Harbourfront Centre

Harbourfront Centre

February 28, 2005 11:00 ET

WORLD STAGE: FLYING SOLO presented by The Westin Harbour Castle

Harbourfront Centre's InternationalTheatre Festival Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Assignment Editor, City Editor, Media Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 28, 2005) - Harbourfront Centre announces the return of its internationally renowned theatre festival - World Stage for 2005. For three weeks, April 13-May 1, 2005, Harbourfront Centre explores the phenomenon of solo performance through World Stage: Flying Solo - a new, themed edition to the World Stage festival brand. An impressive 19 mainstage productions and three International Readings events will take the stage at Harbourfront Centre venues. The festival also presents a number of cross-discipline, ancillary events for ticket-holders, including free admission to The Power Plant contemporary art gallery. A newly-created, lounge-styled gathering space for Flying Solo participants, theatre-going fans, performers and media known as the festival's club - Hangar 7 will feed the festival faithful with buzz. Tickets on sale mid-March, 2005 and available through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office - 416-973-4000 or www.harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage .

Laurie Anderson, Marie Brassard of Infrarouge, Denise Clarke from One Yellow Rabbit, Karen Hines of Pochsy Productions, Terrence McNally, Caroline O Connor, Charles Ross and Robert Wilson are just a few of the stellar names taking part in this Flying Solo version of World Stage for 2005. The festival offers an abundance of virtuosity, ingenuity, physical prowess, versatility and agility. World Stage: Flying Solo features established creators taking new risks and, in World Stage tradition, introduces talent-laden and edgy artists new to Toronto audiences.

World Stage: Flying Solo presented by The Westin Harbour Castle will demonstrate Harbourfront Centre's commitment to providing affordable access to contemporary culture by making all mainstage theatre tickets available for one incredible low price - $25 for each show with the exception of the HATCH: emerging performance project and International Reading Series events. Suggestions for customizing festival experiences will be offered along with value-added package incentives. Additional details are available at www.harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage .

World Stage: Flying Solo serves up some of the hottest live stage performers on the circuit this year, providing a rare opportunity to experience critically acclaimed international productions or catch seasoned Canadian stars as they take on the world. Participants and productions rounding out this once-in-a-lifetime festival lineup includes Rosebud: The Lives of Orson Welles, A Mobile Thriller, Kafka and Son, Dave Gorman's Googlewhack! Adventure, My Arm, Brad Hampton in A Shameless Cabaret with special guest, renowned mezzo-soprano Jean Stilwell. Throat, Tanya Khabarova in Derevo's Reflection, Benji Reid: 13 mics & Style 4 Free, Loose Moose Theatre Company's The Life Game, Thembi Mtshali in A Woman in Waiting and Catherine Kidd in Sea Peach.

Director of Performing Arts and World Stage Artistic Director Tina Rasmussen remarks, "Over the years World Stage patrons have enjoyed an amazing wealth of international theatrical presentations, from contemporary masterpieces to groundbreaking new works, from kitchen-sink dramas to innovative musicals and avant-garde opera, from celebrated spoken word to genre-defying physical theatre and dance. In this year's edition of Flying Solo, performers pave new and innovative paths for the contemporary theatrical experience. The power of one! Solo work is a distinguished and challenging art form that tests the consummate skill of the artist."

World Stage: Flying Solo is designed to allow the public a true festival experience as Harbourfront Centre provides a Design-Your-Own Festival package guide. Performances have been scheduled to allow for two or more shows in one day. Time in-between allows for exploring other on-site activities including free admission for ticket holders to The Power Plant. Visitors can browse the galleries in York Quay Centre. Theatre aficionados can tap into the hottest gossip and festival buzz, relax and mingle with other fans and artists before and after the show at World Stage: Flying Solo's festival lounge, Hangar 7.

World Stage: Flying Solo serves up an informative and casual Q & A Series. Performers take part in interactive, post-show sessions in Hangar 7 after most performances. Check the schedule and website updates for dates and times.

Literary readings and Visual Arts play a prominent role in this year's World Stage: Flying Solo. World Stage ticket-holders receive free admission - regularly $4 - to The Power Plant exhibition by presenting their ticket stub. Harbourfront Centre World Stage: Flying Solo presented by The Westin Harbour Castle also includes a series of three International Readings - April 13, April 20 and April 27 featuring Margaret Avison, Evelyn Lau , Jennifer LoveGrove, Terence McNally, Jay Millar, Catherine Chidgey, Brian Brett, Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, Ross Leckie. Readings are held in Lakeside Terrace and begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $8 and available through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office.

Between and After Shows...Hang at Hangar 7
Before, between or after the shows, theatre-goers can catch the latest word-of-mouth, mingle with performers, write their own and swap reviews, enjoy Kick-ass Karaoke on Friday nights, music on Saturday evenings and Riff Salons on Sundays and get refreshed at our licensed Hangar 7 Bar. It's the festival hot-spot! Hangar 7 will also provide a satellite box office for convenience of patrons. Hangar 7 is located on the second level at the south end of York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West.

Harbourfront Centre Box Office 416-973-4000, Tuesday to Saturday, 1 to 8 pm.
For info and updates check out www.harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage .

HE - Who is HE?
Cultural programmes at Harbourfront Centre explore many ideas about our lives and our world as expressed by today's artists. One of the ideas running through World Stage: Flying Solo as a sub-theme is the changing nature of the male identity and shifting notions of men's role in society. Follow the HE icon to find HE-related programming.

World Stage: Flying Solo is produced by Harbourfront Centre and generously supported by The Westin Harbour Castle as well as the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, The British Council, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and, through a donation from the Imperial Tobacco Canada Arts Fund.

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Media Contact: Media site; www.harbourfrontcentre.com/media
Bill Bobek; Media Relations Harbourfront Centre - World Stage: Flying Solo, 416-973-4428 or wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com
/For further information: Media site; www.harbourfrontcentre.com/media Bill Bobek; Media Relations Harbourfront Centre - World Stage: Flying Solo, 416-973-4428 or wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com / IN: ENTERTAINMENT, MEDIA, SOCIAL, TRAVEL

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