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Dance Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award: Allen & Karen Kaeja

The Dance Ontario Awards Committee (Lola Ryan, Jennifer Watkins, Sashar Zarif, Ofilio Sinbadinho) is delighted to announce that Allen & Karen Kaeja have been selected as the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. Given to those who have contributed substantially to the development of dance in this province over a significant period of time, committee members were delighted to recognize Toronto's "coolest couple" (NOW Magazine).

Lori Endes, President of the Board of Directors of Kaeja d'Dance said of the couple in her submission "In nominating Allen and Karen for this lifetime achievement award, I am nominating two individually fierce artists who together have pioneered new dance techniques and festivals, created far-reaching programming and found new ways of captivating and expanding dance audiences. With 39 years of award-winning professional stage and dance film works, they are recognized leaders locally, nationally and internationally for breaking barriers between audience and performance through multi-cultural, multi-generational and economically inclusive performances, collaborations and workshops. I have personally participated in the first iteration of their award-winning Porch View Dances (PVD) with my family, in my neighborhood and have witnessed the impact that this program has on a community, and the city at large, annually. Karen has envisioned a collaboration between professional choreographers and local residents that celebrates life through dance and demonstrates a high level of artistic integrity and consideration toward inclusivity of our diverse population. Each summer, as huge audiences are led down streets to witness professional vignettes by professional dancers mixed with beautiful performances by community members, ending with an audience inclusive movement experience of Flock Landing, the overall impression is that contemporary dance has the power to reach everyone and reflect our collective human experience. Lauded across the country with performances throughout other Ontario neighbourhoods, PVD has been a catalyst for similar events and new ideas for several organizations/artists." Read More


























Photo Credit: Nahanni Mckay, Banff Centre residency


Source: Dance Ontario

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