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TORONTO, September 27, 2007–Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce the 2008 HATCH: emerging performance projects series. Previously presented in both the fall and spring, Harbourfront Centre moves all productions to the winter/spring time period. This fifth year anniversary of the series is represented by four, wide-ranging and diverse projects highlighting a multitude of subjects and disciplines. Save Us!!! and Snow, rain, light, wind along with Honour Project and The Vertical City are the title projects scheduled for the upcoming season. HATCH runs from March, through April, 2008 with all productions performed at Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre. Tickets prices and performance dates vary. Public can check the website at this winter for information and updates or call 416-973-4000.

Entering it fifth year, HATCH is a key initiative in Harbourfront Centre’s mission to develop local artists and their unique practices. Our partnership provides resources and professional assistance to a new generation of engaging and innovative contemporary creators.

HATCH, with four performance projects scheduled for the winter/spring of ‘08, continues to expand its scope, this year including creators whose work resonates with explorations of the place of architecture in performance, the moral and social questions of cultural tradition, city-life through gravitational performance and a multi-disciplinary search for answers, salvation and redemption.

All those interested in the process of theatrical invention will enjoy following the progress of these unique performances and artists.

2008 series:

NOTE: The dates below are the companies’ dates in residence in the Studio Theatre. Public performances may run different days within the scheduled range of the dates presented below.

March 3-9, 2008
Save us!!! [Hamletown]

Surprise!! is a performance company dedicated to the creation of original contemporary work focused towards the collision of classical text, original writing, music, video, and dance. Save Us!!! is the company’s first presentation, a performance combining live music show, Hamlet, dance pieces, documentary, aspects of the Jonestown Massacre story, blissed-out meditation, explanation, failure, redemption and a party.

March 24-30, 2008
Filiz Klassen
Snow, rain, light, wind
Snow, rain, light, wind attempts to break down the static nature of architecture through live performance. Focusing on the interaction that occurs between built space, and the atmospheric conditions as potential for architectural creation, this unique piece combines elements of architecture, design and performance art.

Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Research/Creation Grant
Presented as part of Digifest 2008, at Harbourfront Centre

March 31-April 6, 2008
Pull’it out
Honour Project

Inspired by the true story of a South-Asian Vancouver, B.C. woman who was killed for marrying outside of her caste, Honour Project is a dark comedy that focuses in on a group of Indian dancers who have loved and lost, but tells their stories through the elements of MTV/Top 40, Urdu Ghazals, "Jem & The Holograms", "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge" & "super awesome dancing".

Honour Project brings multi-Dora nominated & Siminovitch Prize short-listed director/dramturg Mark Cassidy, renowned Kathak dancer/choreographer Joanna De Souza, and writer/performer Anita Majumdar together for their first collaboration.

April 14-20, 2008
The Vertical City Project
The Vertical City

Through the collaboration of actors and aerialists, The Vertical City examines contemporary urban life; the repetitions, routines and rituals in our lives which come within the context of the modern city constantly growing, changing and altering its maps and routes.

Exact performance dates, times and ticket pricing yet to be determined.

HATCH and Harbourfront Centre

The programme celebrates its fifth season, providing venue and professional production assistance to selected Toronto performance companies who exhibit promise through a project in development. Each participating company is offered our Studio Theatre venue. Located inside York Quay Centre, the Studio Theatre is a proscenium arch theatre with a seating capacity of 196. The assistance package also includes technical production and assistance, box office backing and administrative assistance, marketing and media relations support, a one-week production workshop at Harbourfront Centre and professional development assistance with an eye towards the artists’ future endeavors. The ultimate goal is to strengthen Greater Toronto’s performing arts community by investing in and nurturing local players at various stages of their professional development.

Tickets for HATCH: emerging performance projects will be available through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office. Ticket prices and performance dates will vary. For information check the website at: .


Harbourfront Centre Media Contact:

Bill Bobek
Manager, Media Relations

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