Acclaimed Physically Integrated Dance Company Returns to the Limelight February 18-19, 2022 at Miami-Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black Box
MIAMI (December 21, 2021) — Miami’s own groundbreaking physically integrated dance pioneer, Karen Peterson and Dancers (KPD) returns to the stage to present “SAMSARA” at Miami-Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black Box on February 18 and 19, 2022 at 8 p.m.
SAMSARA Company (Photo by Lisa Nalven)
With over 30 years of performance celebrated worldwide, Karen Peterson Dancers (KPD) is one of the foremost mixed-ability dance companies in the United States. Artistic Director Karen Peterson-Corash presents her latest multimedia performance piece casting professional dancers with and without disabilities onto the same stage, developing dance work for both trained and untrained dancers alike. “Movement is the unifying tool that brings us together,” says Peterson-Corash, leader of her namesake ensemble.
Backlit by powerful film to support the live performance, SAMSARA marks the fifth dance video collaboration KPD developed together with Miami multidisciplinary visual artist, Maria Lino. The full-length work explores vulnerable themes of disability, family dynamics and generational lineage in their movement narrative. The title derives from the Sanskrit/Pali word meaning the “cyclicality of all life, matter, existence”. Samsara is the cycle of death and rebirth to which life in the material world is bound. The piece traces the life journey of many dance artists in the KPD Company; the cast profoundly relating to the messaging in this work. “Many times, I’ve wished for an instruction manual for life, but losing my physicality and recently losing a parent have initiated deep learning experiences for me, and now this piece gives an opportunity to express a fraction of that”, cast member Shawn Buller says.
Sun Young Park & Adam Eckstat (Photo by Lisa Nalven)
Choreographed by Peterson-Corash with movement inspiration coming from the dancers themselves, the cast includes 8 dancers and 3 children, including Penelope Huerta, Barny Espinal, Sun Young Park, Adam Eckstat, Marjorie Burnett, Lisa Sandelin, Shawn Buller, Monica Lynne, Sara Sofia Vasquez Huerta (age 2), Eleah Espinal (age 6) and Julissa Espinal (age 2). The program also features a multimedia solo by choreographer by Marc Brew, performed by Jesus Vidal. Called “Remember When,” this intimate performance was re-staged for the Forward Motion Three Festival with a prelude screening of a short dance film behind the performer exploring the idea of perception – looking from past to present.