the creative projects of Deanna Peters
I am in residence March 11–14, 2015 as a part of An Exact Vertigo, a residency/library/mini festival/community invitation/dancing museum/book publication/lecture series/workshop series presented by Unit/Pitt Projects March 4–April 4, 2015 in Chinatown, Vancouver.
I will be hosting FREE pre/professional dance classes, conducting semi-private practice (behind a plate glass window), sometimes with a couple of fellow dance artists (who all happen to be from Saskatchewan).
performer: Rob Kitsos; graphic: Deanna Peters; photo: Yvonne Chew
I'm teaching pre/professional classes at TSV's Working Class:
Mar 16, 18 & 20; 10—11:30am
Scotiabank Dance Centre
photos: Yvonne Chew; design: Deanna Peters
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.
See my Videos page for more.
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
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 and Diego Romero, for Brief Encounters @ The Bad Ideas Cabaret:
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.
See my Videos page for more.
A woman investigates the nature of her machinery…
A glimmering series of stills…
Searching for the nearest shore…
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: Chris Randle
Structure Tone is created with and for the 20 students of the 2013–14 class of Modus Operandi, Vancouver's contemporary dance training initiative directed by David Raymond & Tiffany Tregarthen of Out Innerspace Dance Theatre.
Structure Tone was presented at the Vancouver International Dance Festival, March 13–15, 2014 and at the Modus Operandi Show 2014, alongside works by 605 Collective and Out Innerspace, June 17 + 18, 2014.
photo/poster: Chris Randle; dancer: Deanna Peters
photo: Yvonne Chew; performers Alexa Mardon, Deanna Peters
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 weeks in residence, we presented 6 performances of NEW RAW at EDAM Dance, alongside new works by Peter Bingham & Rob Kitsos, Oct/Nov, 2013. We expanded NEW RAW for performances in Edmonton at the Expanse Festival, March 2014.
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
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 1 of 8 participants, 3 instructors involved in the workshop, production, performance and exhibition of VIVO's SLAB 6. We are interfacing the theremin's capabilities with audio/visual devices, electronics, lights and mechanics.
Check out the show May 18; 8pm or the exhibition May 19; 1—10pm @ VIVO Media Arts Centre.
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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