In Case Of Fire

(the immediacy of the moment)

Susan Lee and Elke Schroeder
William Yong
Yvonne Ng
Lata Pada and Joanna de Sousa
Andrea Nann and BaKari I. Lindsay
Karen Kaeja
Allen and Karen Kaeja

Allen and Karen Kaeja are in Moncton, NB this week (Sept. 13 - 19, 2021) for the combined Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA)'s Gathering and Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada's (ABC) IMPACTfest!


The Kaejas will be performing "In Case of Fire" with dancers from ABC and Wind in the Leaves Collective.


This is a unique performance score in which each artist performs a one-minute solo that is influenced by the other dancers they share the stage with. Visit for more info. Visit to view 'In Case of Fire'.

In Case of Fire creates a space where diversity is celebrated and shared through a generous lens of receiving and giving through movement. It welcomes all artists and abilities bringing their exquisite individuality to the stage. A series of one-minute solo performances becomes a trail that blazes the delivery of each performing artist's unique practice with a touch of influence from the dancers who share the stage with them. A performance score conceived by Karen and Allen Kaeja in 2000 for fFIDA, it has been performed by hundreds of dance artists in Toronto and Japan. 

The Concept:

Each dance artist delivers a 1-minute improvisation, inspired by the dancer performing prior to them. This continues one after the other where the body is witnessed as the vessel to carry forward and imbue their own dance. Ultimately each dancer brings their own creative practice to the stage blended with their inspiration of the dancer before them.

  • Dancers have complete agency to bring their full selves and practice to the performance.

  • Dancers can be set up on stage or off stage before they perform.

  • Since the dancers perform for 1-minute each, the performance is as many minutes long as there are performers. If desired the dancers can loop the concept twice through, leading to a performance twice as long.

  • The performance can be done to music that is prearranged for the sound system or can integrate live musicians who improvise with the dancers in rehearsal and performance

  • The order of performers can be chosen in various equitable ways. Usually, we pull names from hats either several weeks before or right before the performance!

    • NOTE: Setting movement is an option if desired



There are two options - 

  1. We can rehearse over zoom for an hour

  2. We can send instructions of the exact structure on email that gets sent to the dancers and then meet in a 1.5-2 hour rehearsal to go over it and practice.


In Case of Fire Selected History:


2000 - with 20 dancers at fFIDA, T.O.


Performers - Joanna De Sousa, Pam Johnson, Susanna Hood, Karen Kaeja, Allen Kaeja, Susan Lee, JoAnna Powell, Miko Sobriera, Julia Wyncoll, Marie-Josée Chartier, Maxine Heppner, Holly Small.


Musicians: Edgardo Moreno, Ritesh Das 


2009 - with 75 dancers at Harbourfront Centre, T.O.


Performers - Megan Andrews, Julia Aplin, Sylvie Bouchard, Tom Brouillette, Susie Burpee, Michael Caldwell, Yves Candau, Marie-Josée Chartier, Tanya Crowder, Joanna de Sousa, Jennifer Lynn Dick, Mairéad Filgate, Kate Franklin, Jenn Goodwin & Peter, Alicia Grant, Diana Groenendijk, Jennifer Helland, Shelly Hering & Salil, Janet Johnson, Pam Johnson, Allen Kaeja, Karen Kaeja, Mika Kaeja, Ryan Lee, Susan Lee, BaKari E. Lindsay, Suzanne Liska, Deborah Lundmark, Andrea Nann, Yvonne Ng, Eroca Nicols, Mickey Norris, Malgorzata Nowacka, Meagan O’Shea, Lata Pada, Martha Randall, Kathleen Rea, Aimée Dawn Robinson, Elise Rowan, Jessica Runge, Lucy Rupert &Pablo, Ashley Sanderson, Elke Schroeder, Holly Small, Cara Spooner, Tim Spronk & Wolf, Brodie Stevenson, Lee Walder, Johnny A. Wright, Julia Wyncoll, William Yong

Musicians: Edgardo Moreno

Flock Landing - Irit Amichae, Nicole Barber, Courtnae Bowman, Brittany Duggan, Jaz Fairy J, Meaghan Giusti, Diana Groenendijk, Peter Hessel, Aliyah Hirchberg, Savannah Hoag, Jaimée Horn, Jen-Yi Hum, Lilia Leon, Andrea Lithgow, Laura Mendes, Eva Myers, Megan Nadain, Kate Nankervis, Gdalit Neuman, Zita Nyarady, Lina Jiménez Nykwist, Kienna Shaw, Ann Tutt, Raphaella Valeri, Zoe Verhees

2018 - with 22 dancers for XTOD: Solo Dance Xchange at Harbourfront Centre, T.O. 

(Created with a slight variation on the theme which included inspiration from one other dance artist that was exchanged with)

2018 Toronto Trailer 

Performers - Peggy Baker, Nova Bhattacharya, Shawn Byfield, Michael Caldwell, Robert Desrosiers, Esmeralda Enrique, Jaz Fairy J, Roshanak Jaberi, Allen Kaeja, Karen Kaeja, Benjamin Kamino, Mi Young Kim, Emily Law, Claudia Moore, Pulga Muchochoma, Roula Said, Ofilio Sinbadinho, Santee Smith, Brian Solomon, Robert Stephen, William Yong


2019 - with 20 dancers in Japan for XTOD: Solo Dance Xchange at Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, Mukogawa U

(Created as a pure In Case of Fire)

Performers - Mariko Kasuya, Noako Murakoshi, Yui Ugai, Kana Sano, Mio Sakamoto, Hiroshi Miyamoto, Caryn Chappell, Minoru Harata, Allen Kaeja, Masuyo Higashide, Emiko Takata, Karen Kaeja, Karin Florence Kato, Sho Ikushima, Miki Sato


2020 - with 30+ dancers for our Dance Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award 2019

(Created with a slight variation on the theme which included inspiration from Kaeja past works over 30 years)


Performers - Peggy Baker, Johanna Bergfeldt, Sylvie Bouchard, Tara Butler, Michael Caldwell, Caryn Chappell, Esmeralda Enrique, Aria Evans, Jaz Fairy J, Mairéad Filgate, Mateo Galindo Torres, Maxine Heppner, Roshanak Jaberi, Allen Kaeja, Karen Kaeja, Susan Lee, Claudia Moore, Pulga Muchochoma, Naoko Murakoshi, Malgorzata Nowacka-May, Jody Oberfelder-Riehm, Kathleen Rea, Jessica Runge, Mio Sakamoto, Lua Shayenne, Ofilio Sinbadinho, Roger Sinha, Brian Solomon, William Yong, Drew Berry, Nyda Kwasowsky, Lilia Leon