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Side-by-side portraits of KINAJ duo and Chenise Mitchell KINAJ members Kin Nguien and AJ Velasco (photo by Axel Villamil) and Chenise Mitchell (photo by Rolando Argueta)

Pilot Episodes: Open Rehearsal with KINAJ and Chenise Mitchell

Friday April 28 at 4:15 - 5:30 p.m. ET
Free gathering | RSVP is required
Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester Street, Toronto ON (VIEW MAP)

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Curious about Pilot Episodes and the creative ideas and questions that spark during these residencies? Folks are invited to join us in the studios to get a glimpse of the artists working and to hear the choreographers KINAJ and Chenise Mitchell speak about what they have both been focusing on during their time at TDT.

As this is an informal open rehearsal, finished work will not be presented. These gatherings are great for those who are intrigued by the creative process seen in residencies and the artistic questions that arise, while learning more about each choreographer and their own practices and approaches. There will be an opportunity to join the dialogue and share reflections or questions from what you observed in the rehearsals.

About Pilot Episodes

Six choreographers will have their first experience collaborating with TDT company dancers as well as guest dancers in this third iteration of Pilot Episodes. An immersive residency series at TDT, each creator has one week to experiment in their practices, receive mentorship from Andrew Tay, and take artistic risks in the studio without any pressure of producing a finished work. Learn more


Portrait of Kin Nguien and AJ Velasco, the artists of KINAJ collective Photo by Axel Villamil


KINAJ is a cross-genre dance collective created and led by Kin Nguien and AJ Velasco. Since 2020, KINAJ’s mission has been to bridge gaps between various art disciplines such as dance, film, photography and music through the art of collaboration and knowledge exchange. They create cross-genre dance work that fuses street styles and contemporary dance with improvisation and partnering techniques. Guided by storytelling, they continue to challenge the status quo with their witty and relatable performance while speaking on various social issues pertinent to the present times.

Instagram: @kinaj.co

Portrait of Chenise Mitchell Photo by Rolando Argueta

Chenise Mitchell

Chenise Mitchell is a Jazzer; a performing artist driven by rhythm and social connection. With 17 years of professional experience, Chenise has toured Turtle Island, appeared in commercials, concerts, music videos, and created and collaborated for festivals, musicals and plays. For Chenise, Jazz is joy, healing, connection and belonging. Chenise is passionate about emphasizing the revolutionary nature and Black origins of Jazz and this rhythm and connection is infused in her education, creation and performances.

Instagram: @spinalrhythmjazz

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