The Theatre Centre
1115 Queen St W
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
*Come early for a special Prelude to the performance. Doors open at 7:40pm and at 1:40pm on Sunday, May 13.
Regular $30 | Student/Senior/Arts worker $22 |
Opening Night Gala $80
Service charges may apply.
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Please join us for our Opening Night Gala!
Each ticket includes: open bar, hors d’oeuvres, Rhumba lesson, performance, and reception + our exclusive silent auction. *Highest bidders announced that evening!
2 Show Pass: CRAVE/DEFIANT will be performed on alternating evenings with Cloud 9′s BIRD NESTING IN FINGERS IN BLOOM/ROOM #7 program. See both shows for $39
— 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.
*Contains nudity and course language
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 (original lighting design by 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