Asylum (2005) Harbourfront (Stage excerpts)

Award-winning choreographer Allen Kaeja articulates a chilling and evocative contemporary dance narrative that chronicles the extraordinary dynamics, impulsive acts, unspoken desires and gripping love of a truly eccentric family. Asylum of Spoons plays with a turn-of-the-century aesthetic and follows a…

Asylum (2005) Harbourfront (Stage excerpts)

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Award-winning choreographer Allen Kaeja articulates a chilling and evocative contemporary dance narrative that chronicles the extraordinary dynamics, impulsive acts, unspoken desires and gripping love of a truly eccentric family.

Asylum of Spoons plays with a turn-of-the-century aesthetic and follows a dominant Matriarch through her great manor as she strives to attain absolute control. The viewer witnesses the familys sacrifice of freedom and sanity in exchange for their desperate cravings of safety, intimacy and need for sanctuary. We are impacted by the realization that the Matriarchs efforts to attain their unconditional love must come at a cost. Asylum of Spoons challenges our inherent need for familial love against all odds.

Thousands of stainless steel spoons permeate Asylum of Spoons, serving as poignant metaphors for glittering instruments of currency, bait, jewelry, enforcement, passion and antagonism. These objects of desire establish the conflicts and hierarchies within the family, driven by Kaejas trademark athleticism and award-winning choreography.

Kaeja dDances exceptional performers, led by Karen Kaejas mesmerizing performance as the domineering Matriarch as well as additional choreography, propel Asylum of Spoons, evoking hunger, tender anguish, bizarre humour and gripping love. Asylum of Spoons is a compelling, imagistic narrative of contemporary dance, beautifully danced with stunning physicality.

Dancers are: Karen Kaeja, Piotr Biernat, Tanya Crowder, Susan Lee, Lincoln Shand, Tim Spronk and Teena Walker

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