Amanda Acorn
Friday, October 6, 9:30pm
Eastern Edge Gallery

Photo by Tim Nguyen

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In Multiform, rising Toronto-based choreographer, Amanda Acorn draws from the work and writing of American painter, Mark Rothko. A love letter to perpetual motion and testament to body magic, Acorn builds hypnotic cycles of movement repeated ad-infinitum. A singular body is both mechanism and magician; a perpetually pulsing, thrashing and undulating energy object. multiform compels us toward continued, exhaustive watching, dissolving the boundaries between abstract form and its containment through choreography.

Created and performed by Amanda Acorn
Lighting Design by Paul Chambers
Rehearsal Direction by Kate Nankervis
Sound by Jonathan Adjemian and Tim Hecker
Supported by Dancemakers and the Centre for Creation and Dancer’s Studio West
Premiered at Dancers Studio West, September 2014

Amanda Acorn is an award-winning choreographer based in Toronto, Canada. Her works are intimate, sensorial encounters for the theatre and unconventional spaces. Minimally abstract, her choreographies captivate with raw poetry and an unwavering rigor. Using performance as a place to question ways of seeing, the work offers space to consider our habitual and conditioned assumptions. Creating since 2014 her works have been presented to critical and audience acclaim across Canada. Her first group work multiform(s) was awarded the Canadian Stage Award for direction at SummerWorks Performance Festival (2015) and has been presented at Festival TransAmériques in Montréal (2016) and the Workers Arts Heritage Centre in Hamilton, ON (2016). She is the emerging artist in residence at Dancemakers (2016-2018). Upcoming projects include a commission for Toronto Dance Theatre’s 50th Anniversary Season and choreography for Susanna Fournier’s theatrical trilogy: The Empire.

“The remarkable discipline of Acorn’s work refocuses the viewer on a similar limitation, as she circles to the same spot where she began. She iterates the uniqueness of each human body, the circle of time, and the effort we expend in movement. Acorn herself becomes a propelled human heart, beating, making us think, making us want to move out of stillness.” Beverley Daurio, EviDance Radio (2017)

“ …magnificent, elegance and corporeal courage..” Kathleen Smith, The Dance Current (2014)

“ Acorn captivates with her raw poetry and her magnetic, extraordinary universe, confirming her status as a rising figure on the contemporary dance scene.” Elsa Pepin, FTA program (2016)

“Acorn manages by means of a subtle, complex dialogue… to create a moment of rare beauty. A journey of the senses, the pure pleasure of abstraction.” Elsa Pepin, FTA program (2016)