Amanda Acorn is an award winning dance artist based in Toronto. As a dancer she collaborated as a company artist with Dancemakers from 2011-2015. Other engagements include work with Dana Michel, Susie Burpee, Brendan Fernandes, Helen Husak, Lady Janitor, Benjamin Kamino, Isabel Lewis, Lemi Ponifasio and Heidi Strauss. Her own works are intimate sensorial encounters for the theatre and unconventional spaces, that engage with the construction of responsive environments using a choreographic frame. She has been presented in Montréal, Toronto, Calgary and Ottawa. Her first group work multiform(s) was awarded the Canadian Stage Award for direction at SummerWorks Performance Festival (2015) and was recently presented at Festival TransAmériques in Montréal (2016). Her most recent work, Leisure Palace premiered as part of the In/Future Festival at the abandoned amusement park, Ontario Place along Toronto’s waterfront. She is teaching regularly in Toronto, most recently at Dancemakers, Social Growl Dance, The Toronto Dance Community Love-In, Studio 303 and Toronto Dance Theatre. She is the emerging artist in residence at Dancemakers 2016 – 2018.
A morning practice for the dance artist that engages with the practical, the magical and the imaginary. Using the bodies we have TODAY we will explore methods for opening both physically and metaphorically. Looking to bio-mechanical structures as entry points into sensation and awareness we will use somatic practices, breath, as well as athletic and sustained movement sequences to activate a responsive and strong body. The class moves fluidly between doing and questioning; contemporary technique, improvisation and durational tasks to cultivate an expanded physical and energetic body.
Photo by Talia Shipman