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.
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.
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
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
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