Cloud 9 promotes accomplished Canadian dance artists who continue to contribute as leaders in the artform. Founders and co-artistic directors Sylvie Bouchard, Karen Kaeja and Claudia Moore joined forces in 2010 to address a void in the Canadian dance scene by forming an ensemble of senior dance artists. Throughout their long and distinguished careers, they have founded MOonhORsE Dance Theatre, Older & Reckless, CORPUS, Dusk Dances, Kaeja d'Dance and Porch View Dances. With Cloud 9, they commission acclaimed choreographers for dancers over 45 years old, to perform masterful dance works on the world stage.


Cloud 9 Second Season, May 2017

In 2014, Cloud 9 became a division of MOonhORsE Dance Theatre led by co- artistic directors Karen Kaeja and Claudia Moore. Cloud 9 returned as part of MOonhORsE Dance Theatre’s 20th anniversary season with two dynamic creations by Lina Cruz and DA Hoskins for 5 of Canada’s most revered older dancers- Louise Bédard (Quebec), Karen Kaeja, Larry Hahn, Claudia Moore and Robert Regala. The performances took place at The Theatre Centre, in rep with Kaeja d’Dance and as part of The Theatre Centre’s Dance Card.

Lina Cruz's Room #7, for legendary performers Louise Bédard (Quebec), Karen Kaeja and Claudia Moore, was a territorial trio, revealing the dancers as unusual heroines claiming the right to their small chaotic world. They were accompanied by their stage-confidant, musician-performer Philippe Noireaut. Room #7 premiered at the 2016 Canada Dance Festival.

DA Hoskins created a potent reflection of the self, personally and collectively, in Bird Nesting in Fingers in Bloom. Powerful and poetic, Hoskins’ quartet for performers Larry Hahn, Karen Kaeja, Claudia Moore and Robert Regala was a wordless collision of experience that bound the players in a sharing of understanding, rendering the illuminations of the self, tactile.

Robert Regala, Karen Kaeja, Larry Hahn and Claudia Moore in DA Hoskins' Bird Nesting in Fingers in Bloom. Photo by John Lauener.

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Claudia Moore, Louise Bédard and Karen Kaeja in Lina Cruz's Room #7. Photo by John Lauener.

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Claudia Moore, Louise Bédard and Karen Kaeja in Lina Cruz's Room #7. Photo by John Lauener.

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Toronto Star Top Ticket

By Carly Maga, Toronto Star

Sunday May 7, 2017

Cloud 9 at Dusk Dances, August 2015

In 2013, Sylvie Bouchard, founder and artistic director of Dusk Dances, expanded her festival in Toronto by offering a longer, more evolved work. Cloud 9’s Disconcertante was chosen to be performed evenings only, after the regular performance had finished. Disconcertante was adapted for its new setting in Withrow Park and was performed by the original cast with the exception of Linnea Swan who performed the role created by Bouchard.

Ron Stewart, Claudia Moore and Linnea Swan

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Graham Mckelvie, Linnea Swan, Ron Steward, Karen Kaeja, Claudia Moore

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Graham Mckelvie and Karen Kaeja

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Cloud 9 Inaugural Performances, June 2013

In its inaugural season, Cloud 9, in partnership with the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, presented two world premieres by award-winning choreographers Susie Burpee and Tedd Robinson in June 2013. The works were performed in the Tank House Theatre by Cloud 9 founders Sylvie Bouchard, Karen Kaeja and Claudia Moore with guest artists Michael Sean Marye and Ron Stewart. Susie Burpee created This Time Past, a 25-minute trio for Sylvie, Karen and Claudia to Bach suites played live by cellist Carina Reeves. Tedd Robinson's Disconcertante was a 30-minute work to the music of Chopin featuring all 5 performers.

Claudia Moore, Ron Stewart, Michael Sean Marye, Karen Kaeja and Sylvie Bouchard

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Karen Kaeja, Claudia Moore, Sylvie Bouchard

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