the creative projects of Deanna Peters

FEB 6, 2015: Cut Away @ PushOFF

performer Elissa Hanson; photo: Yvonne Chew

My newest work Cut Away is a part of PushOFF, curated by Theatre Replacement and 605 Collective, February 5 & 6, 2015.

WINTER 2015: Itcush w/ Ziyian

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.


JAN 26, 2015: Facilitating @ MAMM

performer: Maxine Chadburn; graphic: Deanna Peters & Ahmed Khalil; photo: Yvonne Chew

JAN 18, 2015: Cut Away @ Dance Allsorts

performer Elissa Hanson; photo: Yvonne Chew

I'm creating Cut Away for Dance Allsorts January 18, 2pm @ the Roundhouse in Vancouver. Buy $15 tickets online or 'pay what you can' at the door.

Cut Away features four performers aged 24 to 64: Barbara Bourget, Kim Sato, Elissa Hanson and myself.

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 a webpage I've created, documenting the process so far

performers Barbara Bourget, Elissa Hanson, Deanna Peters, Kim Sato; photo: Yvonne Chew

Cut Away is generously supported by the British Columbia Arts Council, New Works and The Dance Centre.

DEC 22, 2014: Asbestos Boots

I'm creating Asbestos Boots, with drummer, designer and all around great guy, Stuart Sproule and special guests Ashley Whitehead and Diego Romero, for Brief Encounters @ The Bad Ideas Cabaret:

Dec 22 @ The Railway Club

DEC 2014: Teaching @ Working Class

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.

OCT 2014: I made a dance film

In collaboration with filmmaker Aya Garcia, performer Ashley Whitehead and composer Paul Finlay, I've created 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 will be screening in Seattle this December as a part of Velocity Dance Centre's Next Dance Cinema.


picture of me sliding down an orange chair in a white room

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:

Structure Tone
Study: Chair Slide


A woman investigates the nature of her machinery…
A glimmering series of stills…
Searching for the nearest shore…

I present Itch, a new solo I've created with performer Ashley Whitehead, at the Dancing on the Edge Festival: July 11, 9pm

WATCH the performance

See Small Itch, a video collaboration; an off-shoot of Itch, the stage version.


can you feel your fingertips?

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

JUN 2014: Modus Operandi Show

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

see a video of Structure Tone
see this funny rehearsal video
see these pics by Yvonne Chew of us in process
see these pics by Yvonne Chew of dress rehearsal

APR 2014: Itch @ The Dance Centre

As Artist In Residence at The Dance Centre, I present Itch, a new solo I've created with performer Ashley Whitehead: April 29, 7pm | Scotiabank Dance Centre| FREE

It is being presented alongside other new works by Ziyian Kwan and Vanessa Goodman.

See Small Itch, a video collaboration in progress; an off-shoot of Itch

MAR 2014: Modus @ VIDF

photo of group from behind and chair

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.

In this video, the students tell us why you should come see the shows at the Vancouver International Dance Festival: March 13–15; 7pm @ Roundhouse | FREE

Catch a glimpse of the students at work in these wonderful pics by Yvonne Chew.


photo of one dancer pulling another backwards

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.

WATCH excerpts

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


From a recent micro-project I created for a Pecha Kucha at Dance in Vancouver 2013...

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 of Deanna with a bare back, jacket on backwards

photo/poster: Chris Randle; dancer: Deanna Peters

After 5 weeks in residence, we present NEW RAW at EDAM Dance alongside new works by Peter Bingham & Rob Kitsos: Oct 23, 25, 26, 30, Nov 1 + 2

WATCH the performance

Fun rehearsal video for you (by Aya Garcia)

Thanks to Mark Jacobs for his VANDOCUMENT review

Thanks to Dr. Peter Dickinson for the review on his blog Performance, Place, and Politics

photo looking down Deanna's shirt

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.

Deanna's song pick for you is 'Son of the Sun' by Willie Dunn: LISTEN

photo of Alexa Mardon

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.

This past year she has had the opportunity to collaborate with fellow Modus students and alumni, interpret for Daisy Thompson, and to apprentice with Amber Funk Barton's the response.

Alexa's song pick for you is 'Slow' by Mount Kimbie: LISTEN

photo of Elissa Hanson

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.

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

Meet performer Molly McDermott:

photo of Molly McDermott

Upon returning to Vancouver from living and working in England, Molly has had the pleasure of continuing to dance for both Deanna Peters and Kokoro Dance Theatre.

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.

See Molly in At One Remove, a dance Deanna created in 2011

Molly's song pick for you is 'Suitcase' by Electrelane: LISTEN

Meet NEW RAW costume & set artist Natalie Purschwitz:

photo of 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.

Natalie's song pick for you is 'Tribute to Tomorrow' by Colouroid: LISTEN

JUL 2013: Down Goes Fraser

photo of me slumped over with blue tone that looks like I am underwater

photo: Ben Didier; performer Deanna Peters

Down Goes Fraser, a solo created by Vanessa Goodman for performer Deanna Peters, is presented at this year's Dancing on the Edge Festival: July 8; 7pm + July 9; 9pm @ Firehall Arts Centre

JUN 2013: Interplay

a flyer for an upcoming performance called this dance is not about

photo: Barnaby Killam

Check out my newest creation (This dance is not about...) presented by the Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, a part of The Contingency Plan's The Interplay Project:

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?).

FEB 2013: Natural Light

an animated gif of a recent dance I created: 6 women sliding off chairs light paper


three funky vintage record sleeves, side by side

Every Tuesday this month, I present some new dance bits at the very informal BLOOM:

w/ varying 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 joke!!!

JAN 2013: public showing

a photo from Dominican Republic and Gambier Island

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.

a lot of *@#$%^& rectangles

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

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...

DEC 2012: CO:LAB

image of a dancer, upright bassist and guitarist

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)

SEP 2012: solo

refelction of me dancing in a parking garage mirror

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...

SEP 2011: Mayor's Arts Awards

photos of our night at the awards

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.

JUL 2011: My Website

pic of my face with my chin on my kitchen counter

photo: Ahmed Khalil

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