Kẹmi Projects


Oct 24 & 25, 8pm

cSPACE King Edward


Part of a double bill

***Note that there is a live dog on stage during the companion performance.

Kẹmi Projects (Toronto)

Winner of the 2017 Dora Mavor Moore Award in the dance category; Outstanding Performance – Female. Nominated for Outstanding Production, and Outstanding Original Choreography.

Jennifer Dallas has created Kittly, formerly a high-powered fast-fashion CEO, now a fabulously dressed recluse. Kittly-Bender takes audiences on an emotional, image-filled journey as Kittly views her former glories (and calamities) through tatters of what remains. Dance, clown, music, and costume design coalesce for this intimate meditation on the worldwide demand for luxury. Kittly-Bender offers hope for the future and a less fractured world.

Kittly-Bender is a daring meld of equal parts clown-theatre and contemporary dance
— Evidanceradio


Hailing from the Canadian Rockies, Jennifer Dallas is the founder of Toronto-based Kẹmi Contemporary Dance Projects (Kẹmi). In 2017 she was the recipient of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding Female Performance (Kittly-Bender).

Jennifer has over a decade of professional experience spanning four continents. She began her formal dance training in ballet, later graduating from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Her work abroad in Burkina Faso, Nigeria, South Africa, Russia, and Israel has earned her critical acclaim, culminating in 2015 with a 7-city Canadian tour (Idiom) that highlighted her collaborative work with Burkinabe artist Bienvenue Bazié.

Identified by Dance Current magazine as “someone on the Canadian dance scene to pay attention to” (2015). Dallas is an artistic visionary who brings a unique combination of technical skill and playful insight to her work.


Performance / Choreography/ Writing/ Design: Jennifer Dallas
Direction: John Turner
Performer / Assistant: Jolyane Langlois
Lighting Design: Oz Weaver
Production Assistant: Cheryl Lalonde Sound
Design: John MacLean
Performance Coaching: Fiona Griffiths

Photo credit: Melanie Gordon