ContextSpeaks: Karen Kain
ContextSpeaks is a series of public talks with prominent choreographers and dancers about art, career, and life. This year the festival is delighted to start ContextSpeaks program with public talk with Karen Kain, a driving force and a household name in her native Canada.
Karen Kain became a Principal Dancer in 1971 at the National Ballet of Canada and was shortly thereafter singled out as a protégé and partner of the legendary dancer Rudolf Nureyev. During her long and illustrious career as a Principal Dancer Karen Kain danced every leading role in the classical canon and constantly challenged herself with exciting new work from the world’s leading contemporary choreographers, many of whom created roles for her. She has been a guest artist with major companies around the world: the Bolshoi, London Festival Ballet, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Vienna, Paris Opera Ballets and later in her career Nederlands Dans Theater 3, Jiri Kylian’s company for dancers over 40. As a dancer, she was known for her exquisite dancing and the emotional depth and dramatic nuance she brought to all her roles.