In 2012, Montréal dance artist and teacher George Stamos became a resident choreographer at L’Agora de la danse. He also danced with Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata, taught at the Contemporary Dance Department of Concordia, and premiered two works, Husk and Liklik Pik. He recently received the 2013 Northrop McKnight Fellowship Award from the University of Minnesota.
Rhodnie Désir, a Montréal-based contemporary dance artist, has embarked on a multi-year, multinational project that investigates the local expressions of a shared African diasporic culture. George Stamos profiles an artist trying to make connections across borders.
Over the past several years, Québéc City-based choreographer Alan Lake has gained attention locally and nationally for his extraordinary multidisciplinary creations. With his new hour-long quartet Ravages, a surrealistic investigation into bodies encountering natural disaster, Lake brings his work to Montréal’s Place des Arts for the first time and probably not the last.Posted April 29, 2015
Time flies during American choreographer and dancer Meg Stuart’s masterfully crafted two-hour-long Built to Last. It’s a sophisticated piece crossing boundaries between theatre, dance and performance art. Travelling through time as movement aesthetics shift across eras, and swinging between everyday attitudes and extravagant fantasylands where abstract dance sections are executed with precision, but formality dissolves into moments of humour and vulnerability.Posted June 9, 2014
It’s been said that placing classical music in a performance will bring it instant cultural value. It’s a device often used in dance and performance milieus. However, in contemporary dance it can be a problematic choice, as the work will undoubtedly inherit the cultural context of the classical reference and challenge the contemporaneity of the dance.Posted June 2, 2014
More shows reviewed from The Festival of New Dance in St. John’s, Newfoundland.Posted November 15, 2013
From the centuries of oppression that led to apartheid, to Stephen Biko’s slogan “black is beautiful,” South African “beauty” is a complex topic.Posted May 30, 2013
Writer, performer and choreographer George Stamos explores creative approaches that combine set parameters with spontaneous choice.Posted April 24, 2013
With her new creation, Pleasure Dome, Karine Denault creates an intimate space to reflect on the idea of pleasure as escapism. Her intention to flip expectations is revealed right from the start.Posted March 23, 2013