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June 15–18, 2022
8pm @ The Citadel
TICKETS: $25.00 Get Tickets
World Premiere

Bright Nights Presents

Choreographed by Emma Kerson

Hanging in the balance of me versus we, themselves weaves amongst four individuals in search of place and connection while asking the question, “can my skin be permeable to my own self?” A play of subverted expectations and redefined relationships to time and space, themselves revels in the magnitude of subtleties, building a world of grounded magic, sensitivities, absurdities, and everyday affects.

Approximate run time is 60 minutes.

Meet the Artists

Photo of Emma Kerson

Emma Kerson


Emma Kerson (she/her) is a dancer and choreographer drawn to making as a means to question assumptions. She has worked as a researching choreographer through opportunities with adelheid, Mocean Dance, MOonhORsE Dance Theatre, the National Ballet of Canada, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, and Shawbrook Dance (Ireland).

Her work has been commissioned by Blue Ceiling Dance and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and she is currently developing a collaboration with Jane-Alison McKinney, hard wire. As a dancer she has worked with Julia Aplin, Patricia Beatty, Elizabeth Chitty, Jennifer Dallas, Robert Desrosiers, David Earle, Sylvain Émard, Michael Sean Marye, Sharon Moore, Peter Randazzo, Simon Renaud, and Lucy Rupert amongst others. In 2017 she co-produced and performed in Blue Valentine with works by Simon Renaud and Tedd Robinson. Emma grew up in Halifax, is a graduate of Dalhousie University, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and she recently completed her MA at the University of Toronto.

Show Credits

Choreographer: Emma Kerson with the dancers
Performers: Rhonda Baker, Drew Berry, Molly Johnson, Sierra Chin Sawdy
Outside Eye: Susie Burpee

themselves has been made possible through generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Mocean Dance, adelheid, MOonhORsE Dance Theatre, Peggy Baker Dance Projects + Canada’s National Ballet School, The National Ballet of Canada’s CreativAction Programme, Lindy Green + Sam Chaiton, and Citadel + Compagnie.

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