Don’t miss this show of dance performances on the King’s Theatre stage with award winning dancers Meredith Kalaman, Sara Coffin + Amelia McGrath



the sea of my tomorrows

Performers: Meredith Kalaman, Sara Coffin + Amelia McGrath
Choreography: Meredith Kalaman
Light + Sound: Brian Riley 
(+ Al Bowlly, Sidney Bechet, Scott Joplin, Frank Sinatra)
Voice/Poetry: Gabby Bernard
Videography/Film: Zeus
Dramaturge/Mentor: Raïna von Waldenburg


Celebrating King’s Theatre’s Centennial Year is a special solo performance by renowned dancer Meredith Kalaman
What does a performer without an audience do? This has been the central theme of a work that was initially devised to reference the magic of past entertainers that have graced the stage. Now in a time when the entertainers role seems in question, yet more necessary than ever before, looking back to past entertainers who brought relief to their audiences through escapism and humor becomes a whole new exploration for the role of art as relief.
the sea of my tomorrows
A new work in progress graciously supported by the Dancing on the Edge Festivals Covid Commission Grant and the King’s Theatre. The sea of my tomorrows is a new contemporary dance piece created with dancers from the Pacific Coast and Atlantic Coast, taking its inspiration from these distant seascapes coming together to narrate an onerous journey across the water. This piece is ignited by the body’s capacity to hold and translate memories through water and the emotional and psychological role water plays in our lives.


*Seats have are been marked to accommodate physical distancing of 6 feet. Face masks are required. Cloth masks are available by donation at King’s Theatre. Thank you!

Thank you to our partner

Meredith Kalaman is a two time Chrystal Dance Prize recipient, dance educator and enjoys both dancing in other artists work and creating her own. She has created pieces about; giraffes, girl guiding, exploring constellations, superheroes, female identity and the impacts of gender socialization. Choreographers that have left a particular influence on her include; John Ottmann, Noam Gagnon, Farley Johansson, Karen Jamieson, Peggy Baker, Judith Marcuse, Judith Garay, Julie Lebel and Kate Franklin. Her first full length work Femme Fatales toured to Victoria, Edmonton and and was presented at Ufertstudios in Berlin in 2017. Presentation highlights including sharing the stage with the Good Women Dance Collective, Dance in Vancouver 2017, Dancing on the Edge and New Works.  Meredith is a graduate of the Ballet BC Mentor Program. Most recently she has been training with Raïna von Waldenburg in I AM ONE WHO which is based on the work of Jerzy Grotowski. She is interested in shifting the context of how ballet relates to our 21st century bodies and inviting bodies to be in dynamic movement. Her company credits include: MovEnt, Judith Marcuse Projects, Dancers Dancing, Joe Ink and Foolish Productions. She has commissioned works from Noam Gagnon, Farley Johannson and John Ottmann and created two dancer theatre solos with Sophie Yendole. Meredith is thankful to be and artist who grew up in Vancouver on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. She is now grateful to reside on the land of the Mi’kma’ki in Nova Scotia. 

Sara Coffin is an independent dance artist, dance educator and Co-Artistic Director of Mocean Dance. She holds a MFA in Choreography (Smith College, USA), BFA in Dance (Simon Fraser University, BC) and Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Dalhousie University, NS).  An award winning dance artist and choreographer, most recently the NS Established Artist Award, Coffin has created over 30 dance works. Her choreography has been presented in many prominent Canadian dance festivals and in the United States.  Coffin’s research interests include interdisciplinary collaboration, technology as an extension of the body, contact improvisation, and the poetic junction between vulnerability, resiliency and courage. Her newest work Wild Within premiered with Mocean Dance late fall 2019. As a dance educator, Coffin has been a visiting lecturer regularly at Holland College (PEI), Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Halifax), Universidad Rafael Landívar (Guatemala City), and she held an Adjunct Faculty position at the five-college consortium in Massachusetts teaching at Smith College and Hampshire College (2012-14).


Amelia McGrath is a dancer from Halifax Nova Scotia. She has been training at Halifax dance her whole life up until last year when she studied a year of a dance at Concordia in Montréal. She returned home in March due to the pandemic and has continued training at Halifax dance since her return. Amelia has previously performed as an apprentice with Votive, and is currently working with a few local artists on some upcoming projects. 

Brian Riley is a Halifax-based award-winning designer and composer for theatre and dance. His practice involves community-based arts and puppetry, often in large scale. He has done residencies in rural communities and urban institutions and created youth programs including Spiral Studio Lab(2012-16), Project Sing!(2011), Telling Truths (2012), and Rock Cafe(2010). Award-winning technologist, composer, violist, and laptop artist Stefan Smulovitz has performed with leading improvisers around the world and created more than 50 live film scores. Recently Stefan travelled to Bhutan to collect sounds and create a score for the award-winning documentary “Power of the River”. He currently teaches at Simon Fraser University and Capilano University.

Gabby Bernard is an Alberta based actor, and graduate of both the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting and MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts programs. Some previous stage credits include A Christmas Carol (Carter-Ryan Productions), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (SBTB/Theatre Calgary), The Giver (StoryBook Theatre),  The Unsyncables (Dammitammy Productions), 3 Mysterious Women (StageLab) and Doll House (Studio Theatre). As an artist, Gabby is especially invested and interested in creation of new work: she wrote and performed NUKE at the Thousand Faces Festival in 2019, and is co-creator of Lady Be Good, a series of satirical feminist skits, performed at Play the Fool, NextFest and Odd Wednesday in Edmonton.


Raïna von Waldenburg recently moved to Vancouver after having been full-time faculty at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she taught a physical approach to acting based on the work of Jerzy Grotowski at the Experimental Theatre Wing for 17 years. Since 2012 she has been faculty at Simon Fraser University, University of the Fraser Valley, and the Art Institute of Vancouver. Raïna received her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College, and her BFA in acting from New York University where she trained under Stephen Wangh, and Grotowski’s principal actor and protégée Ryszard Cieslak. She served as research assistant and editor for Stephen Wangh’s book An Acrobat of the Heart: A physical approach to acting inspired by the work of Jerzy Grotowski.For 30 years Raïna has been writing, directing, performing, mentoring, and teaching workshops in embodied performance, presence work, and devising. In 2000 Raïna founded the Center for Embodied Performance where she produces/co-produces her original theatrical works and workshops. In Canada, the Center for Embodied Performance and Blue Egg produce Grotowski-based intensives (ALIVE BODY, Grotowski Praxis, and East Meets West) that include Master Teachers Stephen Wangh, Linda Putnam, David MacMurray Smith, Claire Fogal, Gabriella Minnes-Brandes, and Wendy Vanden Heuvel. Currently a mentor for emerging dancers at the Scotia Dance Centre’s Mentorship Program, and a facilitator for the 12 Minutes Max 2019/2020 season, Raïna has worked with numerous artists in the development of original material and research projects. She has worked as a mentor/devisor/coach with theatre, dance, and film companies such as O.Dela Arts (Vancouver), Biting School (Vancouver), The Assembly (Vancouver); Company Link (Winnipeg); New (to) Town Collective (Vancouver); James and Jamesy (Vancouver); Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret (Vancouver); Telluride Theatre (Telluride); Working Classroom (Albequerque); InterACT – Werkstatt für Theatre und Soziokultur (Graz); Bali Conservatory (Bali); Shoe String Productions (Syracuse); Actors Without Borders (NYC); Full Moon Films — Split (NYC); Kaid Media — We Are the Hartmans (NYC); and Broadway’s Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy (NYC).


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