Deanna Peters | Mutable Subject | Dance Artist | Other

deanna@mutablesubject.ca

NOW

I'm collaborating w/ drummer Ben Brown, developing an improvised dance/music/performance act for "Here's Hoping Everything's Open!—Vol. 1, a spaced-out music night, a part of Live Wednesdays @ The Emerald in Vancouver July 29.

Dancers Playing Basketball

2015

I'm so chuffed to announce that I'm the recipient of The Dance Centre's 2015 Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award. The $5000 prize supports a full-evening's work during The Dance Centre's 2016–17 season. I thank my family, friends, my dancer colleagues, teachers, all of the choreographers I've learned from, as well as my mentors, students, collaborating artists, and the many producers, managers, administrators and audience members who have supported my 31 year development from bratty dancer to bratty dance artist. The process is far from over…

The second in a series of FREE public dance parties, join us for Summer Sask Social Jul 11 @ Gam Gallery. This party is an extension of NEW RAW w/ dj The Stunt Man tying the night together, playing all vinyl 'til late. Walk over (2 blocks) after the show to continue the dance...

NEW RAW, the show with raucous dancing accompanied by my record player, is back! Molly McDermott, Elissa Hanson, Alexa Mardon and me, DP perform the 3rd edition of NEW RAW (w/ 3 new scenes) Jul 10 & 11 @ Dancing on the Edge. It's a double-bill w/ Tara Cheyenne Performance. Join us after the show Jul 11 for Summer Sask Social, a FREE dance party.

WATCH NEW RAW 3

I recorded myself doing the vinyl set of the music from NEW RAW 3: LISTEN | see the track list

With filmmaker Aya Garcia, performer Ashley Whitehead and composer Paul Finlay, I made Small Itch, a short dance film, in 2014. It's screening at 2 more spots this June & July: Tripod, a night of dance films, Jun 15 @ Guilt & Co. in Gastown; American Dance Festival’s 2015 International Screendance Festival, Jun 28, Jul 5, 12 & 19 @ Nasher Museum of Art in Durham, NC.

In honour of my perfect score from the judges at Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg's Lip Sync Battle, where I combined Joy Division's Ian Curtis and Missy Elliott, here's a little mash-up playlist for you all: LISTEN

As requested, here's the playlist from my recent stage work Cut Away, ft. female musicians from the 1930's–present; see the track list & more.

My #WomensHistoryMonth music project features FB posts about female musicians. Webpage requested and maybe coming soon, but there's tonnes to listen to HERE

I'm sub-facilitating MAMM: Music and Movement Mondays, Mar 30

I'm teaching TSV's Working Class Mar 16, 18 & 20: trainingsocietyofvancouver.ca

I'm dance artist in residence Mar 11–14 at An Exact Vertigo, a residency, library, mini festival, community invitation, dancing museum, book publication, lecture series and workshop series presented by Unit/Pitt Projects Mar 4–Apr 4 in Chinatown, Vancouver.

With dj The Stunt Man, I'm hosting a party inspired by Saskatchewan socials: Mar 13 @ Unit/Pitt Projects. Please join us for dancing, music and drinks: no cover; cash bar. I'm dubbing this public research, where dancers go public and the public dances.

I'm hosting FREE pre/professional dance classes Mar 10 + 12, 10–11:30-ish am @ Unit/Pitt Projects. How do we train in an art gallery? What changes when the public can see us practicing? What do we need to do what we do?

And... My semi-private research/creation sessions @ Unit/Pitt Projects can be viewed Mar 11–14, 12-5pm, from outside, through the plate glass window, or come in for a closer look.

see my interactive dance bio (if you dare)

My latest stage work Cut Away features 4 performers aged 24 to 64: Barbara Bourget, Kim Sato, Elissa Hanson and me, DP. Blending our histories in Butoh, hip hop and contemporary dance, we are navigating how to move together. Cut Away is presented at New Works' Dance Allsorts Jan 18 and PushOFF, curated by Theatre Replacement and 605 Collective, Feb 5 + 6.

SEE a webpage I created for Cut Away

WATCH Cut Away condensed into 2 mins

Supported by the British Columbia Arts Council, I'm learning the Itcush Method of the Mitzvah Technique with Ziyian Kwan, one of Canada's most accomplished dance artists, and researching its affects in my everyday life, dancing and creative process. Learn more about the Itcush Method.

WATCH Study: Static

I'm facilitating MAMM: Music and Movement Mondays, Jan 26 (and also making the posters w/ Ahmed Khalil)

pic of my face with my chin on my kitchen counter

This site is built and designed by myself, including all graphics and photos, unless otherwise noted in the image title (when you hold the cursor over an image). Please contact deanna@mutablesubject.ca to chat about web/graphics projects and/or see my producer/designer bio.

Mutable Subject

My blurry eye badge

2014

A dance in a bar, I created and performed Asbestos Boots with drummer, designer and all around great guy Stuart Sproule, with special guests Ashley Whitehead + Diego Romero, for Brief Encounters Dec 22 @ The Railway Club

WATCH Asbestos Boots

I'm teaching TSV's Working Class Dec 15, 17 + 19: trainingsocietyofvancouver.ca

With filmmaker Aya Garcia, performer Ashley Whitehead and composer Paul Finlay, I made Small Itch, a short dance film. Described on the DanceLand website "as an early 21st Century feminist critique of 20th Century body art", Small Itch screens in Seattle in December at Velocity Dance Centre's Next Dance Cinema.

WATCH Study: Chair Slide

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A woman investigates the nature of her machinery… As Artist In Residence at The Dance Centre, I present Itch with/for performer Ashley Whitehead.

Itch was performed Apr 29 @ the Scotiabank Dance Centre and the Dancing on the Edge Festival, Jul 11.

WATCH Itch

As a professional dance artist, I am immersed in so much Body Talk; a specialized language of the studio that's practiced behind closed doors. However, much of what we talk about as dance artists is universally applicable. This multi-media installation brings Body Talk out into the open.

Body Talk was created for a Pecha Kucha at Dance in Vancouver Nov 2013 and presented at the Symposium for Embodied Artful Practices Jul 3, 2014. Next up is an installation at The Dance Centre, 2015. To see 'tips' like these in your Twitter feed, follow me: @MutableSubject

I created Structure Tone with/for 20 students of Modus Operandi, Vancouver's contemporary dance training initiative directed by David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen of Out Innerspace Dance Theatre. It was presented at the Vancouver International Dance Festival Mar 13–15 and the M.O. Show, alongside works by 605 Collective and Out Innerspace, Jun 17 + 18.

WATCH Structure Tone

WATCH a funny Structure Tone rehearsal video

Pics by Yvonne Chew of Structure Tone rehearsal and dress rehearsal

A scored improvisation for 4 performers, 1 chair, my record player and LPs from my collection, NEW RAW is a wild ride through the deep-seeded physical desires of 4 young women. We expand NEW RAW for performances in Edmonton at the Expanse Festival in March.

WATCH scenes we added for NEW RAW in Edmonton

I crawled into a tent at Edmonton's Expanse Fest and was interviewed for the I Dont Get It podcast: LISTEN

2013

I'm playing records at Made In BC's Democratization of Dance Party Nov 22 @ Vancity Theatre. Bring your records, play some of mine & dance! Also ft. 'dance-priming' by Elissa Hanson.

photo of Deanna with a bare back, jacket on backwards

Me on the poster for EDAM Dance's Fall Choreographic Series

A scored improvisation for 4 performers, 1 chair, my record player and LPs from my collection, NEW RAW is a wild ride through the deep-seeded physical desires of 4 young women. After 5 blissed out summer weeks in residence, we dance 6 performances in Oct/Nov at EDAM Dance, alongside new works by Peter Bingham & Rob Kitsos.

WATCH NEW RAW @ EDAM Dance

WATCH a fun NEW RAW rehearsal video by Aya Garcia

NEW RAW performer Molly McDermott's song pick for you is 'Suitcase' by Electrelane: LISTEN

NEW RAW performer Elissa Hanson's song pick for you is 'Baby' by Donnie & Joe Emerson: LISTEN

NEW RAW performer Alexa Mardon's song pick for you is 'Slow' by Mount Kimbie: LISTEN

photo of Natalie Purschwitz

NEW RAW costume/set designer Natalie Purschwitz's song pick for you is 'Tribute to Tomorrow' by Colouroid: LISTEN

My NEW RAW song pick for you is 'Son of the Sun' by Willie Dunn: LISTEN

NEW RAW Reviews! Thanks to Mark Jacobs and Peter Dickinson

Down Goes Fraser, a solo created by Vanessa Goodman for performer Deanna Peters for the Dancing on the Edge Festival July 8 + 9 @ Firehall Arts Centre

the body is a place to go

a montage of images of studios that I have danced in in recent years

A lot of *@#$%^& rectangles

When I was young I spent the majority of my time dancing and playing sports—as much time in studios and gyms as in my family homes, especially if I count attending my parents and brothers activities too. The above montage catalogues just some of the studios I've 'lived in' in recent years in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto and Saskatoon...

an animated gif of a recent dance I created: 6 women sliding off chairs
a flyer for an upcoming performance called this dance is not about

Inspired by Susan Sontag's essay 'Against Interpretation', we (Deanna Peters, Molly McDermott, Elissa Hanson, Jennifer Hamman, Alexa Mardon, Areli Moran, Shannon Hargrove, 6 chairs, Deanna's record player and lp's from Deanna's collection) present This dance is not about... at The Contingency Plan's The Interplay Project @ Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre June 7 + 8. Join us as we challenge perception of dance (like, wtf is it?).

After many requests from students and friends, as well as some recent reads on dance and music, I'm 'publishing' Blare Public Playlists

three funky vintage record sleeves, side by side

Every Tues in Feb, I present some new dance bits at Mascall Dance's very informal BLOOM: 5 minute bits by 5 choreographers, a wine-pairing w/ each bit, a stand-up comic... no joke!!!

a photo from Dominican Republic and Gambier Island

Please join me for a showing of solo research, supported by the Canada Council and the British Columbia Arts Council: Jan 18, 12pm @ Scotiabank Dance Centre. See what I have been up to: delving into somatic practice, improvisation; and more personal choreographic sources (w/ outside eye Helen Walkley).