A Year of Firsts for Porch View Dances' 10th Anniversary

A Year of Firsts for Porch View Dances' 10th Anniversary

Annual festival celebrates "real people dancing in real spaces" in a whole new way


TORONTO – Kaeja d'Dance is shaking things up for this summer's 10th anniversary of Porch View Dances,which will premiere seven brand new commissioned dance films, featuring a diverse mix of professional artists and community participants, in a virtual event on Thursday, August 5th at 7pm EST.


Porch View Dances, PVD10, marks the first time that the festival will not be led by Co-Artistic Directors Karen and Allen Kaeja. This year, Michael Caldwell, a long-time Kaeja collaborator and PVD-featured choreographer over the years, will be leading our virtual event as Curator and Production Director. All of the new dance films featured in PVD10 will highlight an exploration of the meaning of 'home'. Caldwell writes:


"As I approach my work with Porch View Dances in this momentous 10th anniversary season, I am drawn to an expansive idea of 'home', with the acknowledgement that everyone's living spaces are wonderfully different and we each have agency to define 'home' for ourselves."


The 10th anniversary event will also expand to encompass community participants beyond the Seaton Village neighbourhood. Karen Kaeja described this shift: 


"We believe in the people who inhabit our city. PVD10 spreads its wings throughout Toronto, bringing together our city's beautiful diverse artists and everyday people. Our 10th anniversary moves inward to the heart, unleashing stories in multiple locations and neighbourhoods representing home. Warm and real, the commissioned short films will expose, inspire, and give insight to a city's humanity through brave inner dialogue transposed to moving gestures."


PVD10 features seven newly-commissioned films and our traditional audience interactive closing. Three distinct choreographer-filmmaker artistic pairings will engage with community participants to each create a dance film, celebrating the stories of everyday people. Interspersed throughout the program, three additional professional dance-makers will appear in short two-minute film vignettes, captured in one continuous shot, in a place that represents home, across the city of Toronto. Kaeja is also celebrating the dedicated group of community participants over the last 10 years in Seaton Village with the Reminiscent Reel, a fun and uplifting short film, directed by Drew Berry and Michael Caldwell, that will feature past participants recalling Porch View Dancesmemories while participating in a new collective movement creation. PVD10 will conclude with Karen Kaeja'sFlock 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.


The online program will close with a moderated conversation with the PVD10 artists, speaking about their creative process, and giving audience members an opportunity to ask questions about any aspect of the event.


DATE: Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 7pm EST. 

TICKETS: Available for FREE or a Pay-What-You-Wish donation. For more information and tickets, visitwww.kaeja.org/pvd10 

Thursday, August 5, 2021 - 7:00am to 9:00am