10am – 12pm
Dovercourt House, first floor- 805 Dovercourt Road, Toronto
$50 for full workshop, no drop ins, email firstname.lastname@example.org to register!Deborah Hay was a member of the legendary Judson Dance Theatre in New York City in the early 1960s. Her iconoclastic vision continues to grow in influence around the world. Drawing on his six years of experience performing and coaching Hay’s work, and a deep belief in her methodology, Christopher House will introduce participants to a set of practical tools developed by Hay- presented in the form of fascinating questions- that encourage a heightened awareness of time, of space and of the body-as-teacher.
In this workshop, the studio becomes a playful laboratory in which the dancer practices inviting being seen in the present moment, discovering the truth of the movement at the same time as the audience. A great way to shake up habitual patterns and to develop new resources as both a soloist and an ensemble member!
Christopher House is one of Canada’s most respected dance artists. Born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland, he joined Toronto Dance Theatre as a dancer in 1979, was named Resident Choreographer in 1981 and became Artistic Director of the company in 1994. He has contributed over sixty works to the TDT repertoire and has also created works for Lisbon’s Ballet Gulbenkian, the National Ballet of Canada, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Ballet British Columbia, among others. He has directed two collaborations with Joel Gibb and The Hidden Cameras and created several short films and videos. His most recent choreographies include Pteros Tactics (2010), Rivers, all for Toronto Dance Theatre. Rivers, performed to the celebrated score of the same name by Ann Southam, premiered in April 2012 in Toronto with live music by Christina Petrowska Quilico and set design by Michael Levine, and was subsequently performed at the Canada Dance Festival at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa.As a performer, House has appeared in new works by Sarah Chase, Peter Chin, David Earle, Mark Morris, James Kudelka, Peter Randazzo and Deborah Hay. While a guest with Les Grand Ballets Canadiens, he performed the title role in Michel Fokine’s Petrouchka, in Kudelka’s In Paradisum and in Nijinska’s Les Noces as well as in his solo Schubert Dances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Christopher House began his relationship with choreographer Deborah Hay in 2006 and has participated three times as a dancer in her Solo Performance Commissioning Project in Findhorn, Scotland. He premiered his adaptation of News by Deborah Hay in December 2006, and presented five performances of this solo at the Canada Dance Festival in June 2008. He premiered his adaptation of Hay’s At Once in Toronto in 2010, in partnership with British dance artist Joe Moran, performing it most recently in in December 2011 in London and Brighton, UK. House has coached the dancers of TDT in Hay’s performance practice since 2008, beginning with teaching them I’ll Crane For You which became the basis of Hay’s TDT commission, Up Until Now. He has taught workshops in Deborah Hay’s unique approach in several Canadian cities, most recently St. John’s, NL.