Join us for PVD10, a virtual event that celebrates ten years of "real people dancing in real spaces"!
This year's Porch View Dances, led by Curator and Production Director Michael Caldwell (a long-time collaborator with Kaeja d'Dance) features new commissioned dance films, from choreographers and filmmakers sharing their unique visions of 'home' in the midst of these complex and challenging times.
PVD10 will take place on Thursday, August 5th at 7:00pm, in an online event hosted by theatre-maker and actor, Jake Runeckles.
Three distinct choreographer-filmmaker artistic pairings will engage with community participants to create three dance films, celebrating the stories of our friends and neighbours and bridging the gap between professional artists and everyday people.
Interspersed throughout the August 5th program, three professional dance-makers will appear in short video vignettes, captured in one continuous shot, in outdoor settings across the city of Toronto.
This year, we also celebrate the dedicated group of community participants over the last 10 years in Seaton Village, in our Reminiscent Reel - a fun and uplifting short film featuring past participants recalling memories from their previous PVD experience.
And finally, any PVD experience would not be complete without Flock Landing, a participatory, site-specific activation which invites people of all ages and abilities to join a collective movement ensemble. Led by professional dancers, it embraces simple gestures that viewers can do from the comfort of their own home.
Tickets to PVD10 are available for free or for a Pay-What-You-Wish donation; get yours by clicking the button below. The event will be closed captioned.
We are committed to making this event available to everyone. If you experience any barriers to accessing PVD10, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible for assistance. Please note that any accessibility arrangements are subject to availability.
Karen Kaeja with Allen Kaeja
Curator and Production Director
Rodney Diverlus & Olya Glotka
Atri Nundy & Aria Evans
Sara Porter & Fran Chudnoff
Reminiscent Reel Co-Directors
Drew Berry and Michael Caldwell
Reminiscent Reel Camera Operator & Editor
Online Tour Guide
Flock Landing Dancers
Business and Community Organization Shoutouts from our PVD10 Artists:
Curator & Production Director Michael Caldwell
Photo by Zhenya Cerneacov
Michael Caldwell is a Toronto-based choreographer, performer, curator, director, producer, and arts advocate. He has performed/collaborated with over 50 of Canada's esteemed performance
creators/companies, performing across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, earning two (2) Dora Mavor Moore Awards for outstanding performance in dance. His choreography has been commissioned/presented throughout Canada at major festivals, in traditional venues and in site-responsive and community-engaged contexts. Caldwell is a two-time K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation Artist Award finalist. He is the Executive Producer at Fall for Dance North in Toronto, and Associate Artistic Director at Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal in Nova Scotia, and sits on the board of directors at The CanDance Network and the Dancer Transition Resource Centre.
Photo courtesy of Olya Glotka
Olya Glotka is a Toronto-based, queer, award-winning filmmaker specializing in dance film and documentary. Through her art, her advocacy and social work, she blends her creativity with the desire to make our world a better place - one story at a time.
Photo courtesy of Aria Evans
Aria is a queer, award winning interdisciplinary artist who’s practice spans dance; creation, performance and film. With a large-scale vision, collaboration is the departure point to their work created under their company POLITICAL MOVEMENT. Advocating for inclusion and the representation of diversity, Aria uses their artistic practice to question the ways we can coexist together.
Photo by Fran Chudnoff
Francesca Chudnoff also known as Franz / Fran, is a Toronto based millennial, with a BFA in performance, and paying rent as a multidisciplinary artist. She is a dance maker, video artist, and photographer. Their work is in conversation with internet aesthetics, the instantaneous energy of communications technology and its inevitable intersection with performance. Franz utilizes the assemblage of found parts, story telling and digital image-making inside digital and physical landscapes. They are a queer 20 something, living in a land of Instagram captions and pop song tropes. Francesca recently completed a 3 year residency at Dancemakers Centre for Creation.
Photo by Jackie Brown Photography
Ravyn Wngz “The Black Widow of Burlesque” is a Tanzanian, Bermudian, Mohawk, 2Spirit, Queer and Transcendent empowerment storyteller. Ravyn is an abolitionist and co-founder of ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company. She is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Canada, A Canadian Best Selling Author, Top 25 Women on Influence in Canada recipient of 2021 and on the steering team of Black Lives Matter Toronto Chapter, a group who are committed to eradicating all forms of anti-Black racism, supporting Black healing and liberating Black communities.
Reminiscent Reel Co-Director, Camera Operator, & Editor
Photo by Elizabeth Gagnon
Drew Berry is a Toronto-based dancer, thespian, photographer, musician and teacher. She has been working with Kaeja d’Dance since 2016 in various roles including: resident photographer/ videographer, scribe, dancer, certified KE assistant and teacher, marketing and development intern, and assistant stage manager. Drew is a company member with Rock Bottom Movement having performed in five full-length works and participated in multiple respected residencies. Other collaborators include: Portal Dance, Emma Kerson, Nico Al Ajillio, Irma Villafuerte, Kate Hilliard, and Alias Dance Project. Drew is also on faculty in the dance department at Centennial College. A graduate from Quinte Ballet School of Canada’s post-graduate program, Drew holds her BFA (Honours) from the Performance Dance program at X University.
Flock Landing Dancer
Photo by Jeremie Dupont, Courtesy of Propel Dance Centre
Lilia Leon is a Mexican-Canadian performing artist with a multi-faceted career including performance, choreography and education in dance and theatre. She graduated from York University with a BA in Dance and is an alumni of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Lilia has a long relationship with Kaeja d’Dance and has been involved with PVD through performing, teaching, and coordination for several years. Looking for balance and sustainability in her artistic practice, she became a Registered Massage Therapist in 2021. She continues to create, perform and produce her own work and is passionate about supporting fellow creatives through massage therapy and movement coaching. For self-care tips and motivation follow her on IG: @artfulmassagetherapy
Photo by Hana Hebzavi
Rodney Diverlus (@rodneydiverlus | He/Them) is a Haitian-Canadian performance maker and artivist whose work is borderless. His practice samples from dance, choreography, theatre, mass mobilization, afrofuturism, queer subcultures, and public arts-based interventions. He has worked throughout Turtle Island in theatre, dance, and film. Beyond his artistic practice, he moonlights as a community activator and writer. He is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter in Canada, and co-director of Wildseed Centre for Art & Activism.
Photo by Michael Mortley
Mid-career dance artist, educator and choreographer, Atri Nundy completed her arangetram (graduation) in 2005 after years of continuing her passion for dance molded through learning Bharatanatyam at Sampradaya Dance Academy under the tutelage of Lata Pada CM. Nundy continues to work as a Company dancer /choreographer and teacher at Sampradaya Dance Academy. She has toured extensively in India, Indonesia, UK and the Caribbean. Technically diverse in her training, Atri’s professional practice includes work in a variety of contemporary practices. With this training she has performed with many companies in Toronto including KasheDance, Novadance and Ronald
Taylor Dance. Commissioned by Anadam DanceTheatre where she also works as a dancer, she is in the process of creating her first ensemble work, Mindful Chatter, while working with seminal choreographer Padmini Chettur’s in her newest work Chalking, set to premiere and tour internationally in 2021/2022.
Photo by Marie Caloz
Sara Porter has been presenting her multidisciplinary stage creations internationally since 1990. Creating at the intersection of original text, movement, and sharp humour, Porter's works explore queer and feminist themes, presenting a self-reflective body in performance. Her signature one-woman show Sara does a Solo toured across Canada and the US between 2016-2019, with stops in New York City, San Francisco, Vancouver, St. John’s Newfoundland and many points in between. She is recipient of a Chalmers Arts Fellowship and is featured in the award-winning CBC series, The Move. Her upcoming solo – Getting to know your Fruit – premieres on film this fall.
Photo courtesy of Irma Villafuerte
Irma Villafuerte is a dance artist, educator and first-generation daughter of refugees from Nahuat Pipil Territory Kuskatan, post-colonial El Salvador, based in Tkaronto. She is a graduate of George Brown Dance’s Dance Performance Studies. She’s had the honor to be part of festivals such as Night Shift 2020 Presented by the Citadel & Compaigne, Fall for Dance North’s Open Studio, The Rhubarb Festival, DanceWeekend Ontario, Aluna Theatre’s Panamerican Routes Festival, Panamania 2015, 12th Bienal de la Habana 2015, Vanguardia Dance Projects Festival, International Dance Meeting in Guantanamo, CounterPulse Performing Diaspora in San Francisco, etc. She’s been part of works by Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Jaberi Dance Theatre, Kaeja d’Dance, Victoria Mata, Aria Evans, Alejandro Ronceria, and Arsenio Andrade. Since 2017, she has led a journey nurturing her choreographic development through residencies with Dance Makers, TDT’s Emerging Voices, George Brown Dance and Aluna Theatre; currently developing two important works nudoDESnudo and Xilopango. As a Latin American woman, her passion for social justice and human rights is the driving force for creation in Irma’s choreographic and performance work, recently recognized by the Toronto Arts Foundation as a finalist for the emerging artist award. She is a dance instructor at Casa Maiz’ Semillas Latinas program for Latin American children; in 2019, she joined the faculty of the Theatre Department at Randolph College for the Performing Arts. www.irmavillafuerte.com
Photo by Sashar Zarif
Sashar Zarif is an internationally renowned performing artist, educator, and researcher. For the last three decades Zarif has toured across forty countries, and has spent his professional life promoting cultural dialogue through intensive fieldwork, residencies, performances, and creative collaborations. His award-winning, multi-disciplinary dance projects are steeped in the artistry and history of traditional, ritualistic, and contemporary dance and music of the Central Asian, Middle Eastern, and North African regions. Zarif is committed to developing his own practice, grounded in a deep, mystical connection to dance. His creative approach Living Stories / Moving Memories explores the physical, mental and emotional aspects of memory.
Online Tour Guide
Photo courtesy of Jake Runeckles
Jake is a theatre maker, musician, and advocate for positive change. He began training in classical piano when he was 4 years old, and has happily picked up many instruments since then. As a teenager, he found a love for musicals, and in pursuit of a dream to perform for a living, he trained at George Brown Theatre School, and the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. In addition to acting, he has worked as a playwright, as a producer, and as a musician for companies such as Cahoots Theatre, Clay and Paper Theatre, and Theatre by the Bay. Selected acting credits include The Neverending Story, Henry VIII (Stratford Festival); I and You (Outlook Theatre); The Secret Garden (Young People’s Theatre).
Flock Landing Dancer
Photo by Henry Nozuka
Artistic Director of Jasad Dance Projects, Meryem Alaoui is a dancer-choreographer from Morocco, living in Toronto. Her work is often an invitation towards a softer and sensorial experience of dance. A graduate of the School of TDT, she has danced for multiple choreographers, including Amanda Acorn. Her choreographic works have been shown in Ontario and Quebec. In 2019, she created a solo for Sonia Rodriguez, principal dancer at the NBoC. Meryem has received residency support nationally and internationally, and funding from the CCA, the OAC and the TAC. She also enjoys being involved in arts-education and community arts projects.
Flock Landing Dancer
Photo by Andrew Johnson
Deltin Sejour was born and raised in Freeport Grand Bahama, The Bahamas, where he received his early training, primarily in martial arts. During adolescence, he began training in Theatre as well as Dance at Lois Sieler Academy of Dance, Georgia School of Theatre and Dance as well as Freeport Players Guild. Seeking further training, he attended the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and later Dance Performance at George Brown College. Sejour has participated in works by Kaeja d'Dance, Newton Moraes Dance, REAson D'être Dance, Wind in the Leaves Collective, and the Canadian Opera Company. Sejour has also traveled to India to study various aspects of Yoga and Movement. He spends his free time taking workshops to expand his knowledge of the arts, reading, writing, and doing calisthenics and extensive research. He is a dedicated artist that's always seeking to learn more about movement, art, the human body and the world at large. As an emerging artist, Sejour seeks to continue his education by collaborating and creating meaningful, thoughtful, physical and engaging work.
Photo courtesy of Sara Porter
Katherine Duncanson has been involved in the performance of music, dance and theatre for many decades and had the pleasure of creating with and/or been an interpreter in the works of many of Canada's most renowned performing artists. She is also a Creative Facilitator/ Director for musicians, theatre artists and dance artists. She has performed across Canada, in the US, Amsterdam and Jamaica; in 3000 seat theatres, and in rooms just for one; in parks and parking lots; in oceans and art galleries; on rafts, on roof tops, in tree tops, tents and canoes; in bathtubs, on a scooter, under rocks, soaked by rain and surrounded by fire.
Photo courtesy of Catherine Moynihan
Christine Moynihan has spent the past forty years actively working in the performing arts – as an actor, producer, technician, administrator and executive director. From 1976 – 1988, she worked as a actor in theatres across Canada. She was the Artistic Producer of Equity Showcase Theatre (EST), from 1988 – 2002 and the Executive Director of the Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO) from 2002- 2012. She has received both the Brenda Donoghue Award for Outstanding Service to the Theatre Community and The Harold Award, also for Outstanding Service to the Theatre and Dance Community. In 2016, she was the Rehearsal Director and Production Manager for the Art Monastery Project in Caramanico, Italy and, while there, created The Wild Boars project.
Photo courtesy of Cianan Liburd
Enmeshed in the arts at a young age, Cianan commits to maintaining a link to creative self-discovery and expression through many mediums like painting, drawing and performance. He's worked in branding and communications for the last 4 years and enjoys the collaborative nature of the work, which allows him to flex his creative muscles. He first heard about PVD through a friend and soon-after choreographer of his performance. Cianan is excited to, through dance, tell the story of two souls' return to one another after a gruelling year of separation, isolation and self-determination, and the reawakening of their bond simply at the sight of a loved one.
Photo courtesy of Catherine Marrion
Catherine Marrion is an expressive arts therapist and voice coach who long ago made theatre in San Francisco, B.C. and Toronto, and then taught voice and
movement for decades at Humber’s Theatre Performance Program. Having seen and experienced the transformative power of making art, she became an expressive arts therapist so she could accompany others on that path. In addition to her private practice, she continues as a voice coach, mostly with dancers, as her somatic training and embodied approach seem to support their work. What a pleasure to work with Sara Porter and how amazing to be part of Porch View Dances which is such a perfect way to celebrate dance and community.
Manu Gupta, Pritha Roy Chowdhury, Roshin and Vinash
Photo courtesy of Manu Gupta
As parents to a family of five who are curious and adventurous. Manu and Pritha are trying to encourage their boys to try and venture outside of one’s comfort zones. For Pritha, experimenting with Porch View Dances is like a homecoming, returning to dance after many years. For Manu, this is new and uncomfortable. But when the opportunity came up, they seized it, to show the boys that there is so much adventure and learning if we can approach new experiences with curiosity.
Photo courtesy of Kiké Otujie
Kiké Otujie is a queer, non-binary, Nigerian visual artist whose work focuses on telling black, queer stories through portraiture as well as examines visuals of queer Africans within and outside the diaspora. A proud plant parent who enjoys cooking, working out as well as biking around the city, Kiké loves being active and moving and being in touch withtheir body and that's why they're very happy to explore this in a new and exciting way by being a part of this project!