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Montréal based Canadian dance artist 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.



SITUATIONS 



Situations will premiere at l'Agora de la danse in Montreal, September 2015.

Situations explores how men occupy the spaces they create and how they interact with space and each other. Through dance and physical engagement, this sextet activates modes of masculine togetherness that open a dialogue on gender, responsibility, and power in a global context.

As the plurality of the title suggests, the inspiration for Situations is many fold. As well as the focus on male creation and occupation of space, 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. 

In 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 focused on defining what aspects of maleness contribute to a collective process spread out through various cites at various times? 

While it is performed a sextet, an international extended “family” of male dancers (9 in Canada and 6 in the U.S. thus far) have collaborate in the creation of this project. Various combinations of these men along with local guest performers may also perform in future trio, quartet, quintet, and larger group variations of the work.

Minneapolis-based composer, dancer and composer Ryan Dean performs as a dancer and musician in Situations. Dean’s strengths in visual art, dance and music comprise a trifecta of complimentary art forms from which he draws his unique inspirations.  Ryan occasionally DJ's at music venues and has composed numerous pieces for his own and others' choreographic works using found sounds, metals, electronics, live vocalization, and turntables.

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. 





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.



Reel 

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 lie in reconfiguring conventional meetings between spectator and spectacle in contemporary dance and redefining what body-based dance performance can be. He sees Reel as a reminder of the potential for ordinary magic in daily life.


One Kind Favor

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

An underlying thought behind One Kind Favor is to give thanks 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 insight and Zab Maboungou for her willingness to share knowledge with honesty and integrity. The impact of their kindness is great.

 


Liklik Pik 

Liklik Pik remixes fraternal gestures and animal impulses in a dynamic trans-disciplinary duo. Playfully evoking the pig as a totem animal – the little piggy of fairy tales and its alter ego, the dirty, nasty swine. George Stamos and his dance partner Dany Desjardins constantly play with these multiple facets, combining references to pets, food fetishes, and male stereotypes. Through clever role-play and an intensely physical somatic score Liklik Pik presents humans in a new light allowing for a free and loose approach to the male body. LikLik Pik favours a collage of situations and absurd humour that is audacious, and deceptively light.

 These guys are pigs.......





 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 Jerome Abramovitch 

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- Dany Desjardins and George Stamos, photo by Belle Ancell

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- Sarah Williams, photo by Jerome Abramovitch 


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