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TORONTO, March 13, 2008 - Architecture is the protagonist in this unique premiere 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. Weathering Architecture takes place from March 28 to March 30 at Harbourfront Centre's Studio Theatre.

Weathering Architecture is conceived and directed by Filiz Klassen, Associate Professor, Ryerson University, Toronto. Co-creators: Dan Browne (filmmaker), Chad Dembski (performer), Dan Goldman (sound composer), Brendan Healy (dramaturge and staging consultant) and Laird Macdonald (lighting/stage designer) and assistants Chris Aimone (prototype designer) and Ala Roushan (designer) . Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Research/Creation Grant.

This production is part of HATCH: emerging performance projects. HATCH is Harbourfront Centre’s annual performance residency programme, designed to incubate and foster invention and innovation in the local theatre and performance scene.Tickets cost $12, $5 (students and seniors). A HATCHpass is $35 for all four HATCH projects. March 28 and March 29 performances start at 8 p.m. and on March 30 at 2:30 p.m. For tickets and information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit Performances take place at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. This production is also presented as part of Digifest 2008 at Harbourfront Centre. Digifest 2008 pass holders are entitled to a complimentary ticket.

Filiz Klassen is the co-editor of Transportable Environments 3, the third book on portable architecture and design published by Spon Press (UK, 2006). She is recipient of a research/creation grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for her project entitled ‘Malleable Matter’ that involves experiments with materials in creation of building skins that respond to weather elements. She has presented at conferences internationally in Singapore, London, New York, Istanbul, Eindhoven, Delft and also in Banff and Toronto. Her articles on material innovations and responsive environments are published most recently in a book entitled Mobile Nation Anthology as well as in academic and professional journals. She has curated exhibitions and also exhibited her work most recently at Gladstone Hotel, Design Exchange and various other venues in Toronto.

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.


Media Contacts:
Shane Gerard (416-973-4518 or
Linda Liontis (416-973-4381 or
Filiz Klassen (416.556.17777 or
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