Sunday, April 10, 2011

Kaeja d'Dance 20/20 Vision at Toronto's Harbourfront April 12 - 16

From a media release: 

Kaeja d'Dance celebrates 20 years with
20/20 Vision
A multimedia 'future-spective' spin on 20 years of live dance creations
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto - April 12 to 16


Toronto - Kaeja d'Dance, under the artistic direction of husband and wife team Allen and Karen Kaeja, proudly presents 20/20 Vision, a twentieth anniversary multimedia celebration infused with the extreme and graceful kinetics audiences have come to associate with this acclaimed company. Rather than a retrospective of past dances, the Kaejas share a "future-spective" of four new dance works (two of which are world premieres), with two pieces choreographed by Allen and two by Karen that explore themes of identity and the passionate edge as befits a company run for 20 years by these life partners.

20/20 Vision runs April 12-16 at Enwave Theatre as part of Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps.

A gifted ensemble of Canadian and international artists perform in this innovative program that features the world premiere of Armour/Amour, an integrated media duet for dancers Karen Kaeja and Mairéad Filgate, choreographed and directed by Allen Kaeja. 20/20 Vision also features the world premiere of The Visitor, an expressive solo choreographed by Karen Kaeja for newcomer Stéphanie Tremblay Abubo; the North American premiere of the explosive Jericho, a commission from, and performed by, Norway's Ut i Scenekunsten, choreographed by Allen; and the remount of Karen's Quenched, an intimate duet for dancers and life partners Courtnae Bowman and Zhenya Cerneacov.

Here is a quick look at the mesmerizing Jericho as performed by Norway's Ut i Scenekunsten



Allen's Armour/Amour fuses music and dance with live media visuals to expose and peel away the complex layers of identity, vulnerability and hidden armour of humanity. With over a decade of award-winning dance film under his belt, Allen draws upon the clear, liquid eyes of the camera to lay bare the multifaceted, beautifully raw architecture of the self. Armour/Amour is performed and co-created by gifted dancers Karen Kaeja and Mairéad Filgate, set to music by composer Edgardo Moreno. Live cinematography is by Allen Kaeja, live media by Elysha Poirier.

A soliloquy of simplicity, Karen's The Visitor showcases the exceptional recent School of Toronto Dance Theatre graduate Stéphanie Tremblay Abubo in her professional debut. A highly theatrical piece that comments on loneliness, it opens the door into the private world of a woman world attempting to function while slipping away from herself.

Norway's stunning Ut i Scenekunsten dance group makes its North American debut in an explosive work it commissioned from Allen. Breaking through the barriers of male/female partnering with Allen's signature momentum and breathtaking elevations, Jericho explores the architecture of the human spirit in a physical and fluid crossing of borders.

In Quenched, Karen mines the intensity between dancers and life partners Courtnae Bowman and Zhenya Cerneacov, exploring the intimacy of what was, and what is, in a relationship. Originally commissioned for cadence progressive contemporary ballet in July 2010, this intense duet exposes what a couple can endure as they test their limits in a dominant/submissive exchange.

Established in 1991, Toronto's Kaeja d'Dance creates award-winning contemporary dance performances, site-specific works with large numbers of dancers, acclaimed dance films and in-demand education and outreach programs. Living fully at the heart of Kaeja are co-Artistic Directors Karen and Allen Kaeja. They break ground, take risks and bring together exquisite dancers and collaborators to create extraordinary experiences both on and off the stage, in local and international communities.

Kaeja d'Dance presents 20/20 Vision
A multimedia 'future-spective' spin on 20 years of live dance creations
Choreography by Allen and Karen Kaeja
Collaborators: Edgardo Moreno (Composer), Elysha Poirier (Media)
Featuring performers Karen Kaeja, Courtnae Bowman, Zhenya Cerneacov, Mairéad Filgate, Stephanie Tremblay and special guests Ut i Scenekunsten (Norway)
in association with Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps at Enwave Theatre, 231 Queen's Quay West, Toronto


Performances: April 12-16, 2011 at 8pm
• School/Youth Matinee: April 14 & 15 at 1 pm (April 15 matinee sold out)
• Tickets: Regular - $38/$32/$27
• On April 12, Special Gala Performance tix available for $100 with charitable tax receipt)
• $22/$17 students/seniors/CADA. Matinees $12 for Dance School students
• Box Office:  416.973.4000 OR ONLINE AT www.kaeja.org
• To book Gala Performance or Youth Matinee tickets, call 416.516.6030

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