While in residence, dance artist Justine A. Chambers will create a new performance work titled Steady. The work responds to Dances for Everybody (1974), a performance event presented by Deborah Hay and the Box 80 Theatre Society at Western Front. Steady will consider the act of rocking to be a dance that can be performed by everybody in some way or another.
To create the work, Chambers will use submissions in the form of images, videos and/or scores that document or provide instruction for the rocking body. Submissions will aid in the formation of a dance as a living archive and will also be presented online. More information about submissions is available at nosingledancer.com
Justine A. Chamber’s residency is part of No Single Dancer curated by Jasmine Hynes, a candidate for the MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies at the University of British Columbia. No Single Dancer is presented with support from the Killy Foundation and the Audain Endowment for Curatorial Studies through the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory in collaboration with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia.
Justine A. Chambers is a dance artist living and working on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her movement-based practice considers how choreography can be an empathic practice rooted in collaborative creation, close observation, and the body as a site of a cumulative embodied archive. Privileging what is felt over what is seen, she works with dances “that are already there”–the social choreographies present in the everyday. Her choreographic projects have been presented at the Nanaimo Art Gallery, Artspeak (Vancouver), Hong Kong Arts Festival, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College, Agora de la Danse (Montréal), Festival of New Dance (St. John’s), Mile Zero Dance Society (Edmonton), Dancing on the Edge (Vancouver), Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), Dance in Vancouver, The Western Front, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. She is Max Tyler-Hite’s mother.