Photo Credit: Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood

IN STUDIO: ANDREW DE LOTBINIÈRE HARWOOD (MTL) — Instant Instinct – The Art of Dance Improvisation

** FULL ** Mar. 1st to 5, 2021 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
$75 with the support of *Emploi-Québec (or $195, non-eligible rate)
Open to artists of all disciplines / Bilingual teacher
Capacity: 13 people, priority for full week attendance

By registering for a workshop, you agree to cancel your participation if you have symptoms or suspect you may have COVID-19. Please read the Participant Engagement before registering. Thank you!


CONTENT // Each class serves to create containers for focused investigation, encouraging each person to engage in the dynamics of self-care and empathy for others. This workshop invites us to honor our essence and become the masters of what we know and what we do. 

An assortment of playful and artistic dance scores will allow us to play lightly/seriously with our know-how, our how-to-be and our not-knowing. These spontaneous movement structures will help us focus our attention, develop an awareness of inner/outer space, awaken our senses and harness our inventiveness. Some scores on the menu include: synchronicity, the diamond, the pod, the shadow, reinterpreted solo, the 5 movements, the 7 points of view, reenacting memorable moments, tuning in: (pause, replace, reverse, feed, continue), the frame, individuality to ensemble awareness, empty/full/empty…

BIO // Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood is a world renowned master in the art of dance improvisation as well as being recognized as one of the pioneers in contact improvisation.

During his long career he danced for the companies of Marie Chouinard, Jean-Pierre Perreault, Jo Lechay and Fulcrum, as well as the dance collectives Discovery Bal, The Echo Case and Improvisational Movement Fund. He was the founder and  artistic director of AH HA Productions, a dance company dedicated entirely to the research, education and dissemination of dance improvisation as a performing artform. 

Still passionate about teaching, he has shared his art all over the world since 1977. Here in Montreal, he has taught regularly at l’École de Danse Contemporaine de Montreal and at the l’University du Quebec à Montreal for over 25 years and has also taught at Concordia University, the National Theater School and Le Cirque du Soleil. He is the recipient of the Jacqueline-Lemieux Award for the year 2000.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training. There is a regular rate, and a rate subsidized by Emploi-Québec.

Who has to pay the full rate (regular)?
– People residing outside of Montreal Island
– Full-time or foreign students

To benefit from the subsidized rate by Emploi-Québec, you must:
– Live on the island of Montreal (civic address)
– Be an artist or cultural professional
– Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or temporary foreign worker with a work permit (open or closed)

Are accepted: Part-time students, Employment Insurance (EI) or Income Assistance (IA) recipients (please notify your agent at Services Canada or MTESS).

Reimbursement policy – No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.