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HATCH: emerging performance projects at Harbourfront Centre celebrates its 5th anniversary, March to April

TORONTO, February 21, 2008Harbourfront Centre’s exciting 5th season of HATCH: emerging performance projects,March to April, showcases four engaging productions—Save us!! [Hamletown]; Weathering Architecture; The Misfit; and The Vertical City. HATCH is Harbourfront Centre’s annual performance residency programme, designed to incubate and foster invention and innovation in the local theatre and performance scene. Performances take place at Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre, 235 Queens Quay West. HATCHpass is $35 for all four HATCH: emerging performance projects. (Individual tickets for each project also available, see below.) For tickets and information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

HATCH: emerging performance projects Schedule
Save us!! [Hamletown]
Surprise Performance
Performances on March 7-8, 8 p.m., $10, $8 (students, seniors and Equity and CADA members)
Free workshop, artist talk and Q&A on March 9, 2:30 p.m.
Surprise Performance is a performance company dedicated to creating new works by merging classical text, original writing, music, video, and dance. Save us!! is the company’s first presentation, a performance combining all of the above with Shakespeare’s Hamlet, aspects of the Jonestown Massacre story, blissed-out meditation, explanation, failure, redemption and a party. Save us!! explores the transformation and ultimate destruction of a group of artists who dreamed of creating a utopian world free of capitalism. As the collective disintegrates into complete chaos due to disorganization, drugs, lack of proper food and water, the situation goes from utopia to nightmare. Written and directed by Chad Dembski. Performed by Ulysees Castellanos, Michael Challenor, Andrea Davis, Evan Webber, Michael Wheeler, Eve Whylen and Chad Dembski who also performed in something about a river, the winner of the 2004 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Independent Production, Co-design by Sherri Hay. Cover paining by Tasha Aulls Audience members are invited to return on Sunday, March 9 and take part in a free interactive workshop, artist talk and Q&A in response to Save us!!

Weathering Architecture
Filiz Klassen
March 28-29, 8 p.m. & March 30, 2:30 p.m.
Ticket Cost: $12, $5 (students and seniors)
Architecture is the protagonist in this performance that brings theatre, film, art and design together within the context of Toronto’s built spaces and natural/urban environment. Sound, video projections and spoken word all reside within the context of a play that captures the interaction between architectural creations, people and the atmospheric conditions and thus attempts to generate a debate about how architecture should weather the elements; snow, rain, light, wind, heat, smog etc. Directed by Filiz Klassen, Associate Professor, Ryerson University, Toronto. Creative Team: Chris Aimone (prototype designer), Dan Browne (filmmaker), Chad Dembski (performer), Dan Goldman (sound composer), Brendan Healy (dramaturge and staging consultant) and Laird Macdonald (lighting/stage designer). Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Research/Creation Grant. Presented as part of Digifest 2008 at Harbourfront Centre. Digifest 2008 pass holders are entitled to a complimentary ticket for Weathering Architecture. Tickets can be ordered through the Harbourfront Centre Box and are subject to availability.

The Misfit
Pull’it out
April 3-5, 8 p.m.
Ticket Cost: $20
Inspired by the true story of a South-Asian Vancouver, B.C. woman who was killed for marrying outside of her caste, The Misfit is a dark comedy that focuses on a group of young Indian wedding dancers who perform classical dance to English MTV music. Each dancer has met with unfortunate circumstances that make them ineligible to ever marry again. But one girl challenges rules of honour, confronts why the respect of a family rests on a woman’s shoulders, and dares to ask, “What did we ever do that we had to be punished our whole lives?” The Misfit brings multi-Dora nominated & Siminovitch Prize short-listed director/dramaturge Mark Cassidy, renowned Kathak dancer/choreographer Joanna De Souza, and writer/performer Anita Majumdar together for their first collaboration. The Misfit premiered at Vancouver’s PUSH International Performing Arts Festival in January, 2008.

The Vertical City
The Vertical City Project
April 19, 8 p.m. & April 20, 2 p.m., pay what you can, suggested minimum of $5
What happens when the horizon becomes an endless series of vertical lines...? Welcome to our city. Vertical City is an exploration of the burden and liberation that is gravity. A collaboration between actors, aerialists, musicians and animators, Vertical City examines the repetitions, routines and rituals of contemporary urban life as the city constantly grows, changes and alters its maps and routes.

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 with a seating capacity of 196. The assistance package also includes technical production and assistance, box office backing, administrative, marketing and media relations support, a one-week production workshop at Harbourfront Centre and professional development guidance with an eye towards the artists’ future endeavours. The ultimate goal is to strengthen Toronto’s performing arts community by investing in and nurturing local players at various stages of their professional development.

FOCUS: Sacred
Through June, Harbourfront Centre asks the big question—What is Sacred? What is held sacred varies from culture to culture, country to country and person to person. What do you believe in? Are there universal truths in the world we live in? How important is ritual and belief to contemporary life? Have we reached a point where nothing is sacred anymore? Sacred is part of an ongoing exploration of ideas in programming at Harbourfront Centre. Our Lens. Your View.


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Linda Liontis
Shane Gerard

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