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NextSteps 08|09 Season Re-announcement

An Enthralling Season of Dance Continues through June as Toronto’s Finest Companies take to the Stages at Harbourfront Centre with Diverse Works
(Complete Season Schedule Included in this Release)

TORONTO, (January 14, 2009) Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps 08|09 dance season continues in the new year with more outstanding works from Toronto’s pre-eminent dance companies. With an incredible range of leading choreographers and top dancers, NextSteps enables Toronto’s dance community the opportunity to showcase the diversity of their broad international backgrounds and influences.

The NextSteps season returns January 23, 2009 and runs through June 20, 2009. From the assorted works of Dance Ontario’s Dance Weekend, to the world premiere of Dancemaker’s latest offering, NextSteps arrives in 2009 with a bang and continues its momentum with offerings from Zata Omm, The Chimera Project and many other stunning performances.

The Enwave Theatre and the newly refurbished Fleck Dance Theatre, celebrating 25 years as Toronto’s leading stage for contemporary dance, remain the venues for NextSteps.

Tickets for all NextSteps 08|09 events are available through the Harbourfront Centre box office: by phone 416-973-4000 or through

NextSteps (2009) - Complete Schedule (Events and Dates Subject to Change)
*Media Note: Media contacts for each production included with description of event

Dance Ontario - Dance Weekend
Toronto’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, Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $10 donation at the door
Media Contact: Dianne Weinrib at

Contemporary Choreography in Indian Dance
International Conference and Dance Festival
Kalanidhi Fine Arts of Canada & Menaka Thakkar Dance Company
This 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., Fleck Dance Theatre
Festival Single Tickets: $25-30; NextSteps Package Price: $20-24; 4-Night Package Price: $68-85
Conference Venue: Canada's National Ballet School - 2-day Pass: $25
Conference 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): $75 |
Media Contact: Karen Dempster at

Dancemakers - It's about time: 60 dances in 60 minutes
World Premiere
Specifically created for the Enwave Theatre, Artistic Director Michael Trent and company present their latest bold and collaborative creation that showcases 60 discreet dances/events in a 60-minute performance.
February 11- 14, 8:00 p.m. & February 14, 3:00 p.m., Enwave Theatre
Tickets: $20-38; NextSteps Package Price: $15-33
Media Contact: Kim Blackwell at

Collective of Black Artists (COBA) - Banta
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., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets; $20-32; NextSteps Package Price: $18-27
Media Contact: Christine Moynihan at

Arabesque Dance Company - Egypt
A 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., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $20-35; Matinee $20-25; NextSteps Package Price: $25-30; Matinee: $15-20
Media Contact: Yvonne Liu at

DanceWorks presents DW174: Lola Dance - Provincial Essays
A 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 Theatre
Tickets: $18-28
Media Contact: Dianne Weinrib at

DanceWorks presents DW175: Zata Omm - Frames
World Premiere
An 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 Theatre
Tickets: $18-28
Media Contact: Dianne Weinrib at

The Chimera Project - A DanceWorks CoWorks presentation
World Premiere
This new creation is inspired by a lust for highly physical and intense experiences, tapping into the immediate struggles and beauty of our urban existence.
April 2 - 4, 8:00 p.m., Enwave Theatre
Tickets: $20-31; NextSteps Package Price: $15-28
Media Contact:
Malgorzata Nowacka at

Ballet Creole - Transformation
An exploration of physical masks and a testament to the transformative power of drums.
April 2 - 4, 8:00 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $20-35; NextSteps Package Price: $20-30
Media Contact:
Anna Di Costanzo at

**PLEASE NOTE PROGRAM CHANGE: DanceWorks presents Double Bill - DW176: Jenn Goodwin - Accidents for Every Occasion & Susee Burpee - Mischance and Fair Fortune
This two-part program moves from Goodwin’s heartfelt exploration of mishaps to the significance of origin and Burpee's harrowing duet based on Ovid’s tale of two lovers who live and die without ever meeting.
April 30 - May 2, 8:00 p.m., Enwave Theatre
Tickets: $18-28
Media Contact: Dianna Weinrib at

CanAsian International Dance Festival
World-class, pan-Asian dance features cutting edge contemporary, unusual traditional forms, striking design and live music.
Programme A: Wednesday May 6 and Friday May 8, 8:00 p.m.
Features: Ko Murobushi (Tokyo), Jung-Ah Chung (Vancouver) and princess productions (Toronto).
Programme B: Thursday May 7 and Saturday May 9, 8:00 p.m.
Features: Post Ego Dance Company (Seoul), Mira Hunter (Vancouver) and Andrea Nann (Toronto).
Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $25-30; NextSteps Package Price: $25
Media Contact: Adina Herling at

DanceWorks presents DW177 Tavaziva Dance/ Collective of Black Artists (COBA) - City of Tribes and Selected Repertoire - A Co-Presentation with dance Immersion
North American Premiere
A 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, UK
May 28 - 30, 8:00 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $18-28
Media Contact: Dianne Weinrib at

Janak Khendry Dance Company - GANGA
A multi-media dance creation celebrating the all-encompassing life force of the Ganges River in India.
June 18 – 20, 8:00 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $23-35; NextSteps Package Price: $23-30
Media Contact:


Media Contact: Cary Mignault | 416-973-4655 |

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