Mortal Rituals with Amanda Acorn
January 11th– 15th, 2016
Dancemakers Centre for Creation , 10am-12pm
$50/week or $12 to drop-in, email firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-register
Please note our prices include HST.
A morning practice for the dance artist that engages with the practical, the magical and the imaginary. Using the bodies we have TODAY we will explore methods for opening both physically and metaphorically. Simultaneously employing and questioning contemporary technique, improvisation, durational tasks and both real and imagined healing practices to cultivate an expanded physical and energetic body.
Born and raised in Calgary and now based in Toronto, Amanda Acorn is a performer, choreographer and teacher. A bright, new choreographic voice in the Toronto scene, Acorn’s works are intimate, sensorial encounters that pose questions about the watching and performing body. Inhabiting both traditional and non-traditional spaces, this provocation and questioning of the witnessing and performing corpus is central to her work.
A company artist and collaborator with Dancemakers for four seasons under the artistic direction of Michael Trent, Acorn’s values around making were deeply informed and influenced by the collaborative framework and the company artists she worked with throughout this time. As an independent dancer, she has performed and developed works with Susie Burpee, Helen Husak, Benjamin Kamino, Isabel Lewis, Dana Michel, Lady Janitor/Eroca Nicols, Lemi Ponifasio, Andrea Spaziani and Heidi Strauss, among others.
After a collection of collaborative projects, Acorn’s first solo work you/me/us (prologue) premiered at Dancemakers in 2013. This work explored intimacy, participation and a shifting relationship to watching and has been performed on stages, and in galleries, meeting rooms and loft spaces across Canada. multiform, a solo created for the theatre in 2014 was generated through questioning the possibilities of the body as abstract and inspired by the work and writing of Mark Rothko. Rigorous, poetic and mesmerizing the work was performed in Toronto and Calgary. The solo was developed into a work for five performers and two live musicians and premiered at the 2015 SummerWorks Performance Festival to critical acclaim, and Acorn was awarded the SummerWorks Award for Direction. multiform(s) is her first full-length work.
A passionate advocate for the status of the artist, Acorn is the co-founder of the grass roots organization, the Toronto Dance Community Love-In and is a member of the board of directors for the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists – Ontario Chapter. https://aacorn.wordpress.com/
photo by Tim Nygen