September 27, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

suspending disbelief

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks / Kimberley Cooper

Co-presented with Springboard Performance (Calgary)

suspending disbelief is a series of shifting and morphing dance pieces created in and about this time of instability, when it feels like tectonic plates beneath our feet are constantly shifting, emotions are running high, dreams are strange. With one foot firmly rooted in rhythm, Kim feels compelled to dance forward with quirk, hope and bravery, asking her audience to join her in suspending their disbelief, as defined by Wikipedia “the intentional avoidance of critical thinking or logic in examining something surreal, such as a work of speculative fiction, in order to believe it for the sake of enjoyment.”


Choreographer Kimberley Cooper
Performers Scott Augustine, Cassandra Bowerman, Sabrina Comanescu, Jason Owin F. Galeos, Catherine Hayward, Kaja Irwin, Shayne Johnson, Natasha Korney
Composer-musicians Rubim de Toledo, Nick Fraser, Karimah, Jonathan McCaslin, Makaya McCraven, William Parker   
Karimah,  Rubim de Toledo, Jonathan McCaslin, Bob Tildesley, Carsten Rubeling, Raul Gomez Tabera, Nick Fraser, Lina Allemano, Dan Fortin, Yunjin Claire Lee, Patrick Smith, Makaya McCraven, Shabaka Hutchings, Tomeka Reid, Junius Paul, Jonathan McCaslin, Jeremy Gignoux, William Parker, Makaya McCraven, Brandee Younger, Joel Ross, Tomeka Reid, Dezron Douglas
Video concept, creation and projection Noel Bégin
Lighting design Brian MacNeil
Costumes Sarah Doucet
Visual artists Noel Bégin, Lisa Brawn, Juanita Dawn
Production manager Cameron Clowe
Rehearsal director Laura Kleiner
Stage manager Marcia Liber
Technical director Lauren Acheson
Head of sound Dan Freichs
Wardrobe Teigan Blondin, Arielle Bergeron
Dresser Arielle Bergeron
Full credits found here