Reviewed by Paula Citron
Kaeja d’Dance 20th Anniversary
Harbourfront NextSteps Series
Choreography by Allen and Karen Kaeja
Performed by Karen Kaeja, Stéphanie Tremblay Abubo, Courtnae Bowman, Zhenya Cerneacov, Mairéad Filgate, and Norway’s Ut i Scenekunsten
Apr. 12 to 16, 2011
Kaeja d’Dance is celebrating its 20th anniversary by featuring new work by co-founders and husband and wife, Allen and Karen Kaeja.
Allen’s world premiere Armour/Amour is the most impressive piece on the program. A duet for Karen and Mairéad Filgate, it uses live media by Elysha Poirier and live cinematography by Allen. In the piece, technology helps to reveal gut-wrenching truth about the human body.
Despite the obvious merits of the other three pieces, they all need editing.
Karen’s The Visitor, is a wonderful showpiece for Stéphanie Tremblay Abubo. The dance depicts a woman who can’t find ease because she is sexually frustrated.
Quenched is Karen’s charming push-me/pull-me duet for Courtnae Bowman and Zhenya Cerneacov, set around a beach umbrella.
Allen has brought over Norway’s Ut i Scenekunsten. They perform his work Jericho which premiered in Oslo in February. The five Norwegian dancers execute contact improv gone wild.
Kaeja d’Dance continues at the Enwave Theatre until Apr. 16.