Sure, all the world’s a stage. But thanks to Harbourfront, the world’s literally coming to Toronto’s stages. From this week until May, eight companies from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.S. and the UK show us some of the best that international theatre and dance has to offer. And those are just the mainstage shows.
Besides Back to Back Theatre’s Small Metal Objects (see cover story), Australia offers up The Space Between, a mix of dance, contemporary circus and rock music by C!RCA (not to be confused with the new nightclub, although wouldn’t that be a great opening-night-party spot?). Perfect for those who want an alternative to the Celine Dion of the circus world, Cirque du Soleil. May 6-10.
Harlem’s Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company is always a big draw. This time they examine evil in the world – a pretty appropriate theme these days – with Chapel/Chapter. April 16-19.
Another piece that should resonate with current news headlines is Damascus, by Scotland’s Traverse Theatre Company. It’s about a Scottish businessman who finds himself trying to navigate his life in the centre of the Arab world. This production is a preview of a future focus on Scottish culture at Harbourfront. April 22-26.
The fest doesn’t just offer a chance for us locals to see great global stuff. It also draws in artists and critics from around the world to see what we’re doing here. Someone who’ll definitely benefit from that is choreographer/director/dancer Peter Chin, whose Tribal Cracking Wind’s multimedia Transmission Of The Invisible looks at preserving Khmer culture in the aftermath of genocide. February 6-9.
Finally, if the dragged-out winter’s getting you down and you need a laugh, there’s comic buzz around Cooped, a physical farce by the UK company Spymonkey, who’ve been compared to Monty Python and Fawlty Towers. March 5-14.
Call 416-973-4000 or go to www.harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage for more info.