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Saturn the Roman God of agriculture and harvest. Saturn is also the 6th planet from the Sun and equated with the Greek God Cronus.

Saturn was another piece that was conceived before we knew we were in the 2010 Toronto Fringe Festival. I wanted to do a piece with the idea of women being chattel.

Chattel defined by Wikipedia is:
Personal property, roughly speaking, is private property that is moveable.

The original name of the piece is Saddress Your Aches. I renamed it when it was time to put it in Eternal Eclipse. I just thought the movement and ideas behind this piece goes along with the story of Saturn and his daughters. Every rehearsal I would come into the studio with set counts of choreography to teach. Lots of  floor work! Thank goodness for my dancers – They are troopers through the bruised knees and late nights at that.  I had the choreography for a long time in my head (since before Christmas last year) and it was one of the last pieces I worked with the dancers on before the Fringe. It is funny how things work out sometimes.

See the piece here:

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A View From The Inside

This article is written by Kinetic Elements’ member Ashima Suri.

I took a deep breath and worked my way into the studio for the audition.  I remember feeling intensely hot and I could feel my heartbeat faster.  And I hadn’t even started to dance yet!

It was July 2009 – a hot summer day and a moment I was waiting for.  The Kinetic Elements (KE) audition!  I remember seeing Choreographer of Kinetic Elements, Kendra Hughes, in pictures and videos on Facebook and thinking, I want to learn from her one day.  The week of the KE audition I took classes every day – doing whatever I could to mentally and physically prepare myself for the big day!

I’m not sure how I did on the day of the audition but I do remember leaving feeling great.  I was part of Kinetic Elements group! And little did I know at that time – that this was just the beginning of an amazing journey!

Fast forward to almost a year later and the journey has indeed been a surreal one.  I’ll be the first to admit that the journey wasn’t always a smooth one.  There were definitely some bumps along the way, but it is overcoming those bumps and moving forward that makes a person grow, develop and become stronger.

And now the big day is approaching! Kinetic Elements is performing at the 2010 Toronto Fringe Festival! About 6 months ago, as I stood outside waiting for a streetcar, I received a call from Kendra with the news that we will be in the Fringe! The excitement was contagious and for the rest of the evening I couldn’t stop smiling.

And today, I’m along side some of the most fantastic dancers and in awe of their strength as performers.  I’m learning from an amazing choreographer whom I have learned so much from this past year.  It has all been one big blessing and I’m eternally grateful.

And as I think back to where we started, I slowly begin to unravel the reality of where we are heading and I can’t help but to keep on smiling.  Smiling all the way to the Bathurst Theatre for the 2010 Fringe Festival with the Kinetic Elements crew.  July 2nd will be a great day! J

Music is what feelings sound like – Unknown

Music has always been a very important part of my life and as a choreographer even more so. Kinetic Elements has aligned their newest and latest work with musician Erik Raymond. The music is what is helping create the company, the feel and the style.

Erik Raymond

Erik Raymond is a Montreal born musician raised and residing in Burlington, He writes, produces and engineers music. Some of you might remember him as the DJ/Synth player from 30odd08, Erik is currently working on 4 other projects as well, Hiigarrah, Non-Zero, Ebony & Lolindir and also he does music under his own name as a solo artist.  In addition to music projects, Erik manages a video and music production company called Midnight Fabrications. The work includes two movies, produced three full albums as well as produced a third party group’s album.  Hiigarrah’s album entitled Lucidity Versus Obscurity was released thought Midnight Fabrications and the label is going to release more albums in the future. 

Q&A 

The first song that I used for my choreography was Pandora`s Box for my piece called Antevasin. Erik tell us a little bit about where the inspiration came from for this song:

This song pretty much represented a turning point in Non-Zero’s sound and
direction.  After completing the final tracks on the first album “Second Gen.
Organic” I still had a burning desire to add more tracks to the record, but it
was time to close the book on that album.  However, Pandora’s box was a track I
had written during the Second Gen record with a group of songs done with some
new equipment.  Even though the record was done I had a million ideas flowing
out of me with the lack of restrictions my gear was providing.  Pandora’s Box
was written, engineered and finalized in 4 hours one winter morning.  I knew the
song didn’t belong on the first record for two reasons, 1. the album was full,
complete and complimentary on its own and 2. Pandora’s box sounded so different
from the rest of the record that it pretty much started a new chapter in Non-
Zero’s story.  Since the song was indeed different I named it as such, it was
like a doorway had open to a new world or a box had opened with an alien like
sensation pouring out.  To me the song meant things were different and never
going to be the same in a new and exciting way.

The newest piece Kinetic Elements uses has a totally different feel to it, could you give us an inside look at Mode III?

More or less Mode 3 was one of the first songs I wrote at the beginning of the
30odd08 project.  The Day I wrote it I was in the studio and had just finished
a 10 hour stretch on 30odd08’s first album recording efforts and I had some
spare time in the outer sound room with my rig.  I was still in a creative mind
frame as I was all day from the other record, and I didn’t want to stop, so I
went to work on my own.  Within one hour I had nearly completed the track

Let`s hear a little more about you:

Who is your biggest inspiration?

Bill Leeb and Ryhs Fulber of Delerium and Front Line Assembly as well as Fredrick Thordendale of Meshuggah and Special Defects, taught me a lot about breaking away from the cookie cutter music that seems to be everywhere

When did you start making music? 

When I was ten my parents gave me a small keyboard for X-mas, made a few licks of my own right there but when I turned 14 I was introduced to Drumming and computer tracked music, I wrote over 100 songs on my PC at home that year

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? 

The world, humanity, compassion, beauty, a women’s eyes, mountains, valleys, plains, there’s a lot in this world to behold and enjoy and come to love

What turns you off?

Nothing on this planet is worse that blatant ignorance

Future Aspiration? 

To have recorded 8 full length albums, to have built my own rat rod (oldschool hotrod 100% fabricated) and have a family of my own in a house on a hillside

Meet Erik at our Launch Party this Saturday: 805 Dovercourt Rd, 3rd Floor.  Only $10 admission!

Also, you can visit him here

Kinetic Elements is performing at the Latin Bazaar! Don’t miss this steamy duet. Come see some of the best dancers and choreographers in Toronto!

Opera House
735 Queen Street East
Doors open @ 9:30pm
Show time @ 10:00pm

Advance tickets: $15
Doors: $20
19+ event (ID REQUIRED)

Have you got your tickets?

 

8 Week Beginner Contemporary Classes

***NEW***

8 Week Beginner Contemporary Dance Sessions to start in March!

Kendra is offering a new session of beginner contemporary dance classes to start on Sunday March 14, 2010. Two levels are being offered this time:

3:00pm – 4:00pm Level 1: for those who have never dance before and have always wanted to! This class is for you!

4:00pm – 5:00pm Level 2: for those who used to dance, but it’s been awhile, or has been trained in other dance forms and wants to give contemporary dance a try!

Classes are held at George Brown College, Casa Loma campus 160 Kendal Ave. Studio TBA! Sundays March 14th to May 2nd.

Come learn contemporary dance in a fun and safe learning environment. We work on technique and learn a new combination every week!

***These are not drop in classes****

Only $80 for 8 weeks if you sign up before March 1st! After March 1st the price goes up to $100 for the 8 weeks, so don’t miss out! Sign up at kendra@kendrahughes.com. Please state which level you want to sign up for along with your information.

For more information you can visit www.kineticelementsdance.com

See you there!

Kendra Hughes

ASHIMA SURI
Ashima Suri is a dancer/choreographer/actor/writer and public speaker. Her journey into dance began at a very early age. She began her training in Indian classical dance and Bollywood dance which she performed in a variety of different stage shows across Toronto, the U.K and the Middle East.

Her interest in other forms of dance also began at an early age and she started to create and choreograph her own performances using hip hop and contemporary techniques.

In her late teens, she had fallen in-love with Contemporary dance after taking a series of classes in the Middle East. Her first big break was when she was chosen to be an Assistant Choreographer for the hit musical Grease.

She continued in this path and in university, participated and led dance groups into competitions across Ontario.

Ashima currently has her own dance group called Limitless Productions. It’s a group that strives on using performance as a way to not only entertain, but to break down barriers, inspire change and create community.

Most recently Ashima is thrilled to be dancing for Choreographer and Dancer, Kendra Hughes from Kinetic Elements.

Q&A

What would your perfect day consist of?  

Having a theme-like-party on a beach or some place hot and inviting all my friends and family! And treating them all to a spa day and other fabulous surprises

Why dance? 

I know that the moments where I wasn’t dancing , I felt like something was incomplete.  Dancing and choreography is like the food I eat — it is fuel for my soul!

Do you have a mentor?

I have been lucky to have many mentors in my life however, one that sticks out and someone who has been my biggest mentor is my professor from University.  He inspired me to be myself, to speak up and ask a lot of questions and fight for what I believe in ! 

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? 

Music !  I love music

What is one of your future aspirations?

To continue in the self-discovery journey and to make a difference in all that I do

Happy Holidays!

Kinetic Elements has had a busy first year already! Here is a recent video of our performance at Kitchener’s first ever Snow Ball. Kinetic Elements was invited to perform an excerpt of Antevasin. Keep checking in for news and events in 2010!