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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 thought provoking. 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. George’s current research includes creation projects exploring gender representations in contemporary dance and an examination of how his teaching can be adapted to meet the needs of people living with Autism. Articles and reviews written by Stamos have been published online and in print by Canada’s leading dance magazine The Dance Current.


Situations is an exploration of contemporary masculinities with the goal of stimulating 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 traditional 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.

It continues to be predominantly men who hold political power, privilege and the ability to shape the world. This appears in international relations, city planning, architecture, the fashion industry, as well as how products ranging from cars to body lotions are marketed. Men rule the world. Sex(ism) sells, it’s comfortable and we know how it works… so why change? When are changes platitudes? How does gender and authority play out in the context of contemporary dance?

Situations explores how these combinations of circumstances can be examined in performance to form musings on who the "typical modern man" might be, if he exists, what his responsibilities are, how he occupies space and what women might have to say about it.

Situations will premiere 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.


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 and queerness inform how the female body is presented.

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.


After performing (reel.) as a site specific solo piece in public and galleries throughout 2013-2015, George Stamos is currently developing the work into a solo show for a theatre context. With this new creative process Stamos intersects his experience of euphoria while dancing in nightclubs with an examination into the neuroscience of getting high from spinning. In a twirling meditation oscillating between performance, scientific study and play he investigates the how maintaining a state of spinning for 40 min at a time can be framed in a theatre. While (reel.) as an in situ piece was intentional ambiguous in an attempt to shed all dramaturgy, the new work for the theatre will bring detailed information to the viewer on the neuroscience of what is happening to Stamos' brain and he spins and to the theirs as the watch. The new piece will blur the lines between science and theory as it delves into the the biology of altered states of consciousness.


One Kind Favor is danced by Karla Etienne, choreographed by George Stamos with music composed and performed live by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh. Special thanks to Sarah Shelton Mann for her introduction to dancing with the harmonica and permission to develop "harmonica dancing" in this project.

One Kind Favor is a study of how patience and kindness can be embodied and the spaces they create.



Teaching my interpretations of 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,/ Lucianne Pinto in Cloak, photo by Julieta Cervantes 

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

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

fourth from top- George Stamos, photo by Jerome Abramovitch 

fifth from top- Dany Desjardins and George Stamos, photo by Belle Ancell

sixth 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 

fourth from top- George Stamos, photo by Jerome Abramovitch 

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