Traditionally, PVD pairs professional choreographers with community members to reveal stories of lives lived through original dances performed on their front porches and yards.
For 2020, we have invited all of our past Porch View Dances choreographers to bring their own personal stories alive on their porches, balconies, and front yards. You are guaranteed an intimate view of who these brilliant artists are, as they unearth and capture this moment in time with their families and co-habitants.
There will also be a special spotlight on father/son duo Jim & Owen Adams who have been part of the PVD family for the past three years!
The livestreamed premiere of these works will be hosted by the one and only Maurycy and will be followed by a live interactive Flock Landing, led by the fabulous Lilia Leon, that you are invited to witness or to Dance With Us! Lilia will be joined by Mateo Galindo Torres, Josh Murphy, Mio Sakamoto and Irma Villafuerte.
Join Kaeja d’Dance for an online iteration of PVD. This livestream will premiere 16 NEW commissions – short dance videos made by some of this community’s amazing choreographers, an audience-participatory Flock Landing and a Q & A!
Choreographers commissioned for PVD 2020 – Online:
Kate Alton, Julia Aplin, Nova Bhattacharya, Barbara Bourget & Jay Hirabayashi, Michael Caldwell & Louis Laberge-Côté, Peter Chin, Lauren Cook, Allison Cummings, Aria Evans, Maxine Heppner, Shannon Litzenberger, Pulga Muchochoma, Andrea Nann, Yvonne Ng, Kevin Ormsby, Kathleen Rea.
Porch View Dances was conceived by Karen Kaeja and developed with Allen Kaeja.
A note from Karen Kaeja (creator of Porch View Dances):
I am constantly pairing inspiration and intention. The pandemic has blasted open our imaginations of what Porch View Dances could become this year. After weaving our way through many ideas since lockdown, we’ve landed on what we are really excited about and remains at the heart of PVD. Connection, love, community, and everyday life with ‘real people dancing in real spaces’ are still all at the centre of this years PVD. Our PVD2020: Online integrates the brilliance of all our past and present PVD choreographers in Toronto and Etobicoke from over our 9 years. We are commissioning 2-minute videos from our choreographers, to create intimate portraits with their family members or those they live with, out into the world on their porches and front yards. They’ll be bringing the story they are inhabiting at this time out into the world, some on porches and others in spaces of importance in their homes. We’ll have a live online Flock Landing with 5 dancers as well that we invite you to join if you wish in the comfort of wherever you are. We’ll also have an audience/artist Q and A that you are welcome to stay online for at the end.
Really looking forward to these commissioned GEMS highlighting so many of Toronto’s incredible dance artist’s inspirational lives.