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Kaia Mienna

Portrait of the artist

About the Artist

Kaia Mienna is a dance artist from North Bay, Ontario/traditional Anishinabek territory. Kaia grew up dancing and choreographing competitively and commercially. She has been awarded at provincial and national competitions for both her choreography and dance works. Additionally, Kaia has toured in Spain, with the Performers Youth Dance Company, and has been invited to perform in Greece with the View Dance Challenge. She has also traveled to New York for a Broadway Dance Center scholarship. Kaia has recently completed the Contemporary Dance program at Concordia University and has graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA).

Kaia is currently based in Tiohti:áke/Montréal and has been working as a teacher/choreographer at H4L Dance Company. She has also had the opportunity to apprentice in rehearsal direction with Helen Simard and We All Fall Down (WAFD) creations. She worked on Papillon, presented in Fall 2022 and is now working with WAFD on Quand Je Ferme Mes Yeux, and Because You Never Asked.

A choreographer instructing a dancer in a theatre space Kaia Mienna & Kaia Portner in residency at MainLine. Photo be ASH KG

About the Residency Project

The project, “feminiality,” is a solo performance danced by Kaia Portner and choreographed by Kaia Mienna. The piece explores how bodies are read in dance spaces, with a specific focus on femininity and sensuality. “feminality,” works through preconceived notions about what femininity is, and what deconstructing femininity means, whilst considering how sensuality is often intertwined with feminine movement.

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Recognising the generous support

This initiative is made possible by the generous support of the Peter N. Thomson Family Innovation Fund.


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