New cabaret explores unknown geographies

Monday Magazine's dance aficionado Monique Salez talks Dream Cab

“Suddenly, I am of a single mind extended across an unknown geography” – Jami Seiber



These opening lines uttered by the performers of The Dream Cab’s forthcoming production Lustrare, are 23 local, non-professional dancers truly exploring uncharted waters.

Your local chefs, lawyers, government administrators, small business owners, barbers and many others, have been hiking up their dancing tights and lacing up their dance shoes since October rehearsing to concoct a heady brew of dance theatre fusion. The inclusive nature of cabaret provides an ideal container which allows for each performer to offer a glimpse of their rare magic.

This is about a community carving out time, childcare and precious brain power to memorize and embody the unfolding cabaret dreamscape. This is about sweat; 5-6-7-8 count-in’s; entrances and exits; about “point that toe” and “dip that hip”; about making yourself bigger, stomping louder and standing taller. Most importantly, this is about process, where a new community leaves their well carved identity at the studio door and elects to try on a new skin by digging deep to embody a gesture or express a character outside of their normal 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. existence. So come one, come all. Come dreamers, come dancers, come lovers of art and bring your reluctant significant other because there absolutely is something for everyone in The Dream Cab and who knows, you might be surprised to see your neighbour strutting their stuff and sharing their magic.

Warning: adult themed content and language, viewer discretion advised.

– Monique is the owner and artistic director with Raino Dance.


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