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Sep 17 09:15 PM
In Leisure Palace, an immersive installation that shifts between dance party and dreamscape, collaborators Amanda Acorn, Ann Trépanier and dj Põ NY, play with the act of spectatorship. Developed in residence at the Stoneboat Farm Artist Retreat and Videofag, and presented at in/future by Dancemakers, the project questions the emotional and environmental effects of spaces built with a desired outcome in mind.
Amanda Acorn is an award winning dance artist based in Toronto. As a dancer she collaborated as a company artist with Dancemakers from 2011-2015. Other engagements include work with Dana Michel, Susie Burpee, Brenden Fernandes, Helen Husak, Lady Janitor, Benjamin Kamino, Isabel Lewis, Lemi Ponifasio and Heidi Strauss. Her own works are intimate sensorial encounters for both the stage and unconventional spaces, that engage with aesthetic and the building of environments using a choreographic frame. She has been presented in Montréal, Toronto, Calgary and Ottawa. Her first group work multiform(s) was awarded the Canadian Stage Award for direction at SummerWorks Performance Festival (2015) and was recently presented at Festival TransAmériques in Montréal. She is the emerging artist in residence at Dancemakers 2016 - 2018.
In 1974, a group of independent dancers, led by founders Andraya Smith and Marcy Radler, joined together to create, commission and perform new choreography. Peggy Baker and Robert Desrosiers were among the early company members. In the 70s and 80s, the company's artistic directors - Anna Blewchamp, Carol Anderson, Pat Miner, Baker, Pat Fraser and Bill James led the company in building a distinctive Canadian voice for dance. Under the artistic direction of Serge Bennathan from 1990 to 2006, the company's reputation continued to spread throughout Canada, the Americas and Europe.
In 2002, Bennathan and Andrea Vagianos established The Centre for Creation in its current home in Toronto's Distillery Historic District. The organization's new space includes a state-of-the-art 98-seat performance venue and a second rehearsal studio named after the late composer, company friend and advocate Michael J. Baker.
From 2006-2014, award-winning choreographer, performer and community leader Michael Trent redefined the company's relationship to contemporary practice as its Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer. Prior to his departure in 2014, Trent launched the Incubation Production House (IPH) Model, a promising new way of re-framing the company's dance-making and its relationship to the public. The IPH Model creates the new position of Curator, who replaces the traditional role of Artistic Director. No longer relying on a Resident Choreographer and one-off commissions to make dances for the company, the model invites three Resident Artists (RA), exceptional choreographers from the local, national or international fields, to create work over staggered three year terms.
Benjamin Kamino and Emi Forster were the inaugural Co-Curators, with Amelia Ehrhardt taking up the sole position in September 2015.