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


World Stage to host Toronto Premiere of Questo Buio Feroce (The Wild Darkness)
from Italy’s Compagnia Pippo Delbono

TORONTO, ON (Dec. 8, 2010)Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage 2010-11 is proud to host Italian performer/director Pippo Delbono for his inaugural visit to a Toronto stage with the theatrical spectacle Questo Buio Feroce (The Wild Darkness), January 26 to January 29, 2011 at the Fleck Dance Theatre.

For over 20 years Delbono has been creating works that defy the boundaries of contemporary theatre, working with world renowned dance and theatre creators, including the legendary Pina Bausch. His visions have been described as “part theater, part dance, part carnival, part music, the works … are hard to categorize; they leave viewers alternately elated, drained, shocked and thoughtful.” – Tara Mulholland, New York Times

Delbono’s Questo Buio Feroce was inspired and adapted from the autobiographical essays This Wild Darkness: The Story of My Life by American writer Harold Brodkey, as he neared death from AIDS, first published in 1996. The stage adaptation is a reflection on life in the shadow of death: “a parade of haunting tableaux that connect in a poetic way, defying interpretation.” – Pat Donnelly, Montreal Gazette

Questo Buio Feroce features actors and non-actors whom Delbono has assembled from various walks of life, including Bobò (who spent over 40 years in a Naples asylum for the clinically insane), former homeless people, and individuals confronted with other adverse circumstances. “After having worked with them,” said Delbono, “I can no longer accept that the more ‘difficult’ members of society be looked upon differently. They have become the stars of my success…It just goes to show that diversity can be a fundamental tool to opening up people’s perspectives.”

*MEDIA NOTE: Production images and materials available here: harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage1011/media.cfm

In celebration of the Toronto premiere of Questo Buio Feroce, Harbourfront Centre will launch the balance of World Stage 2010-11 with a contest offering audiences an opportunity to win a Trip for 2 to Campania, Italy, compliments of Transat Holidays. Details will be available on harbourfrontcentre.com in early to mid-December.

Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage 2010-11
Questo Buio Feroce (The Wild Darkness) - In English and Italian with English surtitles
Compagnia Pippo Delbono (Italy)
Jan. 26-29, 8 p.m. (*Post-show Q & A Jan. 27)
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, 3rd Floor Queen’s Quay Terminal Bldg.
Tickets: $15-$49, Box office: 416 973-4000 or harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage1011

Cast and Crew:

QUESTO BUIO FEROCE
World Premiere, Rome, 2006
Conceived and directed by Pippo Delbono
With Dolly Albertin, Gianluca Ballarè, Raffaella Banchelli, Bobò, Pippo Delbono, Lucia Della Ferrera, Ilaria Distante, Gustavo Giacosa, Simone Goggiano, Mario Intruglio, Nelson Lariccia, Julia Morawietz, Gianni Parenti, Pepe Robledo
Set designer: Claude Santerre
Light designer: Robert John Resteghini
Technical manager: Fabio Sajiz
Chief machinist: Gianluca Bolla
Machinist: Mattia Manna
Sound: Angelo Colonna
Light: Orlando Bolognesi
Wardrobe: Elena Giampaoli
Set and costumes: realized in the workshops of Theatre de la Place-Liège

Complete information about performance times and tickets is available through the Harbourfront Centre box office by phone at 416-973-4000, or online at harbourfrontcentre.com

Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage 2010-11 gratefully acknowledges the support of Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and Intercontinental, the official host hotel of World Stage.

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


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