Montréal based George Stamos is a versatile artist and educator who has trained extensively in a diverse range of western contemporary / postmodern dance practices and specific Central African dance techniques. He has taught numerous independent workshops and classes at L'Université du Québec à Montréal and Concordia University. His specialization in teaching lies in the co-ordination of somatic exercises, structured improvisation and rhythm.

George is also known for creating performance that is physically dynamic, witty and queer. Over the past fifteen years he has produced work regularly in Montreal and toured across North America. George has also danced with many prominent choreographers including Benoit Lachambre, Sara Shelton Mann and Zab Maboungou. 

In his formative years Stamos was a go-go dancer in Toronto, London, Amsterdam and NYC and he is a 1993 graduate of Amsterdam’s School for New Dance Development. Articles and reviews written by Stamos have been published online and in print by Canada’s leading dance magazine The Dance Current.


         recurrent measures

Recurrent Measures is a performance / installation piece featuring durational spinning and polyrhythmic gestures. The sustained cycles of Recurrent Measures evoke determination, resistance and effort, important things to encourage and foster in public, given the current political climate worldwide. The performance will appear in solo, duo, trio and quartet formations, oscillating between meditation and play. Recurrent Measures investigates how measurements of time and movement can be continually renewed, relived, not merle repeated. In addition to the altered perceptions cyclical movement can conjure the work highlights the power of optimistic persistence.



                    situations

Situations stimulates a dialog about how gender identity is embodied and performed in daily life. Situations is an acknowledgement of the matrix of binary heteronormative thinking, male privilege and an exploration of ways by which this privilege and thinking could be reconfigured. Increasingly, we live in a world where binary ideas about gender no longer make sense. We continue to be told simple stories about fundamental differences between men and women and contrasting stories about how progress towards gender equality is happening. These stories are increasingly unconvincing and hollow. Situations premiered at l'Agora de la danse in Montreal, October 2015. Situations 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.



    nunounenon   


With the word “no” as a point of departure Nunounenon is inspired by Yvonne Rainer’s 1965 No Manifesto, feminism and marching bands. With wit and humour the collaborators (dancers Gabrielle Surprenant-Lacasse and Anouk Thériault, composer Jackie Gallant and choreographer George Stamos) explore ways feminism inform how the female body is presented in contemporary dance.

By turning clichés inside out Nunounenon reveals the absurdity of hyper-sexualized bodies and discrepancies between idealism and reality. The duo looks at how the word "no" is embodied. Nunounenon affirms an intrinsic right for every body to hold power.



 

  workshop



Teaching the techniques and methods that have been passed down to me by the master teachers I have worked with is at the core of my artistic practice. In helping artists realize their goals I am inspired towards mine as well. My approach is a balance between a practice of disseminating information versus providing a context for workshop participants to share and polish their own skills and ideas. 

The way I teach movement is designed to develop the critical eye and awareness of methods for creating spontaneous mindfulness in motion. This includes teaching performers how to auto tune their senses and engage their intellect and body systems without disappearing into automatic dancing. The workshop will also expose the students to techniques for generating spontaneous movement compositions with objects and rhythm.

I am committed to providing a workshop environment that is a safe, mature, place to learn skills and strengthen abilities. My interest is in empowering fellow artists and assisting them as they expand their own creative potential.


Photo credits-

top of page- George Stamos, photo by Jerome Abramovitch 

second from top- George Stamos in Recurrent Measures, photo by Veronique Mystique 

third from top- Sébastien Provencher in Situations, photo by Nans Bortuzzo

fourth from top- Gabrielle Surprenant-Lacasse and Anouk Thériault, in Nunounenon photo by Veronique Mystique

fifth from top- Ryan Dean, Robert Haarman, Patrick Jeffrey, Eben Knowler, Justin Leaf, Nic Lincon in Situations by George Stamos, photo courtesy of the McKnights Foundation

Bottom of page-Sarah Williams, photo by Jerome Abramovitch 



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