Karen Peterson and Dancers, back from The “Off Frame Festival” in Belgrade, Serbia will showcase excerpts from “Grit””Dance (4) 8” and the popular duet “Heaven” in a moving performance of live music and dance at the Pinecrest Gardens

 Join the ten members of KPD in a beautiful evening of live music and dance at the Pinecrest Gardens.

Karen Peterson and Dancers, recently returned from their performance at The Off Frame Festival in Belgrade, Serbia, invite Miami audience to catch excerpts from new and old repertory presented at the beautiful Banyan Bowl amphitheater at Pinecrest Gardens February 1 and 2 at 7:00PM.  

“GRIT” is an exploration of force, explosion, strength, collision and extreme physicality between dancers who use and do not use (wheel) chairs. The premise of “GRIT” was to create a new vocabulary for KPD unlike past choreographies and use the metaphysical and emotional idea of personal grit to create movement. The dancers shared their personal stories of endurance, determination, perseverance, bravery and fortitude prior to each rehearsal.

“DANCE (4) 8” with live music by Temporal Anomaly” Featuring Vicki Richards (violin) Robert Thomas Jr. (percussion and beats) is performed in front and behind two 8 by10 foot white boxes that capture the shadows of the dancers as they move in and out of video.

“HEAVEN” the intimate duet choreographed by Karen Peterson will be danced by Dwayne Scheuneman and Marion Baldeon from the Revolutions Dance Company based in Tampa. The work has been many times at the Hillsborough Community College Mainstage since 2005.

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Tickets available at door * $10 (students, seniors)  – $15 (general – includes Sunday reception)

Website for tickets and information. Complete Ticket Solutions at 877-496-8499

 Karen Peterson and Dancers (KPD) was founded in 1990 in Miami as a not-for-profit dance organization, and commissions and produces the work of dance artists with and without disabilities (performing together in an integrated scope), through its quality-based programs and educational workshops. Dancers with and without disabilities create and perform mixed-abilities dance as an inclusive art form on a year-round basis. The company will tour this year throughout Florida, in Europe, and in Latin America.

KPD is the only full-time, mixed-abilities dance company in the Southeast that educates and entertains year-round, boasting a stellar history of commitment to integrated dance and renowned artistic integrity.

The KPD dancers collaborate, research and integrate their personal movement styles and discover an innovative dance language for choreography. The troupe provides a positive role model for the disability community and offers new visual inspiration for traditional dance audiences.

“I will continue to create dances from my gut source, celebrating our vision for all-inclusive dance in America,” said Peterson, “so that dancers of all abilities – and all who love the art form – can join us to experience our passion and our inspiration for dance.”

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