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Harbourfront Centre’s 2011 HATCH Season Announced

Harbourfront Centre’s Unique Residency and Mentorship Programme Returns with Four Contemporary Performance Projects

TORONTO, ON (Dec. 1, 2010) – Harbourfront Centre is thrilled to announce the four selected works for the eighth season of HATCH, running March and April, 2011. Perhaps Toronto’s most unique development opportunity, HATCH offers local artists access to a fully serviced venue, use of stage and lighting equipment as well as expert support during the cultivation of their work starting from the proposal stage, culminating in a one-week residency and at least one workshop presentation at Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre. This mentorship programme is available to HATCH artists from September 2010 through May 2011.

HATCH is a chance for artists to develop a project through its crucial early stages. HATCH audiences have the unique ability to be the first to view these works-in-progress and thereby become a part of the continuing development of the project, through their voluntary participation and feedback. The 2011 HATCH season will feature a cash bar after each performance which will offer audience members and performers the chance to interact and share ideas.

Also new for 2011, Harbourfront Centre is pleased to welcome artist, performer, researcher and artistic director of Public Recordings, Ame Henderson as guest curator. Committed to collaborative working structures both aesthetically and politically, Henderson maintains ongoing collaborations with artists from different disciplines, and continents, and continues to create works that are presented across Canada and internationally.

Four projects were selected from 60 submitted proposals to participate in 2011 HATCH, demonstrating the crucial role the programme plays for Toronto’s ever-burgeoning performance community. This year, the curatorial process focused on selecting artists that were committed to working collaboratively and pushing themselves outside of their normal working practice.

Tickets for all HATCH performances are on sale January 18, 2011 through the Harbourfront Centre box office. Prices are $15 or $12, for Students/Seniors/Arts Workers or $40 for a pass to see all four shows. Tickets are available by phone at 416-973-4000 or through

2011 Season Schedule – HATCH
*PLEASE NOTE: All performances take place in Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre

Looking Sea Collective
March 12, 7:45 p.m.
Inspired by stories gathered from family members, Passages explores the magical space between interior and exterior worlds using choreography, video and live soundscapes. Looking Sea Collective presents an interdisciplinary performance, family stories that become myths and the ones we try to bury within our collective memories. About the company: Looking Sea Collective (Lesley Loksi Chan, Laura Kappel, Angela Molina and Arthur Yeung) intertwine various disciplines to create layered works that challenge the conventions of performance.

Idee Fixe
March 25, 8:30 p.m. & March 26, 8 p.m.
A team of theatre, dance, music and film artists investigates the circumstances and consequences of Lear’s perplexing act of self-sabotage. Idee Fixe’s searing adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear examines the experience of a divided-self. About the company: Director Philip McKee received critical acclaim for the 2010 projects SIA and Foster Child Play.

Daniela Sneppova and Penn Kemp
April 9, 7 p.m.
Mrtvolka (“little corpse”) travels the border between the mediated and the live. Utilizing techniques from the multimedia spectacles of 19th century phantasmagoria, Sneppova and Kemp present a shadowy world that will make the audience question their collective senses. About the company: Performer and playwright Penn Kemp is the inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of London, Ont. Daniela Sneppova creates works in photography, performance and electronic media.

One Block
UnSpun Theatre
April 16, 8 p.m.
A performance, an exhibit, a series of stories, histories and an online archive ask: How much do you really know about the street you live on? UnSpun Theatre examines how we are shaped by our physical environments, by the people who surround us and by the history under our feet. About the company: Since 2004, Toronto-based UnSpun Theatre has been creating award-winning work that stretches the boundaries of the current English Canadian theatre tradition.

About HATCH at Harbourfront Centre
Entering its eighth year, HATCH is a key initiative in Harbourfront Centre’s mission to develop local artists and their unique practices. The HATCH mentorship provides resources and professional assistance to a new generation of engaging and innovative contemporary artists to reach the next career stage with a comprehensive understanding of process and challenges that artists must embrace.

The HATCH residency package includes one week rent-free in the Studio Theatre, technical and production assistance, box office backing and administrative assistance, marketing and media relations support and workshops, and professional development assistance.


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