Calibrate (Premiere) 2018

Uplifting, energetic and totally out of the ordinary performance

Conceived and Choreographed by Karen Kaeja of Kaeja d’Dance

Saturday July 7, 2:00 PM and 4:30 PM
Sunday July 8, 2:00 PM and 4:30 PM

Location: Henderson Brewing Co. Beer Garden

The human desire to be close asks us how much can we give until we are stretched to the max? How do we negotiate calibrated tension in order to feel connected? In Calibrate the dancers, Mateo Galindo Torres and Caryn Chappel, consult, arbitrate and compromise themselves and the architecture with the effort to merge.

Karen Kaeja is an award-winning performer for stage and film, choreographer, community builder, project instigator and educator. Co-AD of Kaeja d’Dance with Allen Kaeja, her awards include the CDA “I Love Dance” Community Award and the Paul D. Fleck Fellowship for Innovation. A 7-time Dora Mavor Moore nominee for Choreography and Performance, including 4 Dora’s for Crave which won one, and one for her recent XTOD: Solo Dance Xchange (SDX), she is distinguished in The Canadian Who's Who, was a finalist for TAF Muriel Sherrin Award for International achievement in dance, the CDA Innovation Award, and NOW’s Best Local Choreographer and Best Dance Company. Presented by performance series around the world, she was the first resident dance artist for MUN/Dance NL and the Guelph Dance Festival (GDF). “The mastermind behind Porch View Dances” Toronto Star and onto her 92nd Flock Landing, Karen has mentored many flourishing dance artists and is Co-AD of Cloud 9 with Claudia Moore. Recent projects include SDX, residencies at Decidedly Jazz Dance - Calgary, and Ochre House - NL, and Mukogawa Women’s University - Japan. Upcoming projects include choreographing for the 2018 Banff Creative Gesture residency and commissions for Blue Ceiling, Chimera Project, Downtown Dances Moncton and PVD.

Caryn Chappell, born in Montreal and grew up in Ottawa, moved to Toronto to study at Ryerson University’s Performance Dance Program. She graduated in 2014 with Honours. Since then, she has performed with Toronto based companies ProArteDanza, and Toronto Dance Theatre in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil for the Pan Am Opening Ceremonies 2015. She has had the pleasure of collaborating with the Half Second Echo Collective and Form Contemporary Dance Theatre in the Toronto Fringe and Hamilton Fringe, respectively. Caryn has danced for Marie Josée Chartier, Hanna Kiel, Kate Hilliard, and Alysa Pires Dance Projects. She is currently working on a new piece with Mateo Galindo Torres.

Born and raised in Colombia, Mateo Galindo Torres is a multidisciplinary dance artist based in Toronto. His current artistic interests lay on the idea of “Identity”, as the current and immediate response to our past experience, memories, knowledge, and present environment. Torres has performed and presented work professionally in Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Germany, Mexico, and Panama. His, work is often politically charged, inspired by social subject matters, and fuses his eclectic movement background.

Karen Kaeja would like to thank: 

The Toronto Arts Council
The Ontario Arts Council
The Canada Council for the Arts

Thank you to the dancers, Anahita Azrahimi, Jane Van Rooyen, Ania Harmata, Allen Kaeja, Beata Rasitsan, Chelsey Fawcett, Aniya and Mika Kaeja.

Elements of Calibrate are inspired by Karen’s early dancing years living in New York City and working under the table as a seamstress in a curtain factory, as well as through Kaeja d’Dance’s XTOD: Solo Dance Xchange of Karen's solo inspired by Nova Bhattacharya.

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Don't miss Porch View Dances

Kaeja d’Dance is thrilled to return to the Seaton Village (Annex) neighbourhood for the 7th annual Porch View Dances: Real People Dancing In Real Spaces. This time round Seaton Village porches have become a Toronto performance platform, teaming up participants from around our city with professional choreographers. Dance is for everyone and this year they are Breaking. Down. Barriers. July 18-22, 2018. For more information visit the website or Facebook event.