Situations will premiere at l'Agora de la danse in Montreal, September 2015.
Situations explores how
men occupy the spaces they create and how they interact with space and each
other. Through dance and physical engagement, this sextet activates modes of masculine togetherness that open a dialogue
on gender, responsibility, and power in a global context.
As the plurality of the title suggests, the
inspiration for Situations is many fold. As well as the focus on male creation
and occupation of space, this work comes from an interest in addressing the act
of performance as the convergence of a new situation each time it is performed.
The piece is also inspired by Stamos’ interest in The Situationist
International, a European avant-garde group of politically minded artists that
existed mostly in France and Belgium from 1957-1972. The Situationist
International advocated alternatives to capitalism and experimented with the
“construction of situations,” as art happenings.
the process of creating Situations, Stamos approaches choreography as a somatic
blueprint for movement architecture that must be continually rebuilt from one moment to the next through tasks, choice, posture, series of
movements, and gesture. This process is also focused on defining what aspects
of maleness contribute to a collective process spread out through various cites
at various times?
While it is performed a sextet, an international
extended “family” of male dancers (9 in Canada and 6 in the U.S. thus far) have collaborate in the creation of this project. Various
combinations of these men along with local guest performers may also perform in future trio, quartet, quintet,
and larger group variations of the work.
Minneapolis-based composer, dancer and composer Ryan Dean performs as a dancer and musician in Situations. Dean’s strengths in visual art, dance and music comprise a trifecta of complimentary art forms from which he draws his unique inspirations. Ryan occasionally DJ's at music venues and has composed numerous pieces for his own and others' choreographic works using found sounds, metals, electronics, live vocalization, and turntables.
The Situations process has received support from The Canada Council For the Arts, The McKnight Foundation, l'Agora de la danse and le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.