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Toronto, Wednesday, May 16, 2007 – Harbourfront Centre’s New World Stage International Performance series converges June 1, with Luminato, Toronto’s Festival of Arts and Creativity, June 1-10 and features four international, leading-edge performances including Risk Everything – by Poland’s TR Warszawa, Back Home – from Australia’s Urban Theatre Projects and the stunning performances of Re and Rite of Spring by Shen Wei Dance Arts (China/USA) As the cap for New World Stage and the welcoming social hub for Luminato, the Spiegel Show takes centre stage in the Euro-inspired Spiegeltent’ntavern. Dates, times, venue and tickets for these performances are available by contacting Harbourfront Centre at
416-973-4000 or visitingwww.harbourfrontcentre.com/nws.

Luminato is the world’s newest multidisciplinary arts festival, linking the world of art and the creative spirit with every aspect of Canada’s largest and most ethnically diverse city with over 100 events in 2007. For information and tickets go to www.luminato.com .

Risk Everything is a 75 minute production in Polish with English surtitles by Poland’s Teatr Rozmaitosci (Variety Theatre). The production derives from the company’s Terrain of Warsaw (TR) programme and runs June 3-10 and is produced by Luminato and Harbourfront Centre. In this thrilling family drama, the characters of prolific Toronto playwright, George F. Walker, are inept and damaged, seemingly belched up by the decaying city. Polish master director, Grzegorz Jarzyna’s freewheeling, multimedia reinvention of Walker’s 1997 piece captures the world of these addicts, prostitutes and petty criminals. Walker's text, translated by Bartosz Wierzbieta, is part of a collection of plays titled Podmiejski Hotel/ Suburban Hotel. Risk Everything tells the story of Carol, a gambling addict who loses some money belonging to a local gangster. Along with her daughter Denis and her husband, Carol attempts to extract herself from this predicament. Walker's play is a collage of various genres ranging from melodrama to thriller.

The Terrain of Warsaw programme produces theatre that invades various corners of Poland’s capital city. In accordance with the motto "Theatre can happen anywhere," the Variety steps out of its restrictive quarters and transforms old factories and hotels into stages and auditoriums. In keeping with this vision, Risk Everything is being staged in a storefront space (McBride Cycle) at 2923 Dundas Street W. in Toronto’s High Park.

Zaryzykuj Wszystko / Risk Everything by George F. Walker is translated by Bartosz Wierzbieta and directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna. A production of the Teatr Rozmaitosci (Variety Theatre) in Warsaw. Premiers on October 31, 2003.

URBAN THEATRE PROJECT: BACK HOME
Meeting at York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, the audience of Back Home, (June 4-10), takes a 120 minute journey beginning with a short bus ride to an undisclosed Toronto “backyard.” At this location, the audience observes a gathering that reunites four long-time friends, all from varied cultural backgrounds, and intent on recollecting and celebrating old times. We bear silent witness to their volatile world as the night unravels in a litany of shattered dreams. Bristling with explosive physicality, this is a deeply emotional story about the characters coming to terms with their past and facing up to their future, a timely and ultimately life-affirming project unlike any other.

Founded in 1981, Urban Theatre Projects (UTP) creates distinctive new theatre works based on a process of dialogue between contemporary theatre practice and diverse urban communities. Stories and images of contemporary life are created in collaboration with teams of artists from hybrid art practices and diverse cultural backgrounds.

Over the past decade UTP has become increasingly renowned for creating new performance works generated by multi-skilled teams of artists working in residence in specific sites. These performances are developed through ongoing consultation and, consequently, have a strong connection to specific places and issues critical to the people who interact with those sites. The company has created works with a broad range of communities and individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds, economic status and lived experiences.

For this project, Harbourfront Centre and UTP work with Toronto communities to tap into local concerns around themes of leadership, spirituality and issues in Toronto’s urban society. Back Home is produced by Luminato and Harbourfront Centre.

SHEN WEI DANCE ARTS: RE / THE RITE OF SPRING
June 6-9, acclaimed choreographer and artist, Shen Wei, brings his praised interpretation of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Re to Harbourfront Centre’s Premiere Dance Theatre, 3rd floor Queens Quay Terminal Bldg., at 207 Queens Quay West. Wei’s work integrates a variety of influences – colour, lighting, visual arts, music, theatre and dance from both East and West – with astoundingly original results. Based in New York, this production by Shen Wei Dance Arts, takes inspiration from the bruising clash of cultures that is the new China, bringing lyrical composure and harmony, coupled with intense energy to his unique choreographic voice.


Emerging as one of the most exciting new talents of the 21st century, the Chinese-born choreographer, Shen Wei, has astounded international audiences with his unique hybridism of Chinese dance, theater, opera, painting, and sculpture. The New York Times has hailed his company as “startlingly imaginative,” while the Miami Herald says “Shen Wei gives new voice to modern dance.”

From the disarmingly casual spiraling movement of his rendition of The Rite of Spring to the meditative geometric patterns of the Tibetan inspired Re, Shen Wei and his dancers bring music to life. The Shen Wei Dance arts programme is produced by Luminato and Harbourfront Centre.

SPIEGEL TENT at Harbourfront Centre’s York Quay Centre
Ladies and Gentlemen, step right up! The Spiegel Show at the Spiegelt’ntavern runs from June 1-10. Burlesque showgirls, acrobats, aerialists, eccentric dancers, divine divas, and a whole host of specialty acts of the Nouveau Variété make up the fabulous Spiegel Show! The occasionally hilarious, sometimes poignant and always sexy manifestation of the creative spirit of Toronto, The Spiegel Show brings you a cornucopia of tricks and turns representing the distilled essence of Toronto’s cultural underbelly.

Designed in Belgium in the 1920s and still family-operated (now their 5th generation), this nostalgic, uniquely assembled, traveling wooden circular dance hall both heralds the culmination of New World Stage and acts as the unique social hub for Luminato. Come experience an exotic cabaret in this “tent of mirrors” where old world charm meets new world delights!

Harbourfront Centre’s New World Stage is a dynamic, world-class, signature programme presenting a new, contemporary season 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. For tickets and information call 416-973-4000 or go 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.


Luminato, Toronto’s inaugural multidisciplinary arts festival, connects the creative spirit to every corner of the city. For 10 inspiring days, the world’s most multicultural city celebrates the best of local, regional and national arts organizations and welcomes the talents of acclaimed international artists. Luminato takes place June 1 – June 10, 2007 with more than 100 events in venues and locations citywide. For tickets call Ticketmaster at 416-872-1111 or visit www.luminato.com .


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Media Relations
Harbourfront Centre
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wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com

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