photo credits at page bottom
Situations explores how combinations of circumstances intersect in performance to form musings on gender fluidity. 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.
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.
This new creation set to premiere
in 2018 will be a four-hour long quartet featuring durational spinning in an
immersive environment similar to a gallery setting. Within the four hours, the
public will be free to choose when they enter, circulate and leave. Since 2013 I have been researching durational
spinning of up to 40 min in solo form and with Recurrent Measures I will transfer this research into a quartet. In
addition to the altered perceptions cyclical movement can conjure I’m equally
inspired by the social dynamic the performance will stimulate, both in terms of
the engagement of the public and in how the durational aspect highlights the
power of persistence. With this quartet I’ve decided to change from the usual
format of an hour-long show in front of a passive seated public in order to
engage the public in an active viewing. The spectator is invited to choose how
long, from what angles and proximity they witness the dance, so that they are
involved in sculpting their experience of the watching piece. In a twirling
performance oscillating between meditation and play, Recurrent Measures investigates how measurements of time and
movement can be continually renewed, relived, and morphed.
ONE KIND FAVOR
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 mentoring and support of this project. One Kind Favor is a study of how patience and kindness can be embodied and the spaces they create.
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 in Recurrent Measures, 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-
top- Sarah Williams, photo by Jerome Abramovitch
bottom- George Stamos, photo by Jerome Abramovitch