Superdanish A citywide cultural exposition of contemporary Danish culture, presented by Harbourfront Centre, September 28 to December, various locales, times and prices. 416-973-4000, www.harbourfrontcentre.com.
There's obviously nothing rotten in the state of Denmark. From a slate of pre- and post-Dogme films to Copenhagen's coolest DJ, there's lots to see, hear and experience at the SUPERDANISH Festival. Here are highlights from the Danish invasion.
TOO PERFECT: SEVEN NEW DENMARKS
This centrepiece of the festival looks at the future of Danish architecture and design. Seven groups, mostly of shaggy, thin, brilliant young male architect types, have come up with visions for bringing the tiny country into the 21st century. Way more than a bunch of little models, this exhibit could be controversial; it's curated by Toronto's own Bruce Mau Design. September 28-November 21, Power Plant. THE HANDMAID'S TALE Danish composer Poul Ruders's opera based on Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel finally comes to Canada. (See story, page 86.) September 28-October 9, Hummingbird Centre.
DJ KATRINE RING
Possibly the coolest woman in all of Copenhagen, the curator of Superdanish's Electronica program spins at Revival and talks about the DJ as social designer. She's also an expert on - are you ready? - candy. Keep her away from Tutti Frutti. September 30 at Revival.
KITT JOHNSON X-ACT
Imagine a hybrid of Claudia Moore and Viv Moore and you'll have some idea of the range of dance artist Johnson, who brings her riveting and imagistic solo work Stigma as well as the circus-influenced The Lemonkeepers , which employs a truckload of lemons. October 27-30, Harbourfront Centre Theatre.
What would a Danish festival be without a production of the play about literature's most famous brooding Dane? Det Lille Turnéteater 's pared-down version is for two actors and two double bass players. Bonus? It clocks in at 75 minutes. October 11-15, Harbourfront Centre Theatre.
TERKEL IN TROUBLE
This mordantly funny animated flick about the violent mishaps of a grade sixer shows every sign of international crossover success. Denmark's first CG animated film was a huge domestic hit, but one of the draws was the zany voice work of comic Anders Matthesen - Denmark's answer to Robin Williams. Will North Americans want to read subtitles? Triplets Of Belleville worked. October 8 at the Studio Theatre.
DANISH FOR BEGINNERS: RECENT DANISH CINEMA
There's more to Danish film than Dogme and Lars von Trier. Two decades of recent film gets sampled, with everything from the early Bille August gem Twist And Shout to The Five Obstructions , von Trier's collaboration with legendary 1960s director Jørgen Leth . A program highlight is an onstage interview with Leth. October 22-November 4, Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario.
Ejersbo scored an international hit with his 2002 novel Nordkraft , about a young generation drifting through sex, drugs and disillusionment. Predictably, he's been called a Scandinavian Irvine Welsh, but he's more like Hemingway. He's joined by seven other Danish authors you should know about. International Festival Of Authors, October 20-30, Harbourfront Centre.