. Free with purchase of tickets.

Dance On-line
Additional information about the companies in our season and other dance performances at Harbourfront Centre can be found on the Dance page of our web site. Visit www.habourfrontcentre.com and click on Performing Arts and then Dance.

Dance E-news
Keep in the dance loop with this free monthly electronic newsletter with details of all the great dance events year-round at Harbourfront Centre. To subscribe, follow the instructions at www.harbourfrontcentre.com/news.htm

BEAUTY - From January through May 2006, Harbourfront Centre invites audiences to examine the idea of "beauty" through various events and programmes. In dance this concept will be represented by the vibrant theatricality of Japanese dance company Pappa Tarahumara – just one of the many interpretations of beauty we have to offer in the coming months at Harbourfront Centre. Beauty is part of an ongoing exploration of ideas-based programming at Harbourfront Centre.

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Media Contact:
Bill Bobek; 416-973-4428; wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com

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