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Dana Gingras (Animals of Distinction) – Website
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Dana Gingras is an innovative and influential choreographer and filmmaker based in Montreal who burst onto the world stage in the 1990s as co-founder, alongside Noam Gagnon, of the legendary Canadian company Holy Body Tattoo. The company has won numerous awards and honours for its stage and film work, such as our brief eternity (Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Ensemble Performance) and Circa (Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award).
With the goal of presenting independent works, she founded the satellite company Animals of Distinction in Montreal in 2006, which spawned such productions as Smash Up (2008), a series of solos and duets interweaving dance, animation and sound, Heart as Arena (2011), Somewhere Between Maybe (2015), as well as the film Chainreaction (which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014).
Dana Gingras has collaborated with such artists as author William Gibson, filmmaker William Morrison, the musical groups The Tiger Lillies, The Tindersticks and Arcade Fire, animators James Paterson and Amit Pitaru, set designer Steven R. Gilmore, and more recently Godspeed You! Black Emperor for the restaging of monumental (2016). An Associate Dance Artist at the National Arts Centre of Canada, Dana will take up her duties as artist-in-residence of the O Vertigo Creation Centre beginning in September of 2017.
“a thunderous dance dystopia… there is no doubt that this brilliantly forged partnership of music, dance and art, reworked, is indeed monumental.”
-Alice Bain, The Guardian
“In her work with both the Holy Body Tattoo and Animals of Distinction, Gingras has become known…. for the sheer pummelling force of her choreography.”
– Janet Smith, The Georgia Straight