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February 3, 2005
WinterCity Festival presents another theatrical first in Toronto!
  
What:
Dutch street theatre troupe Close Act offers media an opportunity to go behind
the scenes for a preview of elements from their North American premiere
production, Malaya. On Friday, February 4 at 7 p.m., Close Act transforms Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square into a mythical dream
world where huge birds and voluminous hot air balloons soar above the crowds,
stilt-walkers fight with fire and beautifully costumed characters tell their
mysterious story in a fluid fantasy language. Malaya fuses light, sound and
motion to create a truly unique theatre experience in Toronto on February 4, 5
& 6.

When:
Media Preview - Thursday, February 3
Catch glimpses of these visuals between 6 - 7 p.m.

Visuals:
  • Rehearsal by Dutch street theatre troupe Close Act
  • Percussion troupe, Escola de Samba de Toronto
  • Fire painting by award-winning Montreal street performer Aytahn Ross

    Where:
    Toronto City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square
    100 Queen St. W.

    Why:
    The second annual WinterCity Festival, presented by the American Express
    Foundation, is a 14-day, city-wide celebration of Toronto's culture,
    creativity, cuisine and incomparable diversity of spirit. Running from January
    28 - February 10, 2005, this festival dares audiences to forget the weather and
    join the party in the world's coolest city. With stellar free indoor and
    outdoor programming, the hugely popular prix-fixe restaurant promotion,
    Winterlicious presented by American Express, plus tons of winter events and
    discounts at Toronto's attractions, WinterCity provides the perfect opportunity
    for tourists and locals to sample the city's vibrant arts scene. The public can
    visit www.toronto.ca or call Access
    Toronto at 416-338-0338 for more festival information.


    Media contacts:
    Kimberly Bain, Event Supervisor, Marketing, Toronto Special Events,
    416-395-7411, cell 416-553-0019, kbain@toronto.ca
    Amber Authier, Event Supervisor, Marketing, Toronto Special Events,
    416-395-7318, cell 416-553-0017, aauthie@toronto.ca



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