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CanAsian Dance’s 2018 KickStart Festival

Produced by CanAsian Dance

The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West
September 27–29, 2018

Tickets: Student/senior/CADA Member $18 | Adult $23
Service charges may apply
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Four groundbreaking new works, all in one sensational evening. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the premiere performances of exciting Canadian dance artists from across the country.

The 2018 KickStart Festival reflects CanAsian Dance’s new strategy in which its primary focus is supporting homegrown talent. Each artist’s performance explores a burning question or idea, and is informed by a particular Asian concept or practice. Each artist has collaborated intensively with an accomplished dramaturg whose provocations have helped them to develop their new work.

2018 KICKSTART ARTISTS
DAVID NORSWORTHY (Toronto) & JUSTIN DE LUNA (Montreal)
DRAMATURG: LEE SU-FEH (Vancouver)
In A Study on Collision and Empathy, two dance artists with their own histories, priorities and aspirations agree to perform a duet while exploring their own process; sometimes parallel and sometimes intersecting. Using a game, virtuosic movement and their voices, they negotiate compromise and embrace togetherness.

SUZANNE LISKA (Toronto) & TAKAKO SEGAWA (Ottawa)
DRAMATURG: TEDD ROBINSON (Ottawa)
Yume-Iro (Dream Colour) offers a dance interpretation of the movement of Taiko (Japanese drumming). In this piece, dance artists Liska and Segawa embody movement imagined by the audible, visual, historical and emotional components of Taiko, as they expand the edges of Taiko while preserving its essence.

PAMELA TZENG (Calgary)
DRAMATURG: LEE SU-FEH (Vancouver)
A raw and slanted portrait of the Asian female lived experience, That ch*nk in y/our armour offers an unsettling and playful exploration of memory, stereotype and the silent truths that lay beneath the skin.

MARK KUNJI IKEDA (Calgary)
DRAMATURG: KAREN HINES (Calgary)
In Know the Rules, Win the Game, Ikeda unravels the art of politics and the politics of art across history using the rule-bending potential of the clown in this piercing dance theatre spectacle.