Photo Credit: Sabrina Ratte

IN STUDIO: DANA GINGRAS (MTL) — Creative Lab – practice for everyday life

Apr. 25 to 29, 2022  — 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri)
Open to artists of all disciplines
Language of instruction: English – Questions can be asked in French
Capacity: 20 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 // Bring a notebook & pen.

A practice for everyday life is a workshop concept that proposes that life and the creative process are inseparable. Perceiving is creating. Everything is made of the energy and the consciousness that formed it. Therefore how do we stimulate and willfully play with our perception in order to stimulate artistic growth?

This workshop brings together many divergent strands of artistic inquiry that I have been exploring over the past few years and it attempts to embody the questions I am currently living. 

Following an experimental and emergent format the workshop will start daily with a warm up drawn from postural, respiratory and mental Dao Yin training, Taoist Qi Gong and various somatic and energetic practises. This will lead to a series of inquiries into the nature of perception through improvisations and strategies that merge awareness with action. Working with found materials and chance procedures participants will explore both physical and metaphysical aspects of their own creativity. Delving into the territory between what is allowable and what is repressed in order to facilitate a process of transmutation. This will be done in solos, duos and through a group process.

ACCESSIBILITY // Details to come — in the meantime, contact us with any questions or concerns.

BIO // Dana Gingras is a choreographer, film-maker, performer and teacher. Her 30+ year career has moved across mediums and artistic practices and has established her has a boundary-pushing artist. As artistic director of Animals of Distinction she has fostered the creation of cutting-edge works with innovative collaborations across all mediums and artistic practices. These works have travelled and been featured at prominent festivals both nationally and internationally. Most recently conceived as a way to survive and thrive in the pandemic times her curated digital series Jump Cut features a unique collaboration of artists who have created multi-disciplinary works traversing sculptural movement, sound, dance and performance. Alongside these choreographic inroads she has extensive teaching experience both in dance/improvisation and as a specialized master trainer in the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis methods. Currently she is immersed studies to become a medical Qi Gong therapist.