Choreographer/Dancer Karen Kaeja. Photo by Allen Kaeja.
Fallow features Karen as dancer/choreographer, steeped in physical image and Allen as moving camera articulating the lens image. Collaboratively, both artists are making real-time choices as they respond to their environment and each other. During this period of isolated destabilization that screams a deafening silence, the artists focus on being present together in real-time in their palpable life setting. The underscore twists the visual expectations of inner homestead with living external images. One is dropped into a slightly a-skewed utopia, out of place, and into a world yet to be understood. The dancer’s relationship to her inner and outer environment transforms from an ethereal other world into her experience today.
CONCEPT & CHOREOGRAPHY: Karen Kaeja
CO-DIRECTORS: Karen Kaeja and Allen Kaeja
CAMERA: Allen Kaeja
PERFORMERS: Karen Kaeja with Allen Kaeja
COMPOSER: Edgardo Moreno
COSTUME: Karen Kaeja (Cloak designed and built by Cheryl Lalonde for Asylum of Spoons)
TECHNICAL: Allen Kaeja, Beata Rasitsan
TECH ASSIST: Jonathan Lander, Edgardo Moreno
INTERIOR MAILBOX DESIGN: Karen Kaeja and Melissa Norris
LIVESTREAM PERFORMANCE broadcast from South Bruce Peninsula
PRODUCED BY KAEJA D'DANCE
It was a privilege to be a part of and perform on this series during our COVID isolation. Thank you to the National Arts Centre / Centre national des Arts, Facebook, Slaight Music, the RBC Foundation, SiriusXM Canada, staff at the Kaeja hub - Yolanda Ferrato and Beata Rasitsan, The Patch, Aniya and Mika Kaeja, Justin Schmidt and Malgorzata Nowacka-May. Kaeja thanks our season funders, the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario, the Ontario Arts Foundation, the Green Fischer Family Trust, the Lindy Green Family Foundation and all our individual donors.
Acknowledging Saugeen Ojibway Nation Territory. Fallow was streamed live from South Bruce Peninsula. This is the first time we have performed on this land where we have incubated creations for the past two decades. We would like to acknowledge that we are dancing on the traditional land of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, which is represented by the communities of Saugeen First Nation and Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. We also acknowledge the Métis Nation of Ontario, whose history and people are well represented in Bruce and Grey Counties. We are thankful to create and express our imaginations on their land.