Produced by Kaeja d’Dance
The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West
May 9–21, 2017
At the forefront of contemporary dance for over 25 years, internationally acclaimed Kaeja d’Dance, returns with two physically demanding and poignant dances.
Revisiting Karen’s smash hit, CRAVE, and Allen’s exhilarating new work, DEFIANT, this program features all the hallmarks of the Kaeja aesthetic—sensual, articulate, and fierce.
CRAVE is: poignant, romantic, whimsical and chaotic—a duet that mines intimacy while navigating loneliness, unsettledness, and the hope that keeps us hanging on. Sarah Shugarman’s stunning score will now be brought to life by a live string quartet. As part of the pre-show, audience members are invited to join Dance With Me, an intimate dance on stage with a partner, friend, or stranger—the perfect prelude to CRAVE.
“CRAVE is one of Karen’s finest works.” The Globe and Mail
DEFIANT is: brutal, visceral, sensual and provocative. Combined with an original score by Edgardo Moreno, it harnesses the intense physicality of seven Kaeja dancers—featuring Karen Kaeja. This new work delves into light within darkness, the resonance of rebellion, and the beauty of failure.
Allen’s work is described as “Sharp-edged, densely packed and redolent with disturbing beauty.” Time Out, UK
Choreography: Karen Kaeja
Created with performers: Stephanie Tremblay Abubo & Michael Caldwell
Composer: Sarah Shugarman
Costumes: Cheryl Lalonde
Lighting: Simon Rossiter after Kimberly Purtell
Dramaturgy: Pil Hansen
Choreography: Allen Kaeja
Created with performers: Karen Kaeja, Stéphanie Tremblay Abubo, Michael Caldwell, Zhenya Cerneacov, Ana Claudette Groppler, Merideth Plumb, and Mateo Galindo Torres
Composer: Edgardo Moreno
Lighting: Simon Rossiter
Dramaturgy: Bruce Barton
Thursday, May 11 – 8:00pm
Friday, May 12 – 8:00pm
Saturday, May 13 – 2:00pm
Tuesday, May 16 – 8:00pm
Wednesday, May 17 – 8:00pm
Saturday, May 20 – 8:00pm
CRAVE/DEFIANT will be performed on alternating evenings with MOonhORsE’s Cloud 9