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Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage 08:09 Concludes with the Astounding Theatre Production The Cleansing Of Constance Brown and the Thought-Provoking Performance Installation Of All The People In All The World, presented by Siemens

TORONTO, ON (April 16, 2009)Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage 08:09 completes a critically acclaimed season with two visually-astounding works by the incomparable Stan’s Cafe of Birmingham, UK. From May 5 through May 24, Stan’s Cafe inhabits Harbourfront Centre with two distinct and compelling works to conclude another exceptional series of diverse performing arts with a sensational climax.

Stan’s Cafe (pronounced kaff) opens with their bold and ominous theatrical piece The Cleansing Of Constance Brown. The audience is seated at the mouth of a specially constructed corridor and watch as only seven performers play 73 characters. With only six words of dialogue, the players run through a barrage of entrancing and alarming scenes. From mysterious office scenarios, to allusions of Guantanamo Bay, the ever changing characters in the corridor reflect images and stories across centuries.

Throughout the performance, the lines between theatre and installation are blurred as the corridor shifts in a menacing and unpredictable manner while scenes intercept and merge, making connections across time and space. The work explores the power of people who inhabit the hidden rooms opening off the corridor, and the cleansing of a woman, Constance Brown, who appears to have lived in all ages, both here and around the globe.

Tickets for The Cleansing Of Constance Brown are $40 on sale through the Harbourfront Centre box office at 416-973-4000 or through www.harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage. *Please note that this performance has a limited number of seats available. The public can call box office for details.

The second work on display at Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage from Stan’s Cafe is their staggering, edifying and world renowned performance installation Of All The People In All The World, presented by Siemens.

Of All The People In All The World depicts some of the world’s most complex issues in an inspiring and visually impactful manner that encourages tough questions,” said Dirk Miller, Vice President Corporate Communications, Siemens Canada. “Siemens prides itself on delivering answers to those tough questions and is delighted to be associated with this compelling exhibit during its Toronto run.”

Since 2003, Stan’s Cafe has brought the show to over 40 cities around the world, including Europe, Australia, and North America – this marks the first visit to Toronto. The show adapts to its setting: the country, city and building in which it is performed. From 15-tonnes of rice, the team of performers carefully weighs out quantities of rice, each grain representing a single person, to elucidate various human populations and statistics. The result is an ever-changing landscape that brings to life local, national and global statistics (the version appearing at World Stage will focus on the people of the Americas). The juxtaposition of these piles can be moving, shocking, celebratory, witty and thought-provoking. In response to spectator reactions and requests, the artists also dismantle old piles and create new ones.

Of All The People In All The World is free and open to the public, and perfect for all ages. Rice used in this project will go to food banks and other organizations in need. Members of Stan’s Cafe will be on hand to interact and discuss with the public in order to demonstrate the delicate and fastidious nature of the rice-based statistical creations.

*MEDIA NOTE: Images and press kits available at: http://old.harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstagemedia/

Stan’s Cafe – The Cleansing Of Constance Brown
May 5, 8:00 p.m.; May 6-8, 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.; May 9, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West
Tickets: $40

Stan’s Cafe – Of All The People In All The World presented by Siemens
Free for all ages
Open to the public: May 13-24, Weekdays: 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.,
Weekends: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

Harbourfront Centre box office and information: 416-973-4000 or www.harbourfrontcentre.com

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




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