Week 2

WEEK 2: March 21- March 27

Tuesday – Saturday, 12-5pm, Carolina Bergonzoni in residence
Wednesday, March 23, 7pm talk by Justine Chambers
Friday, March 25, 1pm, reading hour
Saturday, March 26, 3pm, workshop by Justine Chambers

 Justine A. Chambers’ interests lie in collaborative creation and re-imagining dance performance. She is drawn to the movement 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 and is currently one of five artists in residence at ten fifteen maple. She has been creating and showing performance projects throughout Canada since 2000. Recent collaborations include projects with Claudia Fancello, Ben Brown, Marilou Lemmens & Richard Ibghy, Jen Weih, Brendan Fernandes and Josh Hite. As a dancer she has worked for a number of choreographers throughout Canada and abroad. Chambers currently leads classes in contemporary dance technique, improvisation, and creation/performance tactics at Modus Operandi Training Program, Arts Umbrella, Ballet BC, Working Class and the Toronto Community Love-In.

While in residence, Carolina Bergonzoni aims to explore the difference between abstract and concrete movement, starting from the distinction made by the French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty in Phenomenology of Perception (1945). Merleau-Ponty defines concrete those movements related to functional actions, those that serve immediate needs; abstract movement, on the contrary, are related to evocative situation. Is the intention of a gesture what changes it from abstract to concrete movement? Or is it the context, the space or environment in which it is performed?

Carolina Bergonzoni is a Vancouver-based Italian dance artist, yoga teacher and scholar. She recently completed an MA in Comparative Media Arts (Simon Fraser University-Vancouver, Canada) and she holds an MA in Philosophy (University of Bologna, Italy). Her research interest includes dance and phenomenology, as well as the definition of presence in dance performances. Over the last year, she presented her work at different conferences and she was part of the organization of MOCO2015, workshop of Movement and Computing, part of ISEA2015 (Vancouver, Canada). She has been teaching dance and Philosophy for Children and Community (P4C) since 2008. In 2011, she graduated as Dance Educator and Community Engagement Facilitator; from then, she has been working for building community of movers and thinkers, moving and dancing with people from 0 to 99+ years old.