photo credits at page bottom
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.
interests with reel. lie in reconfiguring conventional meetings in contemporary dance contexts between spectator and
reel. is a
reminder of the potential for ordinary magic in daily life.
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 will premiere at l'Agora de la danse in Montreal, September 2015.
Through dance and physical engagement, Situations activates modes of masculine togetherness that open a dialogue
on gender, responsibility, and power in a global context. Situations explores masculinity and how men interact with space and each other.
As the plurality of the title suggests, the
inspiration for Situations is many fold. As well as the focus on masculinity, 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 guided by questioning how aspects
of maleness contribute to a collective process.
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.
One Kind Favor
Danced by Karla Etienne with music composed and performed live by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh.
One Kind Favor is tan 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
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