Idiom, by Kemi Contemporary Dance Projects’ Artistic Director Jennifer Dallas of Toronto and Bienvenue Bazié of Burkina Faso, premiered in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, this past December and had its Canadian premiere last weekend in Kitchener, ON, with a Toronto performance January 19. Dallas and Bazié, who have collaborated on and off for four years, share an artistic sensibility that goes beyond language (Bazié does not speak English and Dallas is still learning French) and meets in the studio through movement exploration. Cultural and linguistic idioms are made through musical and physical interplay with the creators asking: “What are the effects of borderlessness? Idiom proposes a dialogic exploration of the threads that connect divergent cultures.” This is the second full-length duet by Dallas and Bazié, who work independently and come together for intensive residencies. Other Canadian dates for this work include Québec City on January 22-24, Montréal on January 29-February 1, Ottawa on February 4-7 and Deep River, Ont. on February 11. 

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