"I am inspired by the inherent and inevitable incompleteness of process. Driven by choreographic questions and philosophical curiosities, I strive to cultivate unique artistic situations that invite contemplation, spark imagination and foster meaningful interpersonal relationships".
Contemplating motivation and responsibility
Driven by personal questions and grounded in conversation and reading, this solo project is a process of dissecting assumptions, owning privilege, revisiting accountability, refining values and uncovering new lines of inquiry. My interest is in honouring the inherent impossibility of definitively “finding answers” by focusing my attention and effort on consistent reflection and revision, allowing new questions to emerge and priorities to shift. In concrete terms, I am embarking on this project to deepen my understanding on my role as an artist within the context of community; to lay a foundation of WHY I'm doing what I'm doing to support WHAT I'm doing and clarify HOW I'm doing it.
In November 2016, I performed Alone Together, a solo performance component of Contemplating motivation and responsibility at Our Three Voices (Stockholm, Sweden).
In April 2016, I taught a series of workshops at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts based on the research of this project.
In May 2017, I performed everything / anything / nothing, a solo performance component of Contemplating motivation and responsibility at the OnSite / InSight Festival (Winston Salem, USA).
In April 2018, I performed wither bloom, a solo performance component of Contemplating motivation and responsibility with music by Callahan Connor, at Dance Matters: Into the Fire (Toronto, Canada).
In January/February 2019, I will embark on a four week residency titled Talking with Strangers to continue this research and re-develop my solo material into a tour-able evening-length performance (in collaboration with three other choreographers as Outside Eyes) at Culture Mill (Saxapahaw, USA).
Supported in part by the Toronto Arts Council, with funding from the City of Toronto
Possibilities of Dialogue
A collaboration with New York-based dance artist Marielis Garcia, this multi-phase project is driven by the question: How can we facilitate an artistic dialogue that is responsive to and inclusive of the audience? The work of this project is to search for a way to interact and co-create with our audience and each other that doesn’t succumb to prescribed solutions that aim to generate a specific outcome. Instead, our interest lies in pursuing our curiosities and creative impulses with rigour and commitment while allowing the “conversation” to unfold in a way that is organic and emergent.
In May 2017, this project was conceived during a residency at Dance Initiative (Carbondale, USA) and Version 1.0 was created and performed. Our residency included two creative process workshops for the community.
In June 2017, Marielis and I reworked Version 1.0 to create Version 1.1 at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center (Tivoli, USA).
In October 2017, we created Version 2.0 through a residency supported by Inception to Exhibition and ArtsOnSite (New York, USA) and then performed Version 2.0 at six high schools through TOES FOR DANCE (Toronto, Canada). Marielis and I taught six masterclasses at the high schools in conjunction with our performances.
In April 2019, we will present a full-evening immersive and participatory performance experience, Version 3.0, at the Toronto Centre for the Arts Studio Theatre, co-produced by North York Arts and co-presented by DanceWorks and TOES FOR DANCE.
Tackling aboutness, a multi-component research and creation project that will take place via different collaborative choreographic processes between 2018 and 2021. As a philosophical term, “aboutness” is understood as the way a piece of text (or choreography) relates to a subject matter or topic. It is the answer to the question “What is this (choreography) about?”. This project takes a closer look at how meaning is generated through dance performance, outside the supporting elements (i.e. costumes, props, music). What can a movement be "about"? How is this "aboutness" sculpted through process and how does it emerge in performance?
Phase One is a collaborative creation process with Montreal-based dance artist Justin de Luna that deals with the aboutness of identity, memory and togetherness. The work, titled A Study on Collision and Empathy, is commissioned by the CanAsian Dance Festival, as part of their KickStart Program and is supported in part by the Toronto Arts Council.
In March 2018, we engaged in a two-week residency at the HopBopShop (Vancouver, Canada) while working with our mentor/dramaturg Lee Su-Feh.
In May 2018, Justin and I shared our work-in-progress at the Pulse Ontario Dance Conference at York University (Toronto, Canada).
In September 2018, A Study on Collision and Empathy will premiere at the Theatre Centre (Toronto, Canada) as part of CanAsian Dance's 2018 KickStart Festival with music by Victoria Cheong, costumes by Valerie Calam and lighting by Gabe Cropley.
RECENT CHOREOGRAPHic projects
- CanAsian Dance KickStart (Toronto)
- Canadian Contemp. Dance Theatre (Toronto)
- School of Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto)
- Victoria School of the Arts (Edmonton)
- Unionville High School (Markham)
- Point Park University (Pittsburgh)
- Pulse Conference (Ottawa)
- Lamondance (Vancouver)
- The Equus Projects (New York)
- Cawthra Park Secondary (Mississauga)
- Pulse Ontario Dance Conference (Toronto)
- Dance Matters (Toronto)
- OnSite/InSight Festival (Winston-Salem)
- Our Three Voices (Stockholm)
- STUFFED Judson Church (New York)
- Broadway Connection Beat (New York)
- FRESH BLOOD (Toronto)
- ITE Dance Festival (New York)
- Wave Rising Series (Brooklyn)
- Dumbo Dance Festival (Brooklyn)
- Steps on Broadway (New York)
- ArtPowersArusha (Arusha)
- Juilliard-in-Aiken Festival (Aiken)