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Dance in Toronto: NextSteps Fall/Winter 2012

From a media release:

Harbourfront Centre NextSteps 2012/13 season
presents an incredible spectrum of Canadian dance
Fall 2012 - from Season Opening September 20, 2012 to December 2012

– Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce the 2012/13 season of contemporary dance series, NextSteps. Running from September 2012 to May 2013, NextSteps features 24 companies, each one showcasing a diverse spectrum of dance from Toronto and beyond.

For almost 30 years, Harbourfront Centre has been passionate about dance and the seventh season of Harbourfront Centre NextSteps reflects that zeal with Flamenco, hip-hop, contemporary, Afro-Caribbean and Indigenous dance. The 2012/13 season features outstanding dance festivals, including: Rina Singha; Latin American dance from Vanguardia Dance Company; Dance Ontario’s Dance Weekend; and the CanAsian International Dance Festival. Families can also experience magical holiday season performances by Ballet Creole’s Soulful Messiah and WinterSong from Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre.

"I am extremely proud to have so much diversity of talent on the stages of Harbourfront Centre and to know that dance is a part of Canadian Culture," says Lynanne Sparrow, Artistic Associate - Dance. "NextSteps offers solos to large scale, in a huge range of forms that is rare to find in a single season."

Tickets for all NextSteps 12/13 performances are on sale through the Harbourfront Centre box office; the public can call  416-973-4000  or visit the website. Harbourfront Centre also offers a NextSteps Flex Pass, saving up to 50% and available until October 9, 2012; the Culture Break programme for students and those 25 years and under; and additional discounts are available for seniors and dance industry professionals.

NextSteps Fall 2012 Lineup
First half of the 2012/13 Season

Rina Singha Kathak Dance Organization - Kathak Mahotsav 2012
Sept. 20-23, 2012 (Studio Theatre)

Tickets: $25-$30.50
Now in its fifth year, the festival of Kathak dance is a gathering of Canadian Kathak artists in celebration of the art of Kathak, showcasing the adapability and relevance of classical Kathak styles, adapting its temple origins to the present. The programme features four concerts with different artists performing each night. There will also be a special pre-show lecture demonstration on Sunday, September 23rd at 3pm by Guru Rina Singha. (pictured above)

Julia Sasso dances - SLoE
In association with Harbourfront Centre
Sept. 27-30, 2012 (Enwave Theatre)

Tickets: $25-$35
SLoE envelops the audience in an intimate and deeply compelling world of sound and movement imagery. Taking great physical and emotional risks that celebrate the quality and transformation of the body in motion, Julia Sasso’s robust choreography cascades across the stage in counterpoint to the music’s magically suspended resonances and stillnesses. In concert with celebrated pianist, Eve Egoyan, Sasso’s stellar dancers deliver a striking, virtuosic interpretation of Ann Southam’s masterwork, Simple Lines of Enquiry.

ProArteDanza Performance – Season 2012
Oct. 3-6, 2012 (Fleck Dance Theatre)

Tickets: $20-$39
ProArteDanza returns with a highly-anticipated evening of breathtaking dance featuring three critically acclaimed works and a world premiere by award-winning choreographers Roberto Campanella and Robert Glumbek. (pictured below)

Native Women in the Arts - I'm Not the Indian You Have in Mind
Oct. 11-13, 2012 (Enwave Theatre)

Tickets: $20-$28
What does it mean to be Indigenous? This new work, inspired by writer Thomas King’s eponymous short film, I’m Not the Indian You Had in Mind, explores stereotypes existing within Indigenous North American and Indigenous Latin American cultures. There are many points of intersection where social, race and gender stereotypes collide across cultures. It is through this intersection and collision where stereotypes and preconceived ideas of what it is to be Indigenous can be transformed. In association with The Chimera Project and the Thunderbird Aboriginal Arts, Culture & Entrepreneur Centre. (pictured below)

DanceWorks DW196 Susie Burpee/Linnea Swan – Road Trip
Oct. 18-20, 2012 (Enwave Theatre)

Tickets: $19.50-$34
Susie Burpee and Linnea Swan – two physically fierce contemporary dancers – are caught in the spotlight like deers in headlights. Has something awful happened? The rollercoaster movement of this tragicomic face-off takes the audience on an unforgettable road trip. (pictured below)

Toronto Dance Theatre – Rare Mix
Nov. 6-10, 2012 (Fleck Dance Theatre)

Tickets: $19-$40
Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) unleashes 12 extraordinary dancers in a rare – and radical – showcase. Mining the gems of TDT’s vast repertoire, Rare Mix, features masterworks by company co-founder Patricia Beatty, Montreal maverick Jean-Sébastien Lourdais and TDT’s Christopher House, who the National Post hails as “one of Canada’s most gifted and enduringly inventive choreographers.”

Vangurdia Dance Company - Vanguardia Dance Festival 2012: A View on Latin America
Nov. 8-11, 2012 (Studio Theatre)

Tickets: $17-$25
Six artists, from different countries of origin and with varying approaches to contemporary dance, explore aerial dance, aboriginal contemporary dance, dance theatre, and technology. Vanguardia Dance Company is a Canadian-Latin American collective founded by Norma Araiza and Olga Barrios in 2010 with the purpose of promoting contemporary dance works.

DanceWorks DW197: RUBBERBANDance Group – Gravity of Center
Nov. 16-17, 2012 (Fleck Dance Theatre)

Tickets: $19.50-$34
Performed by five powerhouse dancers to a soundtrack by DJ Lil'Jaz, Victor Quijada’s Gravity of Center channels the ferocity of hip hop in a perfectly refined choreographic language. Los Angeles born Victor Quijada is deeply influenced by hip hop culture and has re-imagined, deconstructed and applied choreographic principles to the hip hop ideology of his youth. Quijada formed RUBBERBANDance Group in 2002. His work, which examines human relationships through a seamless marriage of classical, contemporary and urban aesthetics, is performed internationally. From 2007-2011 he was artist-in-residence at Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts de Montreal.

Sampradaya Dance Creations – Alchemy
Nov. 22-24, 2012 (Enwave Theatre)

Tickets: $20-$35
Award-winning artistic director Lata Pada, of Sampradaya Dance Creations, has assembled an eclectic and imaginitive programme – including works created by Canada’s Natasha Bakht, England’s Akram Khan and Russell Maliphant, Aakash Odedra and India’s Santosh Nair – that promises to redefine Indian dance. Showcasing bharatanatyam, kathak and chau-based choreographies performed by Sampradaya Dance Creations dancers and guest artists, Aakash Odedra and dancers from India’s Sadhya lead you on a remarkable discovery of contemporary Indian dance.

Ballet Creole – Soulful Messiah
Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2012 (Fleck Dance Theatre)

Tickets: $ 20-$45
This performance is a Ballet Creole signature piece, which breathes the universal language of spirituality and pure happiness that we all yearn to share, especially during the holidays. Soulful Messiah infuses tap, African-Caribbean, ballet, jazz and modern dance into a unique celebration of life through dance and music.

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre – WinterSong – dances for a sacred season
Dec. 14-15, 2012 (Fleck Dance Theatre)

Tickets: $22.50-$38
Now a 25-year tradition, WinterSong returns to warm the hearts of family audiences with its breathtaking tapestry of seasonal dance. Come celebrate the holidays with some of Canada’s most exciting choreographers, dancers and musicians inspired by the world’s rich solstice traditions. Includes favourites by Santee Smith, Carol Anderson, Colin Connor, Kim Frank and Deborah Lundmark.

Harbourfront Centre is passionate about dance. NextSteps, Harbourfront Centre’s national dance series, brings the very best in Canadian dance to Toronto audiences, showcasing the depth, energy and diversity of established and emerging choreographers and companies. The 2012-13 season, running September to May, offers an incredible spectrum of dance. Harbourfront Centre supports Canada’s I Love Dance manifesto.


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