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Idée Fixe reworks William Shakespeare’s King Lear at Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH 2011

Toronto, ON (March 1, 2011) – Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH 2011 season continues with Lear from the Toronto/Montreal creative collective Idée Fixe. The team of theatre, dance, music, and film artists creates an adaptation of King Lear with a focus on the title character’s perplexing act of self-sabotage and examines the experience of a divided-self, the difference between knowing and not knowing, and our reasons for doing the things we know we shouldn’t. Idée Fixe’s Lear runs March 25-26, 8:30 p.m., at Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre.

Inspired by the most famous portrayal of personal decline in the English language, Idée Fixe explores the behaviour of people confronting the end of life. The collective apply this context to investigate individuals and communities around the world that are confronted with major changes in their environmental, political and social experiences.

Director Philip McKee received critical acclaim for 2010 projects SIA (“Best of Fringe”) and Foster Child Play. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Directing Program, and was the Artist in Residence at Crow’s Theatre in 2009/2010. Lear builds on the ongoing creative collaboration between Philip and Clare Coulter. Clare, a 40 year veteran of the stage, has performed extensively throughout Canada and abroad. In productions at Toronto's Tarragon Theatre Clare premiered in English many of Canada's best known playwrights including Michel Tremblay, John Murrell, and Judith Thompson. Clare was also a founding member of Paul Thompson’s theatre collective at Theatre Passe Muraille.

Philip and Clare have worked together to create three performances, mostly recently an adaptation of La Voix Humaine with scenographer and visual artist Kate Whitehead, which was presented at Montreal’s ZOOFEST in 2009.

Clare, Kate and Philip have assembled an eclectic and dynamic group of artists to adapt Shakespeare’s text. Elene Kelebeev is a classically trained pianist who grew up in Russia, and completed the elite conservatory training at the Moscow Central Music School. Alex Napier is a writer and attended the National Theatre School of Canada’s Playwriting Program, and wrote Foster Child Play which won the RBC Arts Professional Award at the 2010 Summerworks festival. Paul Matthews is a filmmaker and founder of Consul Media Group, a writer (Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, Maisonneuve), and a graduate of Oxford University. Rose Plotek is a director and actor and graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Directing Program, and teaches in the Drama Studies department at Glendon College. Lindsey Clark is an actor and graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Acting Program. Alicia Grant is a dancer and choreographer and graduate of York University’s Dance Program.

Performance details:
Lear
Idée Fixe
Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre
March 25, 8:30 p.m., March 26, 8:30 p.m. reception with Q & A to follow both shows
Approximate runtime: 45 minutes
Tickets: $15, $12 (Students/Seniors/Arts Workers) or $40 Hatch Pass (all 4 Hatch shows)

For tickets or information about Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH 2011 season, visit harbourfrontcentre.com/hatch or call 416-973-4000.

About Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH
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 engaging and innovative contemporary artists looking to explore a new element of their practice. By giving the space and time for this to happen, Harbourfront Centre hopes to develop and grow the best new work coming out of Toronto.

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. HATCH 2011 is guest curated by Ame Henderson of Public Recordings.

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Media Enquiries: Philip McKee | 416-417-1406 | philip_mckee@yahoo.com

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