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Daina Ashbee (CA): 18th -20th July, 2018

A three days choreography workshop with Daina Ashbee                

Ashbee’s workshop will focus on developing your own artistic language to describe images, energy, feelings with our interpreter. How can this language develop what you see and what you want to see? Moving on, we learn to receive, listen and witness the body we are working with and open ourselves to the images, energy feelings that they are putting out. This exercise can change your initial idea or what you were intending to create.                                                

Then try to develop a repertoire or bank of ideas, creating variations of gestures or images that have created. You start to see many directions we can take the work and note them as you create on the interpreter so we can always move backwards and explore other directions. As we (you) keep moving forward in developing the work, one moment building into the next, we can try stepping out of the material to look at the overall composition we are creating. Everyone will have different ways of doing this, so we will explore different tools and everyone shall develop their own techniques of stepping out of the work and taking notes or documenting the work for themselves.                                                                                         

Daina Ashbee is an artist, performer and choreographer based in Montreal, known for her radical works at the edge of dance and performance, which intelligently approach such complex subjects and taboos as female sexuality, Métis identity, and climate change. For the choreographer, creation is an instinctive and quasi-spiritual quest, which embraces her relationship with her ancestors, the universe and the entire cosmos. At the young age of 26, she has already won two awards for her choreographies. She was a double prizewinner at the Prix de la danse de Montréal, winning both the Prix du CALQ for Best Choreography of 2015-2016 for her choreographic installation When the Ice Melts, Will We Drink the Water?, and the Prix Découverte de la danse, presented by Agora de la danse and Tangente, for Unrelated. Also Daina was named by the prestigious German TANZ magazine as one of 30 promising artists for the year 2017 and named one of 25 to watch by the American publication, DANCE in 2018. Recognized as one of the most promising choreographers of the next generation, her work is regularly presented in the most prestigious festivals (The Venice Biennale, Oktoberdans, Les Rencontre Chorégraphiques de Seine Saint Denis, and the Munich Dance Biennale) and on the stages of the world (Canada, France, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Greenland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Mexico).