ALICIA GRANT (TO) — The ride is you

Jan. 7 to 11, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
$75 with the support of *Emploi-Québec (or $155, non-eligible rate)
$17 drop-ins Mon.-Tue. only (unless full)
Open to artists of all disciplines / In English
Capacity: 25 people, priority for full week attendance

“This workshop was very inspiring to me. I feel reconnected with my body, mind, heart, and to the generosity of the other people and dancers. Alicia is great at creating a group dynamic that is friendly, intimate, explosive and excitable. Thank you so much!!” (Annie Hunting)

We will deal with alone-ness and togetherness. How can we slide between our inner worlds and outer worlds? Tapping into all available anatomical and imagined anchors, we will dance hard dances, and soft dances. Alone, in partners and as a group. The connection//distance between us will fuel the work that we do. We will ask big and small questions regarding boundaries, limits, expectations, choice-making, togetherness, autonomy, and surprises. We will practice being aware of what is happening, forgetting to do that, and then remembering again. Principles from the dance freak lineage, vacations and kinesthetic whatever will guide our time together. Some things that may happen: hand-clapping for morale, personal dances, hypnotism, power stances, rhythmic breathing, crowd-surfing, free flailing, craniosacral rhythm sailing, cell-shaking, peripheral vision training, dark holes of worry, vibrant shining inner lights and laughing.

I would like to spend time together in a place of emptiness and void, in a place of stimulation and overwhelm. We can be in the middle of the storm.

a place to see ourselves
a place to feel ourselves
a place to feel ourselves in others
a place to enter and exit
a place to deal with expectations
a place for toughness
a place for softness

With a do-it-yourself bedroom mood, we will investigate the texture of being alive with others. A little bit of crusty rock music, a little bit of motivational trap will accompany us.

Inspired by the action of banging on a drum with 1000% of yourself.

Alicia Grant is a choreographer and dancer. She earned a BFA in Dance from York University in Toronto. Her work in performance, video and installation has been presented in North America and Europe from stages to swimming pools to abandoned factories to galleries. She is one part of WITCHTITS with Zinzi Buchanan and works in various constellations with other makers in Toronto and Berlin. As a dancer and collaborator, she has worked with Zoja Smutny, Isabelle Schad, Shannon Cooney, Ellen Furey, Irena Čurik and Andrea Spaziani amongst others. She shares why-am-i-alive dance practices at Studio 303 in Montreal, Love-In in Toronto, Ponderosa in Stolzenhagen and TanzFabrik in Berlin. She is interested in power dynamics, transformation, fear and intimacy and is currently developing a sci-fi vacation practice.

All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person ($1 to $2 fee)

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

*Emploi-Québec –  With the support of Emploi-Québec. In order to get this rate, participants must be Canadian citizens or permanent resident and live in Québec. Full-time students and social assistance beneficiaries are not eligible to this rate. In case of inadmissibility, you can refer to the non-eligible rate, contact us for questions.

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