Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The best in Canadian Dance: Harbourfront Centre announces NextSteps 2014/15 Season

From a media release:

The best in Canadian Dance: 
Harbourfront Centre announces NextSteps 2014/15 Season
Check it out online

TORONTO, ON – Harbourfront Centre is thrilled to announce the lineup for the NextSteps 2014-15 dance season, September 2014 – June 2015. From explosive movement to evocative compositions, this season continues the 40-year legacy of dance at Harbourfront Centre.

Championing and cultivating dance in Canada has been a priority for Harbourfront Centre, making NextSteps one of Canada’s largest and most respected dance seasons. The 2014-15 programme features a stunning array of emerging, established, national and international dance talent. From Can-Asian to flamenco, contemporary to kathak – the 2014/15 season encourages audiences to experience, explore and connect with a vast spectrum of cultures, aesthetic and styles.

"Harbourfront Centre has supported dance from the beginning, over 40 years ago, before the site even had buildings. There have been so many performances, companies and dancers that have developed alongside Harbourfront Centre and have helped create the dance ecology in Canada,” says Lynanne Sparrow, Artistic Associate for Dance in Performing Arts at Harbourfront Centre. “The 2014/15 season truly celebrates the healthy growth of the dance community and all that it has to offer.”

Take the next step. Tickets go on sale August 12, 2014 via Harbourfront Centre’s Box Office. Offering ticket packages as flexible as the dancers this season, call (416) 973-4000, visit 235 Queens Quay West and/or go online for all ticket inquiries. Notable ticket offerings include the NextSteps Flex Pass, which provides savings of up to 50% (on sale until October 11, 2014), the CultureBreak programme for students and those 25 years and under as well as additional discounts for seniors and arts industry professionals.

The NextSteps lineup will be growing as the season progresses, please check the website for the most up to date schedule. For additional information, including photos, videos and artist interviews, please visit harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps and connect with dance @HarbourfrontTO #danceTO.

For information about getting here during the Queens Quay revitalization, visit harbourfrontcentre.com/gettinghere.

NextSteps 2014/15 Season Lineup:

DanceWorks DW207: adelheid – elsewhere
September 25-27, 2014 (Harbourfront Centre Theatre)

Tickets: $19–37
Through five remarkable dancers, choreographed by Heidi Strauss, elsewhere speaks to resilience in the face of unknowing — an uncomfortable point where what has happened leaves traces on our bodies, gestures and the space between.

ProArteDanza - Season 2014
October 1–4, 2014 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $20–40
Celebrating 10 years of “high-energy, blow-out physicality,” Season 2014 features the award-winning work ...in between..., and highlights from the repertoire of “the best small-scale contemporary ballet company in Canada” (The Globe and Mail, 2013).



60x60 Dance Toronto - 60x60 Dance Toronto 2014
October 16, 2014 (Harbourfront Centre Theatre)

Tickets: $22.25|
60 Toronto choreographers collaborate with 60 Canadian composers in consecutive one-minute miniatures. Under the directorship of Viv Moore, 60x60 spans the gamut of exciting contemporary, traditional and hybrid disciplines.

BoucharDanse/ Théâtre La Tangente - L’Implorante & L’éternel voyage
October 23–25, 2014 (Harbourfront Centre Theatre)

Tickets: $15-35
From ethereal to earthbound, this production traces a journey of human dilemmas — the unknown, fragility and undiscovered strengths. With stunning visuals and a cast of stellar performers, prepare to follow the beating of your own heart.

Toronto Dance Theatre - Pond Skaters, Early Departures and a new work by Christopher House
November 4–8, 2014 (Fleck Dance Theatre)

Tickets: $20–40
Toronto Dance Theatre’s amazing dancers return in a bold mixed programme featuring Thomas Hauert’s Dora-nominated Pond Skaters, Christopher House’s 1991 masterwork Early Departures, and a new, dynamic full-company work also by House.

Ballet Creole – Soulful Messiah
November 28–29, 2014 (Fleck Dance Theatre)

Tickets: $20–45
Ring in the holidays with Ballet Creole’s signature seasonal favourite. Soulful Messiah infuses tap,
African-Caribbean, ballet, jazz and modern dance into a unique holiday classic to the soundtrack of Quincy Jones’ Grammy Award-winning rendition of Handel’s Messiah.

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre - WinterSong — dances for a sacred season
December 12–13, 2014 (Fleck Dance Theatre)

Tickets: $22.50–38
WinterSong will warm the hearts of family audiences with its breathtaking tapestry of seasonal dance inspired by the world’s rich solstice traditions. Highlights include a premiere by dance sensation Belinda McGuire, plus To Repel the Demons by New York’s acclaimed Kevin Wynn.



Dance Ontario – DanceWeekend 2015
In association with Harbourfront Centre
January 16–18, 2015 (Fleck Dance Theatre)

Tickets: $10 minimum donation
|A fabulous showcase of Toronto’s globally inspired professional dance companies. From the polished performances of traditional styles to edgy new works from debut choreographers, it’s a weekend to inspire every dance fan.

DanceWorks DW208: Vincent Sekwati Mantsoe – NTU/ Skwatta
January 29–31, 2015 (Harbourfront Centre Theatre)

Tickets: $19–37
Vincent Mantsoe presents his newest riveting solos. Watch as he embodies limitless spirituality steeped in the realities of his South African homeland.

DanceWorks DW209: Sylvain Émard Danse – Ce n’est pas la fin du monde (It’s not the end of the world) February 28, 2015 (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Tickets: $19–37
Acclaimed choreographer Sylvain Émard plunges seven male dancers into the hurly-burly of a contemporary world undergoing massive change where bodies are electrified by a shared feeling of urgency.

DanceWorks DW210: Marie France Forcier & Tracey Norman - Scars Are All the Rage/what goes between
March 12–14, 2015 (Harbourfront Centre Theatre)

Tickets: $19–37
Through works aesthetically different but astutely crafted and rich in imagery, choreographers Forcier and Norman explore the impact of loss and transformation.

Kaeja d’Dance - Kaeja d’Dance 25th Anniversary Season
March 24–28, 2015 (Harbourfront Centre Theatre)

Tickets: $22.50–40
Award-winning contemporary dance company Kaeja d’Dance kicks off their 25th anniversary year with world premieres by Karen and Allen Kaeja, both of which play with the notions of fate, coincidence and choice. Enigmatic, provocative and hyper physical, celebrate 25 years with this extraordinary double bill. (Seen below in development of X-ODUS)



Ritmo Flamenco Dance & Music Ensemble – SIROCCO
March 27–29, 2015 (Studio Theatre)

Tickets: $25–35
A “Sirocco” is a powerful Mediterranean wind from the Sahara that crosses North Africa to settle in Southern Spain. Award-winning choreographer Anjelica Scannura moves beyond geographical and stylistic boundaries searching for the obscure Arab roots of flamenco.

Ballet Creole - Agua Como Vida
April 17–18, 2015 (Fleck Dance Theatre)

Tickets: $20–45
For its 25th anniversary season, Ballet Creole presents intriguing new works that combine the artistic sensibilities of Artistic Director Patrick Parson, Associate Choreographer Gabby Kamino and guest collaborators to explore the universal connectivity of Earth’s most valuable resource, water.

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company
April 24–26, 2015 (Fleck Dance Theatre)

Tickets: $23–45
The power of flamenco is presented with elegance and passion by this award-winning company of singers, musicians and dancers who never fail to bring enthralled audiences to their feet.

DanceWorks DW211: Raagini Dance/Bageshree Vaze – Paratopia
April 23–25, 2015 (Harbourfront Centre Theatre)

Tickets: $19–37
Discover 21st century kathak and Indian classical dance in a contemporary, global reality. Bageshree Vaze’s solos and new group work highlight complex footwork, sparkling pirouettes, dynamic movements and intricate facial and hand gestural language.

CanAsian Dance Festival - 2015 CanAsian International Dance Festival
April 30–May 2, 2015 (Harbourfront Centre Theatre)

Tickets: $25–30
The 2015 CanAsian International Dance Festival features exceptional dance by outstanding Canadian and international artists inspired by Asian ideas and practices.

Sampradaya Dance Creations - nirantara — beyond space and time
May 21–23, 2015 (Fleck Dance Theatre)

Tickets: $20–35
Launching Sampradaya’s 25th anniversary year, Lata Pada’s bharatanatyam-based work explores worlds known and unknown, interwoven into a continuum, perpetual and elusive. It features a stunning dance ensemble performing to live music by India’s acclaimed, versatile pianist and composer Anil Srinivasan and Carnatic vocalist, Sikkil Gurucharan. (Seen below in last year's tour)

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre - Space Interrupted
May 29–30, 2015 (Fleck Dance Theatre)

Tickets: $22.50–38
Californian Colin Connor explores uncharted waters, casting CCDT Artistic Director Deborah Lundmark in his domestic tempest, The Weather in the Room. Also featuring Ofilio Sinbadinho Portillo’s acclaimed 2014 Harbourfront Centre commission, Anomykz.

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