A Third Year of Compelling Performances at Harbourfront Centre with Four World Premieres, One North American Premiere and Perennial Favourites(Complete Season Schedule Included in this Release)TORONTO, August 25, 2008 – Harbourfront Centre is thrilled to announce the remarkable third season of NextSteps 2008/09. With an incredible range of leading choreographers and top dancers, NextSteps enables Toronto’s pre-eminent dance companies the opportunity to reflect the diversity of their broad international backgrounds and influences.The consummate NextSteps 2008/09 season opens October 2, 2008 and runs to June 20, 2009. The first two performances of the series, the DanceWorks presentation of Daniel Léveillé Danse and ProArteDanza, are part of Harbourfront Centre’s Québec Now!, a programme that will focus on the vast contemporary art and vibrant culture originating from the province.“Starting with Québec Now!, the third season of NextSteps is sure to be amazing,” said Jeanne Holmes, Harbourfront Centre’s Dance Programmer. “With World Premieres from ProArteDanza, Toronto Dance Theatre, Dancemakers and The Chimera Project, plus the world's largest festival and conference devoted to Indian dance, this 25th anniversary season of dance at Harbourfront Centre reflects the excitement and energy of the far reaching dance world that Toronto calls its own. After 25 years - we're just getting started!”The Enwave Theatre and newly refurbished Premiere Dance Theatre, celebrating 25 years as Toronto’s leading stage for contemporary dance with a Gala re-opening September 25-27, 2008, will once again be the venues for NextSteps. Tickets for all NextSteps 2008/09 events are on sale September 9, ticket packages are also available. For information or box office, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.comNextSteps 2008/09 - Complete Schedule (Events and Dates Subject to Change)DanceWorks presents DW172: Daniel Léveillé Danse - La pudeur des icebergsPart of Québec Now!Léveillé delves into the mysterious relationships that govern bodies and movement. “a dance that could have been painted by Balthus.” Jennifer Dunning, New York TimesOctober 2 – 3, 8:00 p.m., Premiere Dance TheatreTickets: $18-28www.danceworks.caProArteDanza Part of Québec Now!World PremiereThree fabulous new works with Emily Molnar’s The Anonymous Collection, Kevin O’Day’s 8 short studies and Robert Glumbek’s Of Men and Boys.October 8 – 11, 8:00 p.m., Premiere Dance TheatreTickets: $20-38; NextSteps Package Price: $15-33www.proartedanza.comSooRyu Festival - Korean Dance Studies Society - A DanceWorks CoWorks presentationA medley of elaborate and important ritual dances that features works from Buddhist monks of the Bongwon Temple, Mi Young Kim Dance Company, Denise Fujiwara, Peter Chin and Sashar Zarif. October 23 – 25, 8:00 p.m., Enwave TheatreTickets: $25-28; NextSteps Package Price: $20www.koreandance.netCantos de la Tierra (Songs of the Earth) - Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company World PremiereExciting, imaginative and masterful flamenco created and performed to honour our human connection with the earth. International guests from Spain join the company. November 6 – 9, 8:00 p.m. & November 9, 3:00 p.m., Premiere Dance TheatreTickets: $20-40; Next Steps Package Price $18-35www.flamencos.netToronto Dance TheatreWorld PremiereA major new work from Artistic Director Christopher House and a co-production with Canada’s National Arts Centre provocatively examines the ephemeral nature of joy.November 18 – 22, 8:00 p.m., Premiere Dance TheatreTickets:$20-38; NextSteps Package Price: $15-33www.tdt.orgGlorious Soulful Messiah - Ballet CreoleThis wonderful rendition of a holiday classic combines popular soul music, contemporary and African-Caribbean dance with the festive season.December 5 - 6, 8:00 p.m. & December 7, 3:00 p.m., Premiere Dance TheatreTickets: $20-35; NextSteps Package Price: $20-30www.balletcreole.orgThe Nutcracker - Xing Dance TheatreThis classic take on the holiday ballet will be acclaimed dancer Simon Sylvain Lalonde’s last performance in the role of the prince.Gala Night: December 13, 7:30 p.m.; December 14, 2:00 p.m., Premiere Dance TheatreTickets: $28-38; Gala VIP $100; NextSteps Package Price: $25-33www.xingdancetheatre.caDance Weekend - Dance OntarioToronto’s hottest dancers take over the stage for three days, with b-boying, ballet, belly dancing, jazz, flamenco, aerial – and everything in between.January 23 - 25, Premiere Dance TheatreTickets: $10 donation at the door www.danceontario.caContemporary Choreography in Indian Dance International Festival and ConferenceKalanidhi Fine Arts of Canada & Menaka Thakkar Dance CompanyThis unique event explores the evolution of contemporary Indian dance in India and Canada through festival performances and conference sessions. Festival Performances: January 28 - 31, 8:00 p.m., Premiere Dance TheatreFestival Single Tickets: $25-30; NextSteps Package Price: $20-24; 4-Night Package Price: $68-85Conference Venue: Canada's National Ballet School - 2-day Pass: $25Conference Sessions: January 24 - 25, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Conference Performances: Betty Oliphant Theatre, January 23-24, 8:00 p.m.Single Tickets: $35; Conference Package (including all conference sessions and conference performances): $75www.kalanidhifinearts.org | www.menakathakkardance.orgDancemakersWorld PremiereSpecifically created for the Enwave Theatre, Artistic Director Michael Trent and company present their latest bold and collaborative creation tentatively titled 60 dances in 60 minutes.February 11- 14, 8:00 p.m. & February 14, 3:00 p.m., Enwave TheatreTickets: $20-38; NextSteps Package Price: $15-33www.dancemakers.orgBanta - Collective of Black Artists (COBA)This dynamic and versatile program pushes the boundaries of contemporary Canadian dance with a traditional African voice.February 20 - 21, 8:00 p.m. & February 22, 3:00 p.m., Premiere Dance TheatreTickets; $20-32; NextSteps Package Price: $18-27www.cobainc.comEgypt - Arabesque Dance CompanyA rich tapestry of innovative choreography and sensuous emotion fusing Middle Eastern styles with contemporary performance.March 5 - 7, 8:00 p.m. & March 7- 8, 2:00 p.m., Premiere Dance TheatreTickets: $20-35; Matinee $20-25; NextSteps Package Price: $25-30; Matinee: $15-20www.arabesque.caDanceWorks presents DW174: Lola Dance - Provincial EssaysA collection of landscapes for five dancers, these works are infused with observations of the natural world – the sea, birds, flora and fauna.March 6 - 7, 8:00 p.m., Enwave TheatreTickets: $18-28 www.danceworks.caDanceWorks presents DW175: Zata Omm - FramesWorld PremiereAn original score from Andrea Rocca and video design by Elysha Poirier merge under the explorative imagination of choreographer William Yong. March 19 - 21, 8:00 p.m., Enwave TheatreTickets: $18-28www.danceworks.caThe Chimera Project - A DanceWorks CoWorks presentationWorld PremiereIntensely visceral, this World Premiere by choreographer Malgorzata Nowacka is inspired by the intoxicating state of an adrenalin rush and the unapologetic frankness of Grindhouse films. “…kick-ass.” – The Globe and MailApril 2 - 4, 8:00 p.m., Enwave TheatreTickets: $20-31; NextSteps Package Price: $15-28www.chimeraproject.orgTransformation - Ballet CreoleAn exploration of physical masks and a testament to the transformative power of drums.April 2 - 4, 8:00 p.m., Premiere Dance TheatreTickets: $20-35; NextSteps Package Price: $20-30www.balletcreole.orgDanceWorks presents Double Bill - DW176: Jenn Goodwin - Accidents for Every Occasion & Luc Dunberry - AliensThis two-part program moves from Goodwin’s heartfelt exploration of mishaps to the significance of origin and migration in Dunberry’s ever-expanding modern world.April 30 - May 2, 8:00 p.m., Enwave TheatreTickets: $18-28www.danceworks.caCanAsian International Dance FestivalWorld-class, pan-Asian dance features cutting edge contemporary, unusual traditional forms, striking design and live music.May 7- 9, Premiere Dance TheatreTickets: $25-30; NextSteps Package Price: $25www.canasiandancefestival.comDanceWorks presents DW177 Tavaziva Dance/ Collective of Black Artists (COBA) - City of Tribes and Selected Repertoire - A Co-Presentation with dance ImmersionNorth American PremiereA unique international collaboration between the UK-based Tavaziva Dance and Toronto’s own COBA; an exhilarating exchange based in a contemporary African aesthetic. “...nothing short of explosive” – The Stage, UKMay 28 - 30, 8:00 p.m., Premiere Dance TheatreTickets: $18-28www.danceworks.caGANGA - Janak Khendry Dance CompanyA multi-media dance creation celebrating the all-encompassing life force of the Ganges River in India.June 18 – 20, 8:00 p.m., Premiere Dance TheatreTickets: $23-35; NextSteps Package Price: $23-30www.jkdance.org
-30-Media Contact: Cary Mignault | 416-973-4655 | firstname.lastname@example.orgFocus: PAUSEHarbourfront Centre wants you. to. slow. down. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with information and images, what happens when someone really takes the time to reflect? From September to May Harbourfront Centre wants you to pause and make a connection to art, technology, the world. Harbourfront Centre – time well spent.Part of an ongoing focus on ideas in programming September 2008 to May 2009. Our lens. Your view.