initially youth / (un)conditionally dance | Kingston Grand Theatre

initially youth / (un)conditionally dance

Apr 5th, 2016 - 3:21PM

 “initially/(un)conditionally is a modern, contemporary dance piece, but it’s not like what you would see on So You Think You Can Dance,” warns the show’s director and choreographer, Kay Kenney.

Coming to the Baby Grand Theatre on May 1st as a part of the Juvenis Festival, this original dance piece will combine performance theatre and modern dance to explore how people build relationships and how chance encounters and meetings can develop into everything… or nothing at all.

The cast of initially/(un)conditionally is made up of seven young women between the ages of 16 and 30. In an interview with the Juvenis Festival, Kay explains that under her direction the dancers are, “creating an awesome, quirky world evolving around the memories they’re sharing.”  These seven women come from different backgrounds and all vary in age, but this has no bearing on their talent. “I know my equations and how I like to create movement and these girls are completely latching on to that,” says Kenney.

Kay Kenney is a Kingston native whose love affair with dance began as a child with ballet at the Kingston School of Dance. After dabbling in various forms of dance throughout the city, she moved on to study at The School of Dance in Ottawa where she completed the 3 year Professional Contemporary Dance Programme in 2012. Since then she has danced and taught dance with various troupes, companies, and collectives in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. She has not had the opportunity to bring her professional work back to her hometown until now.

 “If this was happening when I was 16, it would have rocked my world,” explains Kenney.” There is not enough of this [type of] dance happening in Kingston. I’ve had to travel everywhere else to do this as a profession.  Why not Kingston?”

May 1, 2016 at 2:30 and 7:30pm in the Baby Grand Theatre. The production is featured as a part of Blue Canoe Productions’ Juvenis Festival, Kingston’s first ever youth arts festival.