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Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps 2009-10 Season Announced

TORONTO, ON (August 25, 2009) – Harbourfront Centre is excited to announce the NextSteps 09|10 line-up, another unrivalled season of globally inspired dance performances from September, 2009 through May, 2010. Entering its fourth year, NextSteps is without parallel in the city and enables Toronto’s pre-eminent dance companies the opportunity to reflect the diversity of their broad international backgrounds and influences.

NextSteps offers Toronto audiences access to a selection of productions at the forefront of contemporary dance and responds to the creative spirit in Toronto and Canada, with a series of works that cross creative disciplines and boundaries.

NextSteps 09|10 will showcase more than 23 companies, with a range of new works including no fewer than eight world premieres, and the return of several perennial favourites at Harbourfront Centre’s two world class venues, the Fleck Dance Theatre and Enwave Theatre.

NextSteps 09|10 Ticket Information
Tickets are on sale to the public August 25, including the Flex Pass (until September 23), Group Sales, the DANCECARD Programme and other incentives to see the best in dance at exceptional prices. For tickets and information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

Harbourfront Centre’s Complete NextSteps 2009-10 Season Line-Up

DanceWorks DW 178: firstthingsfirst productions – Namesake: three
World Premiere! Sept. 23-25, 8 p.m., Enwave Theatre
Tickets: $18-$28
An evening of world premieres by three outstanding Canadian choreographers: Kate Alton, Marc Boivin and Emily Molnar.

Menaka Thakkar Dance Company - Voyage of Awakening
Sept. 25-26, 8 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $20-$35
An evening of powerful contemporary dance featuring bharatanatyam, kalaripayattu, aerial and modern dance styles.

ProArteDanza - Season 2009
World Premiere! Oct. 14-17, 8 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets $20-$38
Works include a world premiere by Artistic Director Roberto Campanella, and a North American premiere by award-winning Artistic Associate, Robert Glumbek.

Lata Pada SAMPRADAYA Dance Creations – SAMVAD
Oct. 23–24, 8 p.m. & Oct. 24, 2 p.m., Enwave Theatre
Tickets: $15–$30
A multidisciplinary collaboration performed by Canadian artists from First Nations, African-Caribbean and South Asian backgrounds.

The Chimera Project - Blood
Oct. 27, 28 & 30, 31, 8 p.m. & Nov. 1, 2 p.m., Enwave Theatre
Tickets: $16-$33
Back by popular demand, The Chimera Project returns with Artistic Director Malgorzata Nowacka’s latest creation, Blood.

Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie - Kudelka Evening
World Premiere! Nov. 4-7, 8 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $25-$45
The programme includes the masterpieces Soudain, l’hiver dernier and In Paradisum, as well as a world premiere by James Kudelka. In association with Harbourfront Centre.

DanceWorks DW 179: Noam Gagnon - The Vision Impure
Nov. 6–7, 8 p.m., Enwave Theatre
Tickets: $18–$28
Riveting solos performed by the incomparable Noam Gagnon with choreography by Gagnon, Nigel Charnock (UK) and Daniel Léveillé (Quebec).

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company – iLORCA! In Search of Duende
Nov. 12-14, 8 p.m., Nov. 15, 3 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $18–$40
Provocative and original flamenco inspired by the life and legacy of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca, long considered one of flamenco’s most evocative writers.

HCA Dance Theatre – Displacement
Nov. 18-21, 8 p.m. & Nov. 21, 2 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $30–$35
A multimedia collaboration between three internationally acclaimed Canadian artists: Robert Glumbek, Vessna Perunovich and Christos Hatzis.

Ballet Creole – Soulful Messiah
Dec. 11–12, 8 p.m. & Dec. 13, 3 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $20-$45
Celebrating 20 years, Ballet Creole returns with Soulful Messiah - a contemporary interpretation of Handel’s oratorio, The Messiah.

Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre – WINTERSONG 2009 - Dances for a Sacred Season
Dec. 18, 8 p.m. & Dec. 19, 2 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $15–$28
WINTERSONG has warmed the hearts of family audiences for 22 years with its breathtaking tapestry of seasonal dance.

Dance Ontario – DanceWeekend 2010
Jan. 22, performances 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., & Jan. 23-24, performances 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $10 donation at the door
Hundreds of Toronto’s hottest dancers perform contemporary, b-boy, ballet, bellydance, bharatanatyam, jazz, flamenco, African – and everything in between.

Arabesque Dance Company & Orchestra – OUM (Mother)
Feb. 11-14, 8 p.m. & Feb. 13-14, 2 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $15-$35
Arabesque features live acoustic Arabic music and vocals accompanying 18 dancers performing bellydance, whirling dervish and the ritual arts of the Middle East.

Toronto Dance Theatre
World Premiere! Feb 16-20, 8 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $14-$38
Toronto Dance Theatre presents nine extraordinary dancers in a new work by one of Canada’s most inventive choreographers, Christopher House.

Peggy Baker Dance Projects - confluence
World Premiere! Feb 24-27, 8 p.m. & Feb. 28, 4 p.m., Enwave Theatre
Tickets: $25-$30
Making a long anticipated return to Harbourfront Centre, award winning dancer and choreographer Peggy Baker unveils an evening of premieres with outstanding dancers.

COBA (Collective of Black Artists) - Diasporic Dimensions
World Premiere! Feb. 26–27, 8 p.m. & Feb. 28, 3 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $18-$32
COBA, now in its 17th season of dance and music, presents four world premieres exploring innovation, spirituality, and legacy.

DanceWorks DW180: Double Bill
Denise Fujiwara - Lost and Found with Susie Burpee - Fidelity’s Edge
World Premieres! Mar. 4–6, 8 p.m., Enwave Theatre
Tickets: $18–$28
Celebrating her 30th anniversary in dance, Fujiwara performs a world premiere solo informed by butoh and post-modern techniques. Dora Mavor Moore recipient Burpee presents an unflinching and gritty look at the coarse underbelly of an intimate relationship.

March 18-20, 8 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $18–$31
Following its celebrated debut in New York City, inDANCE presents BOX - a provocative global view of contemporary Indian dance.

DanceWorks DW181: Wen Wei Dance - Cock-Pit
Apr. 9–10, 8 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $18-$28
Choreographer Wen Wei Wang’s highly kinetic quintet for four men and one woman is inspired by his memories of student days in China.

Ballet Creole - Sankofa
Apr. 15-17, 8 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $20–$45
Intimate, poly-rhythmic and gravity-defying, Sankofa sparks emotion, solidifying a new direction while revealing the company’s eclecticism from traditional to contemporary.

DanceWorks DW182: Compagnie La Otra Orilla - El 12
April 23–24, 8 p.m., Enwave Theatre
Tickets: $18–$28
Infused with the spirit of Spain’s Andalusia, the highly innovative flamenco company performs El 12, a work that explores the passage of time, waiting and loss.

DanceWorks DW 183: Ipsita Nova Dance Projects – Isolated Incidents
May 13–15, 8 p.m., Enwave Theatre
Tickets: $18–$28
Nova Bhattacharya creates a series of solos that explore our understanding of the progression of life.

dance Immersion – 2010 Showcase Presentation
May 27-29, 8 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $15–$30
An evening of expressive and revealing dance featuring works from some of the nation’s foremost up-and-coming dance artists.

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