MOonhORsE Dance Theatre and Kaeja d’Dance share a two-week engagement at The Theatre Centre from Tuesday May 9 to Saturday May 20 with work by award-winning choreographers, featuring some of Canada’s most celebrated dancers.

The two companies present two different programs performed in repertory: world premieres: Bird Nesting in Fingers in Bloom by DA Hoskins and DEFIANT by Allen Kaeja – and smash hits, Room #7 by Montreal’s Lina Cruz and Crave by Karen Kaeja.

In the Toronto premiere of Lina Cruz’s Room #7, legendary performers Louise Bédard (Quebec), Karen Kaeja and Claudia Moore are a territorial trio, revealing themselves as unusual heroines claiming the right to their small chaotic world.  They are accompanied by their stage-confidante, musician-performer, Philippe Noireaut. Room #7 premiered at the 2016 Canada Dance Festival.

DA Hoskins creates a potent reflection of the self, personally and collectively, in the world premiere of Bird Nesting in Fingers in Bloom. Powerful and poetic, Hoskin’s quartet for performers Larry HahnKaren Kaeja, Claudia Moore and Robert Regala is a wordless collision of experience that binds the players’ bodies in a sharing of understanding, a wisdom that renders the illuminations of the self tactile.

Crave is poignant, whimsical and chaotic. A duet that mines intimacy while navigating loneliness, unsettledness, and the hope that keeps us hanging on, it explores the push and pull of the ties that bind us or tear us apart. Sarah Shugarman’s beautiful score will be brought to life by a live string quartet.  As part of the pre-show, audience members are invited to join Dance With Me, a slow dance on stage with a partner, friend or stranger. Crave is performed by the original dancers of this 2013 work:  Stéphanie Tremblay and Michael Caldwell.

DEFIANT is brutal, visceral and provocative. Combined with an original score by Edgardo Moreno, this world premiere harnesses the intense physicality of seven Kaeja dancers, featuring: Karen KaejaMichael Caldwell, Zhenya Cerneacov, Ana Claudette Groppler, merideth plumb, Stéphanie Tremblay and Mateo Galindo Torres. This new work delves into light within darkness, the resonance of rebellion, and the beauty of failure.

MOonhORsE Dance Theatre’s Cloud 9 and Kaeja d’Dance in Rep at The Theatre Centre

Tuesday, May 9 – Saturday, May 20, 2017
Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm,
Saturday at 2pm

The performance schedule is as follows:

Room #7 / Bird Nesting in Fingers in Bloom
Presented by MOonhoRsE Dance Theatre’s Cloud 9
May 9, 10, 13, 18 & 19 at 8:00pm; May 20 at 2:00pm

Presented by Kaeja d’Dance
May 11, 12, 16, 17 & 20 at 8:00pm; May 13 at 2:00pm

The Theatre Centre
1115 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario
Regular Tickets: $30; Student/senior/arts worker: $22

SPECIAL OFFER!  See both programs for ONLY $39!
For tickets, call The Theatre Centre Box Office at 416-538-0988 or visit