Prestigious New Name and a Glittering Contemporary Look for Harbourfront Centre’s Premiere Dance TheatreTORONTO, September 25, 2008 – William J.S. Boyle, Chief Executive Officer of Harbourfront Centre, today announced that on the occasion of its 25th Anniversary the Premiere Dance Theatre will be rechristened with a prestigious new name, Fleck Dance Theatre, in honour of the longstanding commitment and support of Harbourfront Centre arts patrons Jim and Margaret Fleck. The Fleck’s philanthropic gift to the Dance Theatre underscores a lifetime of support and involvement in the arts, notably in the discipline of dance."We are thrilled to rename our Dance Theatre in honour of Jim and Margaret Fleck who have been instrumental in Harbourfront Centre's history for more than 25 years,” said William Boyle. “As arts patrons extraordinaire there could be no more fitting and visionary name to lead us into a new era, particularly since both have had a long standing commitment to furthering Canadian dance."Jim Fleck has a long history of involvement with Harbourfront Centre which predates the original opening of the theatre, on September 24, 1983, that will now bear the Fleck name. The Premiere Dance Theatre was Canada’s first venue constructed specifically for contemporary dance. The Founding President of the Board of Directors of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre, Jim is the current President of the Harbourfront Foundation. Both he and Margaret have demonstrated steadfast commitment to Harbourfront Centre and its cultural mandate of accessibility to the world’s finest and most innovative contemporary artists.Among a long list of important initiatives Jim Fleck spearheaded the creation of and fundraising for the Toronto Music Garden, working with Harbourfront Centre, cellist Yo Yo Ma and the City of Toronto. Today the Toronto Music Garden is a cultural jewel on the waterfront and features summer music concerts programmed by Harbourfront Centre.Margaret Fleck has had an equally distinctive life in the arts, as a choreographer and dancer, and currently as an avid supporter of both the National Ballet School and the National Ballet of Canada where her commitment to Canadian dance began in the 1960s. The newly refurbished Fleck Dance Theatre reopens with a 3 day celebration presented by BMO Financial Group, honouring 25 years of Canadian dance. This begins what will certainly be a continuing cornerstone role for the Theatre as instrumental to Canada’s vibrant dance community.The Fleck Dance Theatre is nestled inside the historic Queen’s Quay Terminal and since its opening in 1983 has featured more than 500 dance productions, 125 theatre and music productions and readings by well over 1000 authors. On the occasion of its 25th Anniversary the Fleck Dance Theatre has been completely refurbished with an entirely new interior.
-30-Harbourfront Centre gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Department of Canadian Heritage and the City of Toronto in the refurbishment of the Fleck Dance Theatre.For further information please contact: Cary Mignault | 416-973-4655 | email@example.com