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From Belgium, New World Stage
International Performance presents
the gripping theatrical production of Aalst

Toronto, February 27, 2006—Harbourfront Centre's New World Stage International Performance series, running January 24 through June 10, 2007 presents director Pol Heyvaert's, dramatic theatre production, Aalst. Produced by the renowned Victoria theatre company of Belgium, the play runs March 14-17 in Harbourfront Centre's Premiere Dance Theatre, 3rd floor Queens Quay Terminal Bldg., at 207 Queens Quay West. Tickets are available at 416-973-4000 or at www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nws .

Aalst is conceived by, directed and designed by Pol Heyvaert with texts by Pol Heyvaert and Dimitri Verhulst and features Lies Pauwels and Jeroen Perceval.

Victoria theatre company delivers the anatomy of a crime so hideous it tainted the name of the village where it was perpetrated - Aalst, Belgium. Kurt and Kathy check into a hotel with their two children. When the police arrive a week later, they find both children dead by the hands of their own parents…The director's fascination with one of Belgium’s greatest family criminal cases in 1999, provides the content for this riveting presentation that surveys the landscape of life, love, death within the justice system and its affect throughout a community.

Aalst is fact/fiction theatre of the purest sort. The story is based on documented statements and interviews that are reproduced on stage with the addition of fictional elements added to the story. The factual material comes from reports on the trial presented on the TVI programme Koppen, along with other court-based research material. The fictional material added is written by Dimitri Verhulst. Heyvaert's intent is to create a new perspective, a different form of trial, modeled on the Koppen broadcasts, but with the perspective set in the context of the defendants' story.

Pol Heyvaert and co-horts Pauwels and Perceval examine the whys and wherefores of a drama and bring its hard reality to the stage in this straight-forward and universal story.

Aalst is Heyvaert's directorial debut. A documentary was produced by Heyvaert on the same subject, as a spin-off of the theatrical production.

“Aalst is faction that compels us to look at our street instead of the television or newspaper.” De Morgen, Liv Laveyne

This edition of New World Stage converges with Luminato, Toronto’s Festival of Arts and Creativity, June 1-10 with a number of leading edge international performances including Risk Everything by TR Warszawa (Poland), Back Home by Urban Theatre Projects (Australia) and Shen Wei Dance Arts (China/USA). As a finale for New World Stage and the welcoming social hub for Luminato, the Spiegel Show takes over the Spiegeltent’ntavern.

Luminato, Toronto’s inaugural multidisciplinary arts festival, connects the creative spirit to every corner of the city for 10 inspiring days with more than 90 events in venues and locations citywide. Watch for exciting details and updates.

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

Single tickets and packages are on sale now - 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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