dance Immersion to Welcome Azaguno and KasheDance to Harbourfront Centre, 4/4-5
dance Immersion celebrates 20 years of supporting, promoting and producing dancers and dances of the African Diaspora with the second of its two Showcase presentations this season. ExpressionsŠNow showcases two acclaimed companies who present a myriad of dance styles informed by their own personal evolution in dance: Ohio's Azaguno and Toronto's KasheDance - each of whom present a world premiere. This dynamic double bill runs Friday April 4 and Saturday April 5 at Enwave Theatre as part of Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps.
Azaguno founder/dance director and choreographer Zelma Badu-Younge and founder/executive and music director Paschal Yao Younge bring the world premiere of Africa Meets Asia. With its 15-member dance and drum ensemble, Azaguno explores the fusion, juxtaposition and similarities of African and Asian dance and music. Azaguno is a multi-ethnic international touring group based in Athens, Ohio in the United States that focuses on performance of traditional and contemporary African dance and music. Through inter-cultural works, Azaguno brings a unique African theatrical experience to the stage.
Kevin Ormsby's KasheDance is hailed as embodying artistic diversity in technique, form and presentation. This company, celebrating its fifth anniversary, ushers in a new genealogy of Afro-contemporary dance steeped in modern dance, ballet and rooted in dances of the diaspora as it presents three works - variously performed by the ensemble's eight dancers - for the evening, all choreographed by Ormsby.
- Toronto premiere of Ke-ashe (Interludes within), a work from 2011 that charts instances of personal restraint to freedom in the internal and external interludes of life. It questions the rhythms we lose, gain and embrace in the walk of life.