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Philippe Decouflé en solo à New World Stage!

Toronto, Tuesday, March 6, 2007—Harbourfront Centre’s New World Stage International Performance series, running January 24 through June 10, 2007presents, renowned French choreographer, Philippe Decouflé, in his Toronto premiere. The 70 minute piece runs March 20-24, beginning at 8 p.m. A post-showQ&A, will run on March 21. All performances are in Harbourfront Centre's Premiere Dance Theatre, 3rd floor Queens Quay Terminal Bldg., at 207 Queens Quay West. For more information and tickets contact Harbourfront Centre at 416-973-4000 or at our website at .

On tour across North America, this dynamic, world-class artist is hailed as one of the world's most imaginative and gifted artists. Philippe Decouflé displays his skills as dancer, illusionist, clown and film-maker in the alluring, intimate Solo: Le doute m'habite (Solo:The doubt within me). In this multi-media and theatrical production, Decouflé uses video, light and shadows to turn the stage into a pallet filled with a kaleidoscope of movement and images in a nostalgic look at himself as artist and human being.

The appeal and innovativeness of this skillful artist’s performances is evident in his many accomplishments. Just to name a few, Philippe Decouflé is the mastermind behind the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the XVth Olympic Winter Games held in Albertville, France in 1992; Director of the 1996 Opening Ceremony for the 50th Anniversary of the International Film Festival in Cannes; Video visionary of Fine Young Cannibals' hit video She Drives Me Crazy and New Order's True Faith videos; and finally, inspiring a new French word, decoufleries (day-cof-flur-ries): the unusal fusion of dancing, circus, and film.

This leading-edge artist is acclaimed for his delightful choreography as well as a playful and humorous personality. As Bob Clarke of The Calgary Herald writes, “Philippe Decouflé’s Solo: The Doubt within me (Le doute m’habite) takes video technology to a new level of sophistication and ingenuity aimed at exciting fascination and wonder in the eyes of the beholder”. This is definitely a must see performance.

“The solo takes me back to a kind of reality,”said Mr. Decouflé (in a recent New York Times interview) “I have to face many problems, what it is perform, to try to be what it is you cannot be. Every time I do something new, I try to find another way to work, to search for different things. It is really not so easy.”

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 (TR Warszawa), Back Home (Urban Theatre Projects) 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.

Harbourfront Centre’s New World Stage is a dynamic, world-class, signature programme presenting a new, contemporary format featuring 17 productions, that encompass multiple performance disciplines including theatre, dance, music, cabaret and more. The performance series runs January 24 through June 10, 2007.

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.
For tickets and information call 416-973-4000 or go online .

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
Media Relations
Harbourfront Centre
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