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zero visibility corp. delivers a physically powerful duet of sexual and sensual ways on the Enwave Theatre's stage
A Canadian Premiere
February 7 - 10
Harbourfront Centre's Enwave Theatre

Startling sensual 21st century motion. This is no rehearsal. It's the real deal." The Guardian

TORONTO, January 26, 2007—Harbourfront Centre announces the Canadian premiere of zero visibility corp., the second offering in 2007's New World Stage International Performance series. This presentation is the sexually-charged 2003 production of choreographer Ina Johannessen's ...it's only a rehearsal. The Norwegian-based company puts a dynamically-riveting and compassionate story on stage about the inherent connection between the watcher and the watched and the fine line between desire and obsession. It is based on Ovid's myth Metamorphoses, a Greek legend in which the virgin goddess, Artemis, wreaks revenge on Acteaon, the hunter, after he sees her bathing naked. All performances begin at 8 p.m. and runs Wednesday, February 7 through Saturday, February 10. Tickets are available at 416-973-4000 or www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nws .

"...sensuality became more aggressive; a kiss was remarkably sustained throughout an acrobatic duet." The New York Times

Through a powerful, physical and dense duet we meet a man and a woman - a couple, lovers, two people. It is in the physical expression that the relation between the two is unveiled - not through scenes or performative elements. Is it the antique myth we are watching? Acteaon sees Artemis naked, after which she punishes him by transforming him to a stag that is then killed by his own hounds. How do we judge, act and react towards those who see us naked? Do we reward or punish?

For most of a captivating one hour performance displaying a combination of dance, theatre and text, the audience becomes the voyeur, watching and listening to the most intimate details of a burgeoning attraction between two people. We are transported from the intimate location of a bedroom, to a lover's fight, urgent sex, and to the initial kiss that lasts for minutes. Limbs curl within limbs, in a fluid gravity-less touch, the two are suspended in space falling in love and into each other. The performance is both sensual and erotic, a tug of war that is sure to enthrall the audience.

The choreography created by Ina Christel Johannessen features the physically strong and intricate performance of dancers Line Tørmoen, and Dimitri Jourde. The set design and costumes are by Kristin Torp with lighting design created by Jens Sethzman. Music is by Murcof with text by Ovid.

Multi-award winning Ina Johannessen was educated as a choreographer at Statens Balletthøgskole, Norway in 1984 and then started working with theatre, musicals and television in Oslo and Bergen. Ina founded Scirocco dancecompany in 1987 working on many various levels, as a producer, administrator and as choreographer. She produced 12 full-length pieces for the company. In 1996 she reconstructed the company and changed the name to zero visibility corp.. From 1996-2000 She was employed as choreographer in residence with Carte Blanche, the Norwegian company of contemporary dance, creating 13 hours of choreography for them. To date Ms. Johannessen has choreographed seven performances for zero visibility. She teaches choreography at the Norwegian College of Performing Arts.

2007 New World Stage International Performance series runs January 24 through June 10, 2007. This signature programme presents a new, contemporary format featuring 17 productions, encompassing multiple performance disciplines including theatre, dance, music and cabaret.

Harbourfront Centre offers Packages and Single tickets. Package offers include discounts with assigned, value-added benefits per package. For tickets and information about this new series call 416-973-4000 or online www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nws .

Westin Harbour Castle is the official host hotel of New World Stage.
New World Stage is supported by Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Luminato Festival of Arts and Creativity 2007, Canadian Heritage, and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

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Bill Bobek
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