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Harbourfront Centre Summer 2004 - Dance Overview

This summer, Harbourfront Centre features two innovative world premiere dance pieces from known Toronto choreographers and two Toronto premiere pieces featuring International dance artists, as well as seven Harbourfront Centre premieres of new works.

Enjoy global food, music and dance by delving into a rich mosaic of culture at the Stella Artois World's Fare: A Global Feast (July 2-4). This weekend showcases a myriad of dance programming. Leading visitors through an Eastern European tour is Desna Ukrainian Dance Company on the CIBC stage in their premiere Harbourfront Centre performance. Presenting a unique repertoire of folk, classical and character dance from various Ukraine regions, this troupe balances the men's vigourous Kozak leaps and acrobatics with the women's graceful and intricate footwork to create a spectacular afternoon performance. World of Circus is a high-flying performance in its Toronto debut from former members of the Moscow Circus and Cirque du Soleil that champions vibrant physicality in dance.
 
Three food-inspired choreographies of new works are also featured around the Harbourfront Centre throughout the weekend. Weeded is a piece choreographed by Marlee Cargill featuring Heather Hammond, Raquel Gil-Jiminez, Marlee Cargill and Viv Moore. It plays with the notion of social dining etiquette gone wrong and integrates movement from physical theatre and everyday situations. Nice Cuppa Tea explores the delight and charm of English teatime. Choreographer Julia Aplin pulls from her mother's British influence on growing up while being told to "never underestimate the power of a nice cup of tea." This dizzying spectacle involves 5 dancers,  32 cups and saucers and delicate tea pouring technique. Choreographer Allen Kaeja brings his unpredictable work Tabled Manners. Described  as “beautifully evocative” by The Washington Post and  “physically explosive” by Dance International, this eccentric work features seven dancers from Kaeja d'Dance.

Ritmo y Color: A Latin American Arts Festival (July 16-18) features the world premiere of Angels of The World, a shared dance-theatre commissioned piece for the Ritmo y Color and Planet IndigenUs festivals. Choreographer Newton Moraes with Indigenous dancers Tamara Podemski and Norma Araiza collaborate to create two new pieces of complementary work exploring common themes, traditions, values and ideas. The works, the first premiered in Ritmo y Color and the second premiered in the Planet IndigenUs festival, explore the interplay of two women encountering life in a new environment, sharing their dreams and their despair.


Celebrated contemporary Mexican dancer Serafín Aponte is showcased in his Toronto premiere in Inocencio X. This solo modern dance piece is inspired by Velázquez's portrait of Pope Inocencio X, later re-interpreted by Francis Bacon. Aponte takes both images, one beside the other, and through observation dances to represent two unique states of being, each presenting a different version of solitude. 

Yoruba Havana features a Harbourfront Centre premiere rhythmic dance performance by Roberto Torres as well as an Afro Cuban Workshop. Through this piece, involving drumming and dancing, audiences will learn of  "The Wemilere", a religious celebration in honor of Orisha Goddess Chango in which all gods and saints participate showing their powers and abilities through drum performances.

Planet IndigenUs: An International Indigenous Arts Festival (August 13-22) delights visitors with the world premiere of the innovative Agua-Water . Choreographed by Alejandro Ronceria with assistance from Penny Couchie, it is performed in the Natrel Pond by Toronto's Earth in Motion World Indigenous Dance Company. The choreography and musical scoring, created through various concentrated improvisation sessions and based on extensive research of traditional Indigenous rituals and ceremonies, was specially commissioned for this festival. It explores our relationship to water and promises to be a memorable production, involving seven dancers, four singers, four musicians all performing in the torchlit pond.
 
Harbourfront Centre Summer 2004 events take place at 235 Queens Quay West in Toronto. All events are free admission. For further information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit us online at www.harbourfrontcentre.com 
 
Attention Media:  More events to be announced as well as individual festival releases
Hi-res jpegs, discipline overviews and event releases are available at: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summerfestivals/mediakit.php
 
Media Contacts:
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655,
sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Rebecca Webster, 416-973-4397, rwebster@harbourfrontcentre.com
Bill Bobek, 416-973-4428, wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com  
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