the creative projects of Deanna Peters
performer Elissa Hanson; photo: Yvonne Chew
Over the next few weeks, supported by the British Columbia Arts Council, I am learning the Itcush Method of the Mitzvah Technique with Ziyian Kwan, one of Canada's most accomplished dancers, and researching its affects on my body in everyday life, my dancing and my creative process. Learn more about the Itcush Method.
performer: Maxine Chadburn; graphic: Deanna Peters & Ahmed Khalil; photo: Yvonne Chew
performer Elissa Hanson; photo: Yvonne Chew
Blending our histories in Butoh, hip hop and contemporary dance, we are navigating how to move together, creating countless combinations that reveal where we overlap and where we diverge.
performers Barbara Bourget, Elissa Hanson, Deanna Peters, Kim Sato; photo: Yvonne Chew
performer: Rob Kitsos; graphic: Deanna Peters; photo: Yvonne Chew
I'm teaching at TSV's Working Class:
Dec 15, 17 & 19; 10—11:30am
Scotiabank Dance Centre
We will work on rolling, walking, running, falling, jumping and DANCING with good physical function, while exploring our dynamic range of expression and how these relate to performance—with the usual fun music & jokes—check my dance bio for info on past teaching.
Described on the DanceLand website "as an early 21st Century feminist critique of 20th Century body art", Small Itch will be screening in Seattle this December as a part of Velocity Dance Centre's Next Dance Cinema.
After a busy year, I have some time on my hands. I've made this webpage responsive and have been updating my Videos page. There are currently 20 videos up there; a compilation of recent research, creation & performance, as well as other works dating back to 2007. Below are some highlights, or go straight to my Videos page to navigate solo:
A woman investigates the nature of her machinery…
A glimmering series of stills…
Searching for the nearest shore…
Building upon a micro-performance I created for a Pecha Kucha at Dance in Vancouver 2013, I present Body Talk, a project for the podium and web that brings the specialized language of the dance studio out into the public realm, at the Symposium for Embodied Artful Practices: July 3, 3:30pm
photo: Chris Randle
I continue my work with and for the 20 students of Modus Operandi, Vancouver's contemporary dance training initiative directed by David Raymond & Tiffany Tregarthen of Out Innerspace Dance Theatre. We present Structure Tone alongside works by 605 Collective and Out Innerspace: June 17 & 18, 8pm | Scotiabank Dance Centre
photo: Yvonne Chew
We present Structure Tone, a new piece I've created with and for the 20 students of Modus Operandi, Vancouver's contemporary dance training initiative directed by David Raymond & Tiffany Tregarthen of Out Innerspace Dance Theatre.
Catch a glimpse of the students at work in these wonderful pics by Yvonne Chew.
photo: Yvonne Chew; performers Alexa Mardon, Deanna Peters
We present NEW RAW in Edmonton at the Expanse Festival. Click here for tonnes of info/media about this piece.
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.
The tips above are a way of bringing Body Talk out into the open, to share this knowledge with you and to promote a more body-centric philosophy.
To see tips like these in your Twitter feed, follow me: @MutableSubject
DISCLAIMER: Although some of these tips are taken, sometimes word for word, from a specific teacher, I do not attribute credit for any of these. Dance's knowledge is passed down physically and orally and any one teacher's sayings are a mixture of those that teach/taught them (you can, however, find out about many dance artists all over this site, and on their sites, etc.).
photo/poster: Chris Randle; dancer: Deanna Peters
Thanks to Mark Jacobs for his VANDOCUMENT review
Thanks to Dr. Peter Dickinson for the review on his blog Performance, Place, and Politics
choreographed & performed by Deanna Peters
in collaboration w/
performers: Molly McDermott, Elissa Hanson, Alexa Mardon
costume & set: Natalie Purschwitz
lighting designer: James Proudfoot
outside eye: Helen Walkley
A scored improvisation for 4 performers, 1 chair, my record player and LPs from my collection, our aim in creating NEW RAW is to side-step clichés of female identity to reveal the individuals they obscure.
Below I've posted info about 4 of my collaborators, along with a song pick from each of us.
photo: Daniel Paris
Meet performer Alexa Mardon:
Alexa recently completed 3 years of training with Modus Operandi under the artistic direction of Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond, and holds a B.A. in English Literature and Writing from SFU.
Meet performer Elissa Hanson:
Elissa's a graduate of Modus Operandi, a contemporary dance training initiative in Vancouver. She has performed with Out Innerspace at Vancouver Art Gallery's FUSE, ArtStarts and EDAM's Choreographic Series, and toured internationally with MOVE: the company, representing Canada in the Bangkok International Festival for Dance and Music.
Alongside other Modus graduates, she co-created Article In, a full-length piece, and has interpreted works by Tiffany Tregarthen, Justine A. Chambers, Amber Funk Barton and Wen Wei Wang. She has been involved in research with Dana Gingras of Animals of Distinction, Mascall Dance and Kinesis Dance Somatheatro.
Her current independent research includes several video/dance works, a new film presented at BC BUDS and research at BLOOM.
View excerpts of Fur Down There, a solo Deanna created w/ Elissa in 2011.
Meet performer Molly McDermott:
Since graduating with a BFA in dance in 2007, she has also performed professionally for Kelly Bowker, Justine Chambers, Alison Towne, Lydia Wagerer and Co. Erasga Dance Society. As a co-director of the contemporary dance collective, The Story of Force and Motion, Molly has collaboratively choreographed, produced and presented work in Vancouver and Edmonton since 2007.
Meet NEW RAW costume & set artist Natalie Purschwitz:
Natalie's an interdisciplinary artist based in Vancouver. Her work seeks out spaces between art, design, performance and daily life. Her curiosities include anthropology, the notion of survival, clothing as a type of cultural production, language and mythology.
Natalie shows her artwork internationally, designs costumes for a wide range of productions and maintains a small clothing line called Hunt & Gather. She has studied at the University of Calgary (BA, Archaeology) the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science (NY, NY) and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (BFA, Media Arts). In 2012 she was a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts International Residency award in Paris, France. Natalie grew up in Radium Hot Springs, a small town in the East Kootenays.
photo: Ben Didier; performer Deanna Peters
photo: Barnaby Killam
June 7 + 8; 8pm | 7646 Prince Albert St, Vancouver | $15
Join us (Deanna Peters, Molly McDermott, Elissa Hanson, Jennifer Hamman, Alexa Mardon, Areli Moran, Shannon Hargrove, Ahmed Khalil, 6 chairs, Deanna's record player and lp's from Deanna's collection) as we challenge (via irony, history, personal experience and instinct) your perception of dance (like, wtf is it?).
Every Tuesday this month, I present some new dance bits at the very informal BLOOM:
w/...in varying combinations...in varying forms:
Elissa Hanson, Molly McDermott, Dimples D., Deanna Peters, Areli Moran, Alexa Mardon, Nitzer Ebb, Shannon Hargrove, Marley Marl, Bruce Gilbert, Julia Barrett, Jenn Hamman
5:15pm (doors/bar at 4:30pm) | Mascall Dance: | $10 includes wine!
5 minute bits by 5 choreographers
a wine-pairing w/ each bit
a stand-up comic...no joke!!!
Please join me for a showing of my Solo Research Project, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Arts Council, with outside eye Helen Walkley:
Jan 18, 2013; 12pm @ Scotiabank Dance Centre
See what I have been up to: delving into somatic practice; researching impulses via improvisation; and connecting to more personal choreographic sources.
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 have 'lived in' in recent years in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto and Saskatoon...
I am a participant in The Dance Centre's CO:LAB where 3 directors, 6 choreographers, 6 composers, 6 dancers & 6 musicians get down in a 'collaborative laboratory'.
Check out an aural sample of what we got up to (upright bass: Adam Hill; guitar/pedals: Ron Samworth; listen for dancer: Elissa Hanson)
photo: Yvonne Chew
I perform scratchin' gravel… September 15; 4pm @ Scotiabank Dance Centre. This work stems from my participation in Barbara Bourget's year-long Solo Choreography Workshop (including writing we all did about our experiences).
In my application for the Workshop, I stated my desire to create solely from internal sources, eschewing my usual process of working from external influences like music, visual art, literature and film. The result, so far, is a bare bones movement study.
scratchin' gravel… is what it was like for me making this solo...
I am the 2011 recipient of Vancouver's Mayor's Arts Award for Emerging Dance, selected by Dance Honouree Barbara Bourget. I will use the award in the research and creation of a new solo.
photo: Ahmed Khalil
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