Actress Cara Ricketts encouraged listeners to go out and enjoy the Art of Time Ensemble's production of Shakespeare: If Music Be... According to Cara, "how can you loose" when you will be treated to acting, dancing and music inspired by Shakespeare's words. Cara will be doing the lovers' scene from Romeo and Juliet as well as Ophelia's mad scene from Hamlet. Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, March 28th and 29th, 416-973-4000 Art of Time Ensemble: www.artoftimeensemble.com
Photo: Shira Leuchter
Photo: Allen Kaeja
Dancer Tim Spronk and actor Aaron Willis joined me via telephone from Vancouver, where Kaeja d'Dance's new work "Abattoir" will be making its west coast debut before moving to Harbourfront Centre's Premiere Dance Theatre in Toronto. "Abattoir" is based on Allen Kaeja's experience working in his father's abattoir soon after his bar mitzvah. Karen and Allen Kaeja are co-Artistic Directors of Kaeja Dance.
Tim explained the martial arts inspired dance techniques that the Kaejas have developed, the physicality of the movements and how it was a great fit for his "hockey-player" build. Even though he is also a physical trainer, Tim did admit that "bruises happen" and that he made friends with the floor during rehearsals.
Aaron, who had studied movement theatre, but nothing quite like the Kaejas' technique, said that it was a challenge for him and that he learned a lot from the dancers. His role in the piece is an acting one, with movement as the secondary means of expression. "It will be thrilling to watch" and "full of surprises," says Aaron of Abattoir's multi-disciplinary exploration of what it means to be a human.
March 25, 27, 28, 29 at Harbourfront Centre's Premiere Dance Theatre, 416-973-4000
Kaeja d'Dance: www.kaeja.org
The More the Merrier Show Playlist
- Jannett Scott, CD Mystery Lady (played title track)
- Tuck & Patti, CD Tears of Joy, "I've got just about everything"
- The Musicians in Ordinary, CD Sleep Wayward Thoughts, "Beauty sate bathing"
- Kiran Ahluwalia, CD Kiran Ahluwalia, "Vo Kuch" ("Passion")
- There Will Be Blood (soundtrack), "Eat him by his own light"
- Umalali, The Garifuna Women's Project, "Nibari" ("My Grandchild")
- Eliana Cuevas, CD Vidas, "Canaima"