Happy New Year and Greetings from the UK! 
As I (Karen) muse on 2016, I felt a progressive, shifting and incubating journey. Constantly surprised by the stream of creative consciousness both in process and output, there were so many highlights. People ask me if we were always this busy and I really don't know because it is such a wild weave between family and work life growing in tandem 
- it just always feels full! 

Research with Toronto dancers and community dance artists who stole my heart during my rehearsal in December 2016. - Karen 

2016 highlights took us across the country and around the world - from Moncton, NB to a 6-city tour of  Mexico with my work Touch and Allen's .0, t o another Gros Morne mountain, NFLD adventure for incubation of a 2 year project - one of my favourite places on earth!
On the road between Mexicali and Tijuana! / From left to right: Merideth Plum, Shana Hillman, Oz Weaver, Karen Kaeja, Michael Caldwell, Ana Claudette Groppler, Zhenya Cerneacov, Mateo Galindo Torres, Allen Kaeja

Porch View Dances (PVD) happened in Toronto for it's 5th season and traveled to  Ottawa for the Canada Dance Festival and Kitchener, ON,  and then spun off into Downtown Dances: Moncton, where we made dances on 80 employees from local businesses, plus the Mayor and city council, in collaboration with the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada !   

Downtown Dances: Moncton / 2016 / Choreographer: Eldiyar Daniyarov / Dancers: Eldiyar Daniyarov & Yuriko Diyanov/  
Photo by: Viktor Pivovarov 
Our Montgomery's Inn project - ReGeneration: Etobicok e Dances 2016 - engaged choreographers to make dances on residents of Etobicoke, including my seven brave and beautiful participants who were all over 50!

ReGeneration: Etobicoke Dances 2016 / Choreographer: Karen Kaeja / Community Dance Artists: (from left to right) Slade Lander, Nancy Zingel, Linda Bayliss, Susan Brown, Gina Maenhunt, Loretta Faveri, Pieter Biessels

We had commissions for Ridley College, George Brown College and PULSE 2016. Allen won the Kathryn Ash Award and created another powerful work for School of Toronto Dance Theatre's fabulous graduating class. Ottawa Dance Directives (ODD) presented Crave and the year wrapped up with a very special joint choreographic contribution between Allen and I, to Judith Thompson's upcoming RARE Theatre production of Wildfire, exploring the boundaries of love for people with visible differences. All the while, we have also been in rehearsals for our upcoming season at The Theatre Centre this May.

Crave / 2013 / Choreographer: Karen Kaeja / Dancers: Michael Caldwell and St├ęphanie Tremblay / Photo by: Irene Popova  
2017 has hit the ground running with a month in London, England with a commission to choreograph on the  EDge  at The Place and teaching public dance workshops. A collision of our creative juices towards a singular work - this is good. February has us in rehearsals for DEFIANT and a very fun performance installation at my favourite landmark that I grew up with, Honest Ed's, as part of Toronto for Everyone's AMAZEMENT - immersive art maze.

Allen and I will be taking our lifeDUETs program to Vancouver for the Vancouver International Dance Festival at the beginning of March and then we continue on to Japan where we will be teaching at the Yokohama Ballet Institute and performing a different sort of lifeDUET.

lifeDUETS / 2015 / Choreographers: Tedd Robinson / Dancers: Karen & Allen Kaeja / Photo by: Zhenya Cerneacov

April brings us home to continue rehearsals for DEFIANT and Crave for The Theatre Centre.  I am excited to also be rehearsing for Cloud 9 's new commissioned performances igniting dancers over 50 by DA Hoskins and Lina Cruz (Claudia Moore and I blend as Co-Artistic Directors), that will alternate in May with Kaeja d'Dance f or a two week run! Porch View Dances continues for its 6th season in July. Commissions coming up include the Toronto Tabla Ensemble, Downtown Dances: Moncton once again and more! I am also very happy to continue mentoring Roshanak Jaberi on the development of her new work over the next few years.  

I extend my love to you for the support and curiosity you bring to our Company and to our celebration of Dance as a vibrant art form. As we head into Canada's 150th look out for our newest project coming up thanks to the Toronto Arts Council Open Doors Program who recently invested in our VERY exciting Exceptional TO Dances - details to come soon!
I am a lucky woman, entrenched in and flirting with, the artful fabrication of nothing into something, in a language only the body can describe. I invite you to slip into the creative madness that 2017 brings for all!

Inquisitively y ours,

Karen Kaeja
Co-Artistic Director

Nova Dance takes the The Theatre Centre stage this week with their new work infinite storms! For Karen, it was an incredible privilege to witness the dancers immersed in a work in the studio. Check out the deeply connected words that Karen shares on the Nova Dance blog HERE.  Nova Dance has also offered a special discount to Kaeja fans - see below for information on how you can get a ticket for only $20! 

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Our Company dancers have been busy this new year! Check out what they have been up to:   

Mateo's company, Form Contemporary Dance Theatre'

Ana in Social Growl Dance & Dance Matters Drunk On Fiction   

Zhenya's collective, Throwdown Collective's
Various Concert & Ylem (3 Eggs Ago)