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N E X T S T E P S 2017/18 Season

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Canada’s Contemporary Dance Series


Welcome to NextSteps For over 40 years, Harbourfront Centre has been a leader in promoting, cultivating and defining dance in Canada. Audiences return year after year to see groundbreaking performances from an incredible selection of Canadian artists. Central to our year-round programming, NextSteps continues to expand and define what is possible with the combination of choreography, music and the dynamism of the human body in motion. This season, we feature more than 20 dance companies, both emerging and established, at different stages of development. New to the mix, we are introducing contemporary dance from abroad, welcoming Navdhara India Dance Theatre from Mumbai. As in seasons past, many of these productions are world premieres that will go on to tour both nationally and internationally. We are proud to host these unique performances and put Canadian dance on the international map.

Iris Nemani Chief Programming Officer Harbourfront Centre

Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charitable not-for-profit organization operating 10 prime acres of Toronto’s central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe.


Date

Company

Performance

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21–23

lbs/sq”

The Apology Project

2

22

Belinda McGuire

Waltz Slaughterhouse Requiem

2

DanceWorks: Dreamwalker Dance

Dual Light

3

1–4

ProArteDanza

Season 2017

3

10

Flamenco Sin Límites

B-Sides

4

10–11

MOonhORsE Dance Theatre

Older & Reckless

4

11

Ladies of Hip-Hop Toronto

Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival

5

16–18

DanceWorks

40th Anniversary Celebration

5

24

Flamenco Sin Límites

Patricia Guerrero

6

28

Navdhara India Dance Theatre

Amaara: A Journey of Love

6

1–3

Vivien Moore

Body Percussion Festival

7

1–3

Ballet Creole

Soulful Messiah

7

8–9

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre

WINTERSONG – dances for a sacred season

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Dance Ontario

DanceWeekend’18

8

DanceWorks: Dancers of Damelahamid

Flicker

9

15–17

DanceWorks: Human Body Expression

Chasing the Path

10

20–24

Toronto Dance Theatre

Glass Fields

10

5–7

BoucharDanse

Histoire d’amour

11

27–28

Femmes du Feu

Circus Sessions 2018

11

3–5

DanceWorks: Gadfly

UNBXBL 2

12

4–6

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company

11–13

Ballet Creole

Cry Freedom

13

25–26

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre

Alien Grace

13

September

October 19–21

November

December

January 19–21

February 9–10

March

April

May

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September

Photo: Jesse Deganis-Librera

Photo: Jubal Battisti

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Belinda McGuire

The Apology Project

Waltz Slaughterhouse Requiem

September 21–23, 8pm Harbourfront Centre Theatre

$25–34

Choreographer Gerry Trentham returns to the Harbourfront Centre stage with The Apology Project, performing the work alongside Kevin Ormsby. Set in a landscape of art works by Kaersten Colvin-Woodruff, projections by filmmaker Valerie Buhagiar, and lighting design by Simon Rossiter, The Apology Project interrogates the relationship between oppressor and oppressed, searching for the apology that releases a body from an endless legacy of violence. In association with Harbourfront Centre

September 22, 12:30pm & 8pm Fleck Dance Theatre

$42.75

This solo dance event is performed by Belinda McGuire and features two world premieres. Waltz, by Sylvain Émard (Montreal), is made in collaboration with composer Martin Tétreault, lighting designer André Rioux, and costume designer François St-Aubin, and Mcguire’s own Slaughterhouse/Requiem features costume and set design by McGuire herself, lighting design by Solomon Weisbard and projection design by Michael Bergmann. In association with Harbourfront Centre

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October–November

Photo: Jeremy Mimnagh

DanceWorks: Dreamwalker Dance

ProArteDanza Season 2017 November 1–4, 8pm

Dual Light

Fleck Dance Theatre

October 19–21, 8pm Harbourfront Centre Theatre

Photo: Cylla von Tiedmann

$28–42.25

Dual Light, conceived and directed by Andrea Nann and with dramaturgy by Sarah Chase, is a collection of visual poems featuring eight exceptional artists – Brendan Wyatt, Yuichiro Inoue, Kristy Kennedy, Joshua Van Tassel, Simon Rossiter, Cheryl Lalonde, AJ Morra and Andrea Nann. It shifts through environments of light, sound, story and memory and is a moving ‘concept album’ that unfolds layers of consciousness to reveal the presence of past and future in every moment.

$22–50

Don’t miss this pair of exciting world premieres from two world-class choreographers: Canada’s multiaward winning Matjash Mrozewski, in collaboration with playwright Anna Chatterton, and the internationally renowned Kevin O’Day, former Artistic Director of Ballet Manheim.

Tickets available at harbourfrontcentre.com

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November

Photo: Maurey Loeffler

Flamenco Sin Límites MOonhORsE Dance Theatre B-Sides November 10, 8pm

Older & Reckless

Studio Theatre

November 10, 8pm November 11, 2pm & 8pm

$27-33

/bē,sīd/ noun:

“Originally known as a reverse side of a phonograph record, generally refers to a less popular composition that does not fit with the main theme. Less indulging of critics and mainstream airplay, b-sides have also been known to showcase the more “real” side of an artist.”

B-Sides is a double bill featuring two exciting Toronto flamenco groups, Triana Project and a collective led by Nazanin Meshkat, performing works that explore emotion, self-expression and social interactions.

Harbourfront Centre Theatre

This acclaimed dance series celebrates mature dance artists and their tenacious life-long pursuit of physical expression by featuring older dancers who dare to approach mastery in their art form. The program includes award-winning artists Lesandra Dodson, Heidi Latsky, Daniel Firth/Jane Mappin and Sashar Zarif, as well as Peter Chin’s project for a cast of 30 amateurs and a special appearance by world-renowned ballerina, Evelyn Hart. In association with Harbourfront Centre

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$25–30


November

Photo: Joanna de Souza

Photo: Melika Dez

Ladies of Hip-Hop Toronto

DanceWorks

Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival

November 16–18, 8pm

November 11, 12pm

Harbourfront Centre Theatre

Brigantine Room

A stellar performance of unique works, both remounts and premieres, reflecting DanceWorks’ inspired presentations over the last 40 years. Featured artists include Esmeralda Enrique and Joanna de Souza (Amalgam), Holly Small and Robert W. Stevenson (Cheap Sunglasses), Learie McNicolls (The Night Journey and Dancing With The Ghost), and Denise Fujiwara (Songs That Move Us).

$20–25

Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival (LOHHF) provides girls and women space to learn and share their voices through hip-hop arts. Traditionally, men have dominated all facets of the hip-hop scene, but LOHHF changes this tradition and puts girls and women centre stage by offering workshops, performance opportunities, international artist exchanges and public talks to educate and create the next generation of women in hip-hop. Teaching and sharing these female perspectives is essential to the growth of hip-hop culture.

40th Anniversary Celebration

$28–42.25

In association with Harbourfront Centre

In association with KeepRockinYou

For tickets, please call 416 973 4000

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November

Harbourfront Centre presents

Amaara:

A Journey of Love Navdhara India Dance Theatre November 28, 8pm Fleck Dance Theatre, $20–40

Photo: Juan Conca

Flamenco Sin Límites Patricia Guerrero November 24, 8pm Harbourfront Centre Theatre

$35–48.25

Rising star Patricia Guerrero is taking the flamenco world by storm and is one of the most innovative dancers of her generation. This Canadian premiere delivers an original and passionate performance of dance, guitar and song. The evening pays tribute to flamenco’s roots while exploring fresh and contemporary approaches to this dynamic form of dance.

Direct from Mumbai and combining the methods of Western dance with the spiritualism of Indian forms, Navdhara India Dance Theatre creates a style of movement that is universal. In one enchanting hour, Amaara transports you into a love story where mind and body become one. Using Ashley Lobo’s Prana Paint™ technique, the dancers journey through themselves, exploring their own identity and leaving the viewer with an experience that is felt as much as it is seen.

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December

Body Percussion Festival

Ballet Creole

December 1–2, 8pm December 3, 3pm

December 1–2, 8pm December 3, 3pm

Harbourfront Centre Theatre

$12–30

Movement, Dance and Voice created solely through the body, footwear and instruments that are extensions of the body. The range of forms includes throat singing, ethno-contemporary, tap, beatbox, English sword dance, belly dance and more. Watch professional and community-based groups celebrating the joy of rhythm. Three performances feature six groups per show. Participatory workshops will provide a vibrant connection between artists and audiences.

Soulful Messiah

Fleck Dance Theatre

$20–48

Celebrate the holidays with Ballet Creole’s signature seasonal production. Using the universal languages of spirituality and joy, Soulful Messiah combines tap, African-Caribbean, ballet, jazz and modern styles for a unique holiday classic, soulfully danced to Quincy Jones’ Grammy Awardwinning rendition of Handel’s Messiah.

In association with Harbourfront Centre

Tickets available at harbourfrontcentre.com

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December–January

Photo: David Hou

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre WINTERSONG – dances for a sacred season December 8, 8pm December 9, 2pm Fleck Dance Theatre

$22.50–38

WINTERSONG’s 30th anniversary warms the hearts with a breathtaking tapestry of seasonal dance inspired by solstice traditions. Highlights include Deborah Lundmark’s Dancing Day, set to John Rutter’s luminous choral music, and the return of Santee Smith’s ravishing Star Dreamer, a traditional story of the significance of the Pleiades to Iroquoian midwinter ceremonies. 8

Photo: John Lauener

Dance Ontario DanceWeekend’18 January 19, 7pm January 20-21, 1pm Fleck Dance Theatre $10 minimum donation Totally unique and completely captivating, DanceWeekend’18 is a veritable feast of globally inspired dance from 25 professional companies presenting in Toronto throughout the year. Join us for over 350 dancers and live musicians and two world premieres from exciting new choreographic voices – a celebration of all things dance! In association with Harbourfront Centre


February

DanceWorks: Dancers of Damelahamid Flicker February 9–10, 8pm Harbourfront Centre Theatre

$28–42.50

Flicker, Directed by choreographer/ dancer Margaret Grenier, is an evocative multimedia piece performed by Vancouver-based Indigenous dance company, Dancers of Damelahamid of the Gitxsan Nation. It bridges the ancient with a living tradition in this Toronto premiere. The Gitxsan people are part of the coastal group of cultures renowned for their history of masked dance.

Your centre for dance With weekly dance performances, participatory dance events, school visits programs and dance camps, Harbourfront Centre has fantastic dance programming all year long. To find out more, sign up at harbourfrontcentre.com/ newsletters

For tickets, please call 416 973 4000

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March

Photo: Cylla von Tiedemann

DanceWorks: Human Body Expression

Toronto Dance Theatre

Chasing the Path

March 20–24, 8pm

March 15–17, 8pm

Fleck Dance Theatre

Fleck Dance Theatre

Toronto Dance Theatre celebrates its 50th anniversary with Glass Fields, a program of new works inspired by Christopher House’s hyper-kinetik masterwork Glass Houses (1983). This exhilarating evening kicks off with a remount of the original production followed by premieres from an outstanding quintet of creators: Amanda Acorn, Jasmyn Fyffe, Hanna Kiel, Tedd Robinson and Christopher House.

$28–42.25

This 60-minute quartet investigates the beauty and pain of memory. Choreographer Hanna Kiel taps into her personal experience of loss, asking how we move into the present while still feeling pain from the past. Dancers Luke Garwood, Kelly Shaw, Ryan Lee and David Norsworthy seek to connect the experiences, memory and life choices that make us who we are today.

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Glass Fields

$25–40


April

Photo: Joseph Michael

Photo: Brian Medina

BoucharDanse

Femmes du Feu

Histoire d’amour

Circus Sessions 2018

April 5–7, 8pm

April 27–28, 8pm

Harbourfront Centre Theatre

$22–33

Histoire d’amour is an ode to love, to its vulnerability, beauty, darkness and strength; a peek at the courage it takes to continue looking for what love means in each of us. It questions, defines and redefines this ever-changing and elusive concept that has been with us since the beginning of time.

Harbourfront Centre Theatre

$12–15

Now in its fourth year, Circus Sessions is a week-long creative laboratory where 15 national and international contemporary circus artists from all disciplines (clown, juggling, acrobatics, equilibre and aerial), many who have never met before, work together under the guidance of a mentor. The show is the culmination of these five exciting days. Co-produced with Harbourfront Centre

Tickets available at harbourfrontcentre.com

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May

Photo: Michael Zender

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company

DanceWorks: Gadfly UNBXBL 2 May 3–5, 8pm Harbourfront Centre Theatre

$28–42.25

Gadfly, Toronto’s urban dance phenomenon, performs UNBXBL 2, choreographed by Apolonia Velasquez and Ofilio Sinbadinho. The program is a mixed bill featuring two of the company’s most requested works and two world premieres that highlight Gadfly’s signature style, which is rooted in urban dance and captivating artistry.

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May 4–5, 8pm May 6, 3pm Fleck Dance Theatre

$26–48

Enjoy a captivating and exhilarating evening of flamenco and Spanish dance performed with power and elegance by this award-winning company of dancers and musicians. Flamenco, an art form like no other, speaks to the heart and touches the soul.


May

Photo: David Hou

Ballet Creole Cry Freedom May 11-12, 8pm May 13, 3pm Fleck Dance Theatre

$20–48

In celebration of Canada 150, this dance/drama by Bravo Niagara and Ballet Creole commemorates the story of Chloe Cooley, an enslaved woman in Upper Canada. Her struggles in 1793 served as the catalyst for the passing of the first legislation in the British colonies to restrict the slave trade, and set the stage for the Underground Railroad.

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre Alien Grace May 25–26, 8pm Fleck Dance Theatre

$22.50–48

In savage times, grace finds a natural refuge in the arts. Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre’s 17th NextSteps edition features five seasoned choreographers and eleven young dance artists who seek such gracious notes through one of its paramount instruments – the human form in motion. The performance features the revival of Jennifer Archibald’s hyperphysical 2017 hit, SEEDS.whisper.

For tickets, please call 416 973 4000

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NextSteps 2017/18 Season  

For over 40 years, Harbourfront Centre has been a leader in promoting, cultivating and defining dance in Canada. Audiences return year after...