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New Toronto-London interdisciplinary arts project continues Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH 2011 season in the inaugural performance of Mrtvolka

TORONTO, ON (March 15, 2011) – Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH season continues with Mrtvolka from Daniela Sneppova and Penn Kemp. Exploring the space between light and darkness, between presence and absence, Mrtvolka presents a multimedia phantasmagoria that will travel the obscure borderlands separating recorded and live performance. Sneppova and Kemp create a haunting, shadowy world that will have audiences questioning their senses.

Mrtvolka is the Czech diminutive term for a corpse, but it is also used in Czech cinema to refer to a freeze frame or film still. This ghostly double meaning – media as frozen image and media as once-living body – is the point of departure for a fantastic voyage into the realm of illusion. Mixing live performance, recordings and projections, Mrtvolka immerses audiences in a magical space between interior and exterior worlds, between past and present, between the uncanny and the real.

Mrtvolka moves across stillness and motion, sound and silence, shadow and light, as it re-imagines Penn’s poem, “Crossing the Light” (which can be read at Emerging from two of Ontario’s most creative hubs – Toronto and London – Mrtvolka is presented live, with performers Kemp, Wanda Vanderstoop, Joanna Jang and others. HATCH’s unique development and residency programme offers the public an exclusive first look at this work, April 9, 7 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre.

Performance details for Mrtvolka
Daniela Sneppova and Penn Kemp
Saturday, April 9, 7:00 p.m.
Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre, 235 Queens Quay West
Approximate running time: 45 minutes
Tickets: $15, $12 (Students/Seniors/Arts Workers) available at Harbourfront Centre box office 416-973-4000 or online at

About the Participants:
Daniela Sneppova is an artist working across the boundaries of photography, performance and electronic media. She lives in Toronto and teaches at the University of Western Ontario. Penn Kemp is the inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of London, Ontario. Playwright and performer, she was Western’s writer-in-residence in 2010, for more information visit

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. For more information about Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH 2011 season, visit or call 416-973-4000.


MEDIA CONTACT: Penn Kemp, tel: 519-434-8555,, or
Daniela Sneppova, tel: 647-344-6564,

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