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Experience four eclectic & provocative new dance works inspired by Asian ideas and created by six talented Canadian artists!

CanAsian Dance returns with its sixth iteration of KickStart, commissioning and challenging choreographers to develop a short work through an Asian idea, concept, or practice. Yui Ugai & Ashvini Sundaram face their respective embodied memories of severance and resilience in their piece home l a n d . Katherine Ng, in calm and dormant with strength and power; sinuous and flowing embraces the beauty that lies in her family’s history. Marbella Carlos in Walang Hiyacontrasts cultural expectations with the sex-positivity of burlesque, examining the complexities of living in the diaspora in a racialized body. Shion Skye Carter & Miya Turnbull create the multidisciplinary Omote (面), integrating hand-crafted papier-mâché masks to challenge traditional ideas of beauty, while reflecting on personal identity and mixed race heritage.

Enjoy this captivating, diverse, and thought-provoking mixed bill from these brilliant Canadian Asian artists!




Co-Presented by


and Festival Accès Asie

Édifice Wilder | Espace Vert

1435 Rue de Bleury

Saturday, May 6 2023 - 7 pm

Sunday, May 7 2023 - 4 pm

Monday, May 8 2023 - 7 pm +

Tuesday, May 9 2023 - 7 pm

+ = Includes Post-Show Artist Talk




Co-Presented by

CanAsian Dance

and TO Live

Meridian Arts Centre | Greenwin Theatre

5040 Yonge St


Friday May 12 2023 - 8 pm

Saturday May 13 2023 - 8 pm +

Sunday May 14 2023 - 2 pm * +

+ = Includes Post-Show Artist Talk

* = ASL Interpreted Performance

KickStart is commissioned by CanAsian Dance and is supported by TD Bank Group and the CanDance Network.

Photo of Marbella Carlos aka Joy Rider by Marisa Parisella, Photo of Katherine Ng by Marianne Duval, Yui Ugai with Paper Art by Christine Kim photo by Jani Autio, 

Photo of Ashvini Sundaram by Chris Randle, Photo of Shion Skye Carter by Akina Chan, Miya Turnbull with Masks by Miya Turnbull photo by Miya Turnbull 

Learn More about our 2023 KickStart Artists!

Shion Skye Carter (Vancouver) and Miya Turnbull (Halifax) working with Dramaturg Julie Tamiko Manning

Marbella Carlos aka Joy Rider (Montreal) working with Dramaturg Gerard X Reyes

Yui Ugai (Toronto) and Ashvini Sundaram (Vancouver) working with Dramaturg Anita LaSelva

Katherine Ng (Ottawa) working with Dramaturg Daniel Mroz 

Selection Committee

Gitanjali Kolanad

Artistic Associate

CanAsian Dance

Danah Rosales
Independent Dance Artist


Keiko Kitano Thomson
Independent Dance Artist


Laurane Van Branteghem

Curator & Programming Coordinator

Khosro Berahmandi

Artistic & Development Director

Festival Accès Asie

Gitanjali Kolanad

Artistic Associate (KickStart)

Ariana Shaw

Managing Director

Jasmine Au

Administrative Assistant

Jareth Li

Lighting Designer & Technical Director

Tara Mohan

Stage Manager

Nithya Garg

Post-Show Artist Talk Moderator


Sabrina Chang and Adele Lee

ASL Interpreters

KickStart Toronto Team

The KickStart program is supported by 

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