ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

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Karen Kaeja is an award-winning performer, choreographer, mentor, community builder and project instigator whose work interrogates relational feminine perspectives. “The mastermind behind Porch View Dances” Toronto Star, she develops performance platforms provoking collaborative relationships between dancers, everyday people and the body. Co-Artistic Director of Kaeja d’Dance with Allen Kaeja, her awards include the 2019 Dance Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award, the CDA “I Love Dance” Community Award and the Paul D. Fleck Fellowship for Innovation. She has been honoured with an American Choreography Award nomination and 7 Dora Mavor Moore nominations, including 4 for Crave (winning outstanding male). Karen is distinguished in The Canadian Who’s Who, was a finalist for the 2020 TAF Celebration of Cultural Life Award and the 2017 TAF Muriel Sherrin Award for International achievement, the CDA Innovation Award, NOW’s Best Local Choreographer and twice nominated for NOW’s Best Dance Company. Commissioned and presented by performance series around the world, she has created over 70 dance works, continues to mentor, dramaturg and perform for many of Canada’s brilliant emerging and established choreographers and was Stratford Festival’s first movement dramaturg for Wendy and Peter Pan. Karen was the first resident dance artist for both MUN/Dance NL and the Guelph Dance Festival. Read Karen's complete bio and resume.

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Allen Kaeja

Allen Kaeja is an internationally recognized and award winning Dance Film Director and Choreographer, who has created over 160 stage works and choreographed for 27 films. Allen is Co-Artistic Director of Kaeja d’Dance with Karen Kaeja, they were runner up of NOW Magazine’s BEST DANCE COMPANY 2015 award and he is co-founder of the CanAsian Dance Festival. His stage and film works have been presented in festivals around the world as well as teaching Kaeja Elevations and Dance Film master classes worldwide. Allen has received dozens of national and international commissions. His awards include Dance Ontario's 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2016 Katheryn Ash Award for Choreography, and he was recently nominated for Ontario’s Arts Education Award. Allen also co-developed many site-specific and audience interactive engagement performance strategies with Karen Kaeja over the past 27 years. Read Allen's complete bio and resume.