MIES JULIE, FOUDRES, THE RADIO SHOW & More Set for Harbourfront Centre's World Stage 2014 Season
After four weeks of ambitious unbranded print ads and social media mystery (#artlive), Tina Rasmussen, artistic director of Harbourfront Centre's World Stage, revealed the season lineup for World Stage 2014, which runs Feb. 1 - May 18, 2014. Welcoming work from Finland, Sweden, Germany, England, South Africa, United States and Canada, World Stage 2014 invites audiences to explore the depth, darkness, beauty and complexity of life through the lens of live performance.
From gender politics to the aftermath of apartheid in South Africa, abduction and imprisonment to our society's obsession with beauty, celebrity and romantic love - this season offers patrons the opportunity to experience a broad spectrum of contemporary live performance and unconventional storytelling. Featuring two world premieres, two Canadian premieres, a play without clothing and another co-starring a basset hound, this year's World Stage programming continues to push the boundaries of contemporary dance, theatre and multidisciplinary performance while tapping into topically relevant subject matter.
"We are taking risks," states Rasmussen. "Because we need to. I like to think that our season provides a space for us to connect with our curiosity and uncertainty about the world, to ask questions we usually shy away from and perhaps inch a little closer to the answers we seek. The work in World Stage this year is thought-provoking and, I think, remarkably beautiful. It's not easy, but neither is understanding the world in which we live."
Kicking off the 2014 season with bold and courageous style, World Stage will host The #artlive Vogue Ball with partners House of Nuance on Feb. 1. Attendees will be asked to dress as their most authentic self for a night of Paris is Burning-style ball culture, fashion-fierce runway walking and art - live.
Tickets for World Stage go on sale Oct. 22, 2013 via Harbourfront Centre's Box Office. Prospective patrons can call 416-973-4000, visit 235 Queens Quay West and/or go online for all ticket inquiries. Notable ticket offerings include the World Stage Flex Pass, which provides savings of up to 50% (available until Feb. 8), the CultureBreak programme for full-time students and those 25 years and under as well as additional discounts for seniors and arts industry professionals.
For full company and performance information, including photos, videos and details surrounding World Stage Extras, please visit harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage and connect with the season on Facebook and Twitter using @WorldStageTO #artlive.
Please visit harbourfrontcentre.com/gettinghere for information about getting here during the Queens Quay revitalization.
World Stage 2014 Season Lineup:
The Radio Show
Kyle Abraham/ Abraham.In.Motion (United States)
February 5-8, Fleck Dance Theatre
A Canadian premiere. The Radio Show is an elegy to the Motown and hip hop played on the only urban-format radio stations in Abraham's hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. When they went off the air abruptly in 2009, it was the same time that his father lost his language to Alzheimer's. In the sudden silence, Abraham picked up the pieces - the songs, the words, the static - and he made a dance. Revealing the rituals of listening and revelling in the joy of moving to the music, The Radio Show is a welcoming memorial. Arms wide, heart open, it charts both the loss and the renewal of cultural and personal identity.
UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW
Young Jean Lee's Theater Company (United States)
February 12-15, Fleck Dance Theatre
A Canadian premiere. Toronto knows Young Jean Lee's Theater Company from the World Stage 2012 presentation of THE SHIPMENT. While it returns to the theme of identity politics, UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW treads entirely new aesthetic ground. It's a play almost entirely without words. It's also a play without clothes. And its six performers succeed at something nearly impossible; without gender signifiers, they define themselves for and by themselves. Young Jean Lee works collaboratively, writes as she directs and follows her discomfort like a compass. In her irreverent theatre, bracing irony encounters the long tradition of heart-on-sleeve American truth-telling. The results are both hilarious and provocative. UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW is Lee's most daring theatrical experiment yet. It is a celebration of possibility - joyful, challenging and inspiring.