photo credits at page bottom


Montréal based George Stamos is known for performance that is physically dynamic, witty and thought provoking. Over the past fifteen years his works GoGo Condition, Schatje, White Man Dancing, Monday, croque monsieur, Reservoir- Pneumatic, Husk, Liklik Pik have received the acclaim of audiences and critics alike across North America. George is also known as a writer and educator in Montreal Universities. Many articles and reviews by Stamos have been published online and in print for Canada’s leading dance magazine The Dance Current.



reel. 


reel. is an in-situ twirling meditation, oscillating between ritual, performance and play. In a suspended state of spinning for periods of up to 60 min at a time, with this new durational solo, Canadian artist George Stamos references his experience of euphoria as a dancer in nightclubs.

Stamos interests with reel. lie in reconfiguring conventional meetings in contemporary dance contexts between spectator and spectacle. 

reel. is a reminder of the potential for ordinary magic in daily life.



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 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.



Situations 


Increasingly we live in a world where traditional ideas about gender have stopped making sense. Marketing campaigns, fashions and theories come and go leaving us confused, uncertain and even complaisant. We are told varying stories about fundamental differences between men and women to help us make sense of who we are and how we behave. Those stories are increasingly unconvincing and hollow.

Situations is an acknowledgement of how male privilege exists and questions how it could be reconfigured. As we aim for gender equality and mutual understanding it continues to be predominantly men who hold the majority of political power, privilege and shape the world. We see this in our international relations, city planning, architecture, the fashion industry and how products ranging from cars to body lotions are marketed. Situations is a look at how these combinations of circumstances come together with feminism to form ideas about the "typical modern man" his responsibilities and how he occupies space.

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.


 


One Kind Favor

Danced by Karla Etienne with music composed and performed live by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh.

One Kind Favor is an homage to master teachers for their patience and kindness. For Stamos this includes honoring Karla Etienne for her generosity as a teacher and senior dancer in Nyata Nyata where he has worked as a dancer in the company and studied in the school since 2011, Benoit Lachambre for the time Stamos spent with him as an apprentice 1999-2001, Sarah Shelton Mann for her introduction to dancing with the harmonica, Chi Kung and her vast insights into dance making and Zab Maboungou for her willingness to share sacred knowledge.

 


 Knowing Not Knowing Workshop




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, photo by JVeronique Mystique

second 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

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 


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