Sarah is an 11-minute dance based on the unknown destiny of the woman married to Allen Kaeja’s father (Maurycy Nossal) prior to WWII. We found out many years later her name was actually Berzia. After they were sent off to different concentration camps, she was not seen again. Karen and Allen often wondered how she endured the separation, and how her instinct for survival affected her appearance, her demeanour and her direction. How did she face her will to survive, her premonitions of war and a loss of loved ones?
Sarah first premiered in 1994 in fFIDA (fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists) and is now part of the Kaeja d’Dance repertoire. Sarah has been performed across Canada and was made into a short film in 1999.
“I was moved by SARAH… the work is kinetically haunted by undercurrents of deep sorrow and loss.” eye weekly
“Sarah was beautifully performed by Karen…a dance of defiance in the face of the holocaust.”
Dance International Magazine