Event Info At A Glance
Price Overview: $20 - $59
Venue Overview: Harbourfront Centre Theatre
Additional Information: Performance advisory: Nudity, Haze, Mature themes
Kaeja d’Dance celebrates 31 years with two new dance works created by Artistic Directors Allen and Karen Kaeja. Grounded in memory, Karen Kaeja’s TouchX and Allen Kaeja’s I am the Child of investigate the complexity of our lived experiences. Community, perspective and a fascinating take on augmented reality technology generate evocative worlds in this double bill show. With over 25 collaborators, these works devise movement from deeply personal stories, examining the universal power of reflection, resilience and touch.
TouchX is a contemporary moving image of the thought, memory, fragility and ephemeral nature of touch. Directed and choreographed by Karen Kaeja, the dance work is a multi-sensory visual world of what remains in the body through wanted and unwanted contact, contrasted with when our hearts have been touched. An ensemble of dancers is joined by a brave collection of everyday community folk, who boldly take space in a complex world of protection, disassociation, fantasy, surrender and connection. TouchX holds a fertile immediacy and essentiality in a time when the human need for touch is unmistakable.
I am the Child of embodies personal experiences, bringing them forward in dance. This multimedia production features physical investigations of childhood memories, resulting in unflinchingly honest stories of resilience. I am the Child of is ever-changing, with structured moments interlaced with a responsive immediacy of movement, creating an unpredictable experience within every performance. Allen Kaeja collaborates with Bruce Barton and Vertical City to develop different perspectives and perceptions for the audience using augmented reality technology and multiple camera angles filmed live by the dancers. It’s a show where mobile devices are welcome and part of the viewing experience!
Receive 25% off full price when you purchase tickets for 4 performances or more. Receive 20% off when you purchase 3 performances, or 15% off when purchasing 2 performances.
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About Kaeja d’Dance Company
Established in 1990 and driven by two distinct artistic forces, Artistic Directors Karen and Allen Kaeja, Kaeja d’Dance creates award-winning contemporary dance performances for stage and film that have toured the world for 30 years. Kaeja designs events that integrate community and professional dance artists and site-specific work to bridge their visions while the space between invites others in to be key collaborators. The company has performed and taught worldwide, created over 200 works and received over 40 national and international awards and nominations. They are committed to developing and exposing Canadian talent through festival platforms, training and mentorship.
About Karen Kaeja, Co-Artistic Director
Karen Kaeja is an Ashkenazi, Tkaronto-born, award-winning performer, choreographer, project instigator, dramaturg and mentor. She is the co-Artistic Director of Kaeja d’Dance with Allen Kaeja. Her awards include TAPA’s 2022 George Luscombe Mentorship Award, Dance Ontario’s Lifetime Achievement Award, CDA “I Love Dance” Community Award and Paul D. Fleck Fellowship for Innovation. A finalist for the TAF Celebration of Cultural Life Award, TAF Muriel Sherrin Award for International achievement, twice for NOW Magazine’s Best Local Choreographer and Best Dance Company and their top 10 Dance Artists, Karen has seven Dora Mavor Moore nominations. Commissioned and presented worldwide, she collaborates with many of Canada’s brilliant choreographers.
About Allen Kaeja, Co-Artistic Director
Allen Kaeja is an internationally recognized and award-winning Choreographer and Dance Film Director. The child of a refugee and Holocaust survivor, Allen has created 27 years of Holocaust-inspired stage and film works. Overall, he’s made over 210 stage works and choreographed and directed 35 films. Co-Artistic Director of Kaeja d’Dance with Karen Kaeja, he has received numerous national and international commissions and teaches Kaeja Elevations and dance film masterclasses worldwide. Allen’s stage and film work has been featured in commercials, films and festivals worldwide.
Dates & Times
There will be an intermission of 20 minutes for each performance.
There will be a Q&A following the November 12 performance.