THE TALKING THINKING DANCING BODY

2017-18:

Tue Sept 26
Tue Oct 24 
Tue Nov 7
Tue Feb 27
Tue Mar 27
Tue Apr 10,

5pm - 6:45pm

The Talking, Thinking, Dancing Body (TTDB) is a facilitated conversation about aesthetics, context and artistic process. Initiated in 2012 by Lee Su-Feh, it encourages speaking about dance from an awareness of our bodies as well as the world it lives in. It unabashedly interrogates dance through a lens that is concerned with anti-colonialism, anti-racism and feminism.

In 2017-18, TTDB comes in a form of a series of salons facilitated by Justine Chambers, Sadira Rodrigues and Lee Su-Feh. Their conversations will form the basis of a discussion open to all present. These conversations will be documented by Alexa Solveig Mardon.

TTDB is supported by and will take place at Scotiabank Dance Centre 677 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC

To learn more about TTDB, here is a link to an article by CITR arts reporter Erin Ward.

To read Alexa's writing on the Oct 24 session, go here

About the team:

Justine A. Chambers’ interests lie in collaborative creation and re-imagining dance performance. She is drawn to the movements of all bodies, and focuses on the dances that are already there – the social choreographies present in the everyday. Chambers is a founding member of projet bk, associate artist to The Dance Centre and in the winter of 2017 was an artist in residence at artist run centre 221a. Her recent works include: Semi-precious, The Choreography Walk, Family Dinner, Family Dinner: The Lexicon, Back It Up, Enters and Exits and COPY. Her choreographic projects have been presented at Agora de la Danse, Canada Dance Festival, The Western Front, Vancouver Art Gallery (FUSE), Dancing on the Edge Festival, Dance in Vancouver, New Dance Horizons and The Music Gallery. Recent collaborations include projects with Laurie Young, Claudia Fancello, Evann Siebens, Marilou Lemmens & Richard Ibghy, Jen Weih, Brendan Fernandes and Josh Hite. Chambers works actively as a performer, external monitor and rehearsal director for a number of Vancouver-based dance companies and leads classes in contemporary dance technique. She is Max Tyler-Hite’s mom.

Sadira Rodrigues is an educator, curator, writer and administrator. From social-profit enterprises such as artist-run-centres and public galleries, to museums, grant funding and higher education, she as assembled deep knowledge of the arts and culture sector in Canada and beyond. Over the last fifteen years, she has developed and delivered new programs and courses across undergraduate, graduate and non-credit curriculum. She has been the recipient of numerous grants to support both her curatorial and academic research activities. In addition to institutional roles, she has kept an independent curatorial practice, organised conferences and cultural events, lectured, and participated on numerous society boards. Her work is committed to examining decolonisation and Canadian cultural institutions. She is currently the co-director of a new artist retreat on the Sunshine Coast that considers permaculture, land remediation and biocolonialism, and how it may inform settler politics on the westcoast. She splits her time across unceded Coast Salish territory, sometimes in Vancouver and other times in Sechelt 

Alexa Solveig Mardon is a dance artist raised in and working on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Alexa's practice spans writing, performance, facilitation and community action.

Lee Su-Feh is Artistic Director of battery opera performance. For more info, go here.