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Dana Gingras (Animals of Distinction) – Website
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Dana Gingras is a choreographer, film-maker, performer and teacher. Her 25 year career has moved across mediums and artistic practices and has established her has a game-changing, boundary-pushing artist. Gingras is drawn to amplifying the sense of physical possibility, what bodies are capable of and allowing that to become manifold and present in the most innovative fashion possible.
In 1993, she co-founded The Holy Body Tattoo. The company changed the landscape of Canadian dance, earning numerous awards and honours for its stage and film work. She went on to form Animals of Distinction in 2006 as a type of framework for contemporary practice, as a point of intersection where the social kinaesthetic, and the possibilities of physical thinking can be visualized in choreographic ideas with different collaborations and with other art forms. The work of AoD has been presented nationally and internationally across many different platforms including live performance, film, design, visual art and new media. Works include Smash Up, Heart As Arena, Chain Reaction, What Is Mine Is Yours, Somewhere Between Maybe and most recently Dana created anOther in collaboration with Berlin based musicians group A and Montreal dancer/media artist Sonya Stefan. anOther premiered at Agora April 2018.
In 2016 under the direction of Gingras, AoD produced The Holy Body Tattoo’s last work monumental (2005), this time with Godspeed You! Black Emperor playing live. The work has toured to many of the major festivals in the world including PuSh Festival, Adelaide Festival, Luminato Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, BAM’s NEXT WAVE Festival, ROMAEUROPA in Italy, the MONA FOMA Festival in Tasmania and Barbican Centre, London. the Place des Arts and the Grand Théâtre de Québec.
“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