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DanceWeekend‘18

Friday, 19th January 2018

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! January 19, 7pm January 20-21, 1pm http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps/dance-ontario-2018/

Flicker

Friday, 9th February 2018

Directed by choreographer and performer Margaret Grenier, Flicker is an evocative multimedia dance piece performed by Vancouver-based Indigenous dance company, Dancers of Damelahamid of the Gitxsan Nation. The Gitxsan, people of the river of mists, are part of the coastal group of cultures renowned for their history of masked dance. Through movement, narrative, mask and elaborate regalia, they bridge the ancient with a living tradition in this Toronto premiere. February 9-10, 8pm http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps/danceworks-dancers-of-damelahamid/

Chasing the Path

Thursday, 15th March 2018

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. March 15-17, 8pm http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps/danceworks-human-body-expression/

Glass Fields

Tuesday, 20th March 2018

Toronto Dance Theatre celebrates its 50th anniversary with Glass Fields, a program of new works inspired by Christopher House's hyperkinetic 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. March 20-24, 8pm http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps/toronto-dance-theatre-4/

Histoire d'amour

Thursday, 5th April 2018

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. April 5-7, 8pm http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps/bouchardanse/

Circus Sessions 2018

Friday, 27th April 2018

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. April 27-28, 8pm http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps/femmes-du-feu-circus-sessions/

UNBXBL 2

Thursday, 3rd May 2018

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. May 3-5, 8pm http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps/danceworks-gadfly/

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company

Friday, 4th May 2018

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 4-5, 8pm May 6, 3pm http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps/esmeralda-enrique-spanish-dance-company-2017/

Cry Freedom

Friday, 11th May 2018

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. May 11-12, 8pm May 13, 3pm http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps/ballet-creole-cry-freedom/

Alien Grace

Friday, 25th May 2018

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. May 25-26, 8pm http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps/canadian-contemporary-dance-theatre-2/