Harbourfront Centre is a multidisciplinary cultural institution that presents national and international music, dance, theatre, circus, craft and design, visual arts, literature, and film. Harbourfront Centre has been an innovative cultural force since its inception, introducing audiences to bold art forms and artists from around the world, celebrating the nation’s diverse cultures across its ten-acre campus. Its programming principles are guided by artistic excellence with a focus on the contemporary, approaching creation with a multi- and interdisciplinary lens, and championing artistic development and agency. Harbourfront Centre engages with creators in diverse and meaningful ways, fostering and nurturing artistic agency through commissions, residencies, presentations, partnerships, and mentorship.
Our long-standing commitment to contemporary dance artists, choreographers and companies, has made Harbourfront Centre a dance destination.
Torque, Harbourfront Centre’s international contemporary dance series, presents some of the world’s most innovative choreographers and dancers on our stages. Torque’s season, inaugurated in 2018/2019, presents local, national and international contemporary dance companies’ works to a broad and diverse Toronto dance appreciative audience.
The Performing Arts Technical Residency Program supports the development of artistic creations within the genres of dance, theatre, circus and inter-disciplinary work, with the intent to potentially present final works once they are fully realized. These technical residencies provide production support in a theatre venue at a stage of development of a project when working in such a venue is beneficial to the process. Typical residencies are one week long, and select applications may receive additional financial support. The application process opens in the Fall for selection for the following season.
The Fleck Dance Theatre (formally the Premiere Dance theatre), which opened in 1983, is a proscenium theatre space designed specifically for the presentation of contemporary dance and has a seating capacity of 446. The Harbourfront Centre Theatre is a versatile 350-seat venue that can be transformed from a full in-the-round space to a traditional black-box theatre.