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Two Canadian Exclusives as Kitt Johnson X-act of Denmark Returns to Harbourfront Centre with Rankefod, and Spaghetti Western Orchestra Make Their Gun-Slinging Toronto Debut

TORONTO, ON -- September 24, 2008World Stage 08:09 launches with Rankefod, a mesmerizing solo dance performance co-presented with DanceWorks from the beguiling Kitt Johnson X-act of Denmark, Thursday, October 16 through Saturday, October 18. Concurrently, Australia’s Spaghetti Western Orchestra makes their Toronto debut, Friday, October 17 through Sunday, October 19, with masterful adaptations of Ennio Morricone’s legendary film scores. These engagements are both exclusive Canadian appearances to unleash the brand new season of World Stage, running through May 2009 at Harbourfront Centre.

Single tickets and specially priced packages for all World Stage 08:09 performances are on sale through the Harbourfront Centre box office at 416-973-4000, or through harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage

In a follow-up to her triumphant 2004 SuperDANISH programme featuring The Lemonkeepers and Stigma at Harbourfront Centre, Kitt Johnson X-act returns with a solo performance in celebration of the origin of the species. Rankefod, the Danish word for cirripede - the lesser class of crustacean that includes barnacles - is second in a series of performances which focus on body, anatomy and choreography. Whereas number one, Aortas Partitur (2003), dealt widely with emerging energies, qualities and images, Rankefod concentrates specifically on uncovering the body’s evolutionary memory, beyond its physical reality, in an incredible metamorphosis.

“We are very much looking forward to returning to Toronto,” Johnson said. “[The] first time was in connection to SuperDANISH, now to return ‘independently’ is great. We like continuity....meeting an audience more than once. Digging deeper.”

Harbourfront Centre plays host to the Australian Spaghetti Western Orchestra on their first ever visit to Toronto, a fact which has Canadian Denis Blais, Artistic Director, very excited. With sold-out shows in Montréal (where Blais was born) in 2007, and shows in Paris, Hamburg and Koln, Blais feels the group will benefit significantly with 3 shows in Toronto. "Kicking off our first ever North American tour in Toronto is an absolute gift to the Spaghetti Western Orchestra,” said Blais. “Knowing that we will be playing our first show dates to such a film savvy public ...to a city that is so well respected for breaking in new talent and art forms is a massive honour and will without a doubt inspire us to bring on our best performances.”

The five members of Spaghetti Western Orchestra rotate playing over 100 instruments, and flawlessly distill Ennio Morricone’s universally recognized soundtracks for landmark western films such as The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, A Fistful Of Dollars and Once Upon A Time In The West – among many others. The group performs a tonal re-enactment of Morricone’s timeless classics, capturing every note from traditional instruments often using unconventional or Foley art elements, such as glass bottles or crunching corn flakes, to recreate the music that has pervaded the collective consciousness of generations of film fans.

“We'll bring on the grunts, squints and spittoon ricochets along with the 100 or so instruments that we play,” continues Blais, “and we let the audience make the movie in their own imaginative landscape. We try and recreate the magnificent creative process that existed between Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone right there and then ...live on stage. We be Ennio, you be Sergio, Toronto...simple as that!"

*MEDIA NOTE: Video footage available at www.spaghettiwesternorchestra.com

Kitt Johnson X-act – Rankefod
Co-Presented with DanceWorks
October 16-18, 8:00 p.m.
Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West
Tickets: $15-30

Spaghetti Western Orchestra
October 17-19, 8:00 p.m.
Premiere Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West
Tickets $15-30

For further information about all World Stage and Harbourfront Centre events, please visit harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage or call 416-973-4000.

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Media contact: Cary Mignault | t 416-973-4655 | cmignault@harbourfrontcentre.com

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