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Q&A with Nath Keo about Harem

Artistic Director & Choreographer Nath Keo answers some questions about the new show.

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Q.
What’s the inspiration behind this new show?
Nath.
When our last show, Samsara, wrapped I wanted to take a break from serious and dramatic pieces and explore a more playful and fun approach to dance. The diversity of the Sacred Centre members also gave me idea to prepare a showcase of multiple styles that represent dances inspired by many cultures. Each show we’ve done in the past has always had one central theme, an emotional journey in dance. I am fortunate to work with a team of very strong, intelligent, courageous and sensuous women. And as the only male dancer in the show, I am truly outnumbered. As I worked on this show with them, the choreography naturally developed into this idea of a tribe of women taking over.
Q.
Has the process, rehearsal and production work been any different this time around?
Nath.
Yes and no. The rehearsal run for this show is significantly shorter than we were afforded with Samsara. We are also working with fewer dancers. Where in the past, a majority of my choreographies were realized from inception, this time around  a few key pieces took on lives of their own!
Q.
What are you most excited about?
Nath.
I simply cannot wait to “unveil” this new body of work we’ve been crafting over the last year. Sacred Centre Dance does not perform often. And when we present a new show, it is always brand new material. I’m also very excited about some of the new looks we will be debuting. Daisy Hieland of Turquoise Pearl has been a longtime contributor of design and costumes for the company and for this round, has really taken it to a whole new level.  Daisy worked directly with each dancer to design individual costumes that will worn in a few of our new sets. It’s a great opportunity to highlight and embrace the diversity of the company dancers.
Q.
I hear there is another belly dance show happening the same night as your opening?
Nath.
Yes, there is. It is never my intention to plan my events at the same time as any other community offerings.  I myself would love to go see the other show. But the level of dedication and time commitment for each of my projects require me to plan and book venues a year or more in advanced.
Q.
When and where? How do we get in on this?
Nath.
Harem opens on November 28th at the McPherson Playhouse, and we will be presenting the show in Prince George later this year as well. Tickets are available through the Royal & McPherson box office and there are student and senior rate tickets available as well.
Photo Cred: Shari Nakagawa

Photo Cred: Shari Nakagawa

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