Eddie Kastrau, a dancer with the Danny Grossman Dance Company since 1986, has been a creative muse for many of Grossman’s original roles. Besides dancing in over 40 of Grossman’s works, he has performed other modern masterworks, including Paul Taylor’s Aureole, The Beloved by Lester Horton, Anna Sokolow’s Rooms, Charles Weidman’s Lynchtown, and Canadian classics by David Earle, Patricia Beatty, Peter Randazzo, Robert Derosiers, Paula Ross and others. Mr. Kastrau has also danced independently for numerous choreographers in Canada and abroad including David Earle, Patricia Beatty, Nenagh Leigh, Menaka Thakkar, Janak Khendry, Rina Singha, Bill James, Michelle Silagy, Terrill Maguire, Randy Glynn, Andrea Nann, Claudia Moore, Joan Phillips, D. A. Hoskins, Newton Morales and Lawrence Gradus.
Besides touring internationally with the Danny Grossman Dance Company from 1986 to 2013, other tours include Germany with Newton Morales, China and Mongolia with Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, South Africa, the Middle East and India with the Janak Khendry Dance Company and Eastern and Western Canadian tours with the Menaka Thakkar Dance Company. In 2010 Eddie spent 3 months in New York setting 3 of Grossman’s works on Adelphi University, culminating in a full evening: Tribute to Danny Grossman, and has been teaching and performing Grossman works at the New York State Summer School of the Arts for the past 13 years. He recently danced a new Grossman work in the Toronto Heritage Dance presentation, collaborated with Andrea Nann and the Flying Bulgars to present a multi-discipline, multi-media presentation called Tumbling into Light and danced in Janak Khendry’s latest production: Paradise Lost.
Mr. Kastrau is a strong advocate for dance preservation and created computer software to digitally store the rich heritage of dance companies. His Performance History Database is used by numerous dance companies throughout North America. Mr. Kastrau has also been actively involved in the Grossman preservation project, documenting the choreography, intent, staging, costumes, and history for ten of the major works of Danny Grossman. This material is at the forefront of the Grossman Institute, which licenses and teaches the works of Danny Grossman.
Eddie is also a very gifted computer technician, having graduated from Mohawk College from the Industrial Electrician Program with honours, specializing in computer control systems. He also completed the three year Hamilton Industrial Training Program in Electronic Control Systems specializing in robotics. He worked for FH Welding in Rexdale, Ontario for 3 years, with a focus on robotic control systems for assembly line procedures. He started his own software company, PHD Software and began writing custom software programs for numerous organizations, as well as computer support services. Eddie likes to give back to the arts which so richly enhanced his life, and is the IT specialist for many arts organizations including: Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, Continuum Contemporary Music, Creative Trust, Dance Collection Danse, Dance Umbrella of Ontario, Dancemakers, Danny Grossman Dance Company, Janak Khendry Dance Company, Menaka Thakkar Dance Company, Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, Pleiades Theatre, TAPA (Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts), Theatre Direct Canada and Toronto Dance Theatre, to name a few. Recently he has kept busy with the project of simulcasting performances and distance learning over the internet with the Menaka Thakkar Dance Company and Nrtyakala Indian Dance School.