first person artist statement
I am a choreographer, curator, dancer, writer and teacher living and working in Toronto. My work deals with structures: formal, bureaucratic, political, aesthetic, and finding the soft places and leverage points of those structures. Where the venn diagrams overlap. My dances are unlined with visible seams, which is not to say they’re sloppily made. My choreographic work, writing, social media presence, and IRL personality are often described as vulnerable. To this I would add that I’m strong af and busily working at ways of recontextualizing a female voice as not passive, but rather a kind of strength that the patriarchy doesn’t make room for. In addition to making and organizing live performances, my work manifests in photography, frenetic use of the internet, a humble DJ practice, and wearing a nameplate necklace that says “Choreography” everywhere I go. I have a bad habit of being a shit disturber when I didn’t mean to be but regularly disturb shit that needed it. People think I’m complaining but I’ve also been described as “tragically optimistic”. I like to remember that the word Choreography means both the moves themselves and the writing down of the moves.
I have never lived further than 5 km from Lake Ontario and am interested in the choreographic implications of geographic location.
Recently Updated Bio in the Third Person
Amelia is a choreographer, curator, dancer, writer, and teacher living and working in Toronto. Her work deals with structures: formal, bureaucratic, political, aesthetic, and finding the soft places and leverage points of those structures. Through her work as Curator at Dancemakers Centre for Creation(Toronto) Amelia aims to use the framework of an institution and seasonal programming as a macro-choreography; considering how framing decisions around individual dances effect ways in which dance work is made. Her work manifests in solo improvisation, group choreography, and vociferous use of the internet. Most recently she has been performing alone alongside text and wearing a nameplate necklace that says "Choreography" everywhere she goes. Amelia's work has been supported in residence and presentation across Canada and in situations ranging from itinerant artist-run centres to large institutions. She is the founder of Flowchart: a Series of Performance, a former Lover at the Toronto Dance Community Love-In and the inaugural Dance Curator at Summerworks Performance Festival. She holds an honours BA in Dance Studies from York University and has trained independently in Montréal, New York, and Vienna. Amelia is a 2016 fellow of the Toronto Arts Council Leaders Lab, a participant in 8 DAYS: a Gathering of Canadian Choreographers, and a 2017 recipient of the danceWEB award. Amelia is based in Toronto and has never lived further than five kilometers from Lake Ontario.
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