ARTIST STATEMENT

Dancing has been a part of my life since childhood. First in the kitchen then the studio, theatres, and nightclubs, it has been a constant essential part of my development.

 

In my choreographic career, I have developed transdisciplinary performances where physicality, imagination, and intellectual concepts converge with socio-political content. I continue to support discussions about the empowerment of marginalized people and inclusion, in my work and the world at large.

I am committed to opening space for Queer notions of gender and sexuality that exist outside of the status quo and have been throughout my career. In my body of work, I have also explored relationships between violence and grace in gay culture, the individual and the cosmos, and kindness and the body.

In my choreographic and teaching practices, I work with fundamental principles and structures of the body to create empowering movement situations and support the physical and intellectual strength of the dancer.

 

As I have continued to integrate digital technologies into my work over the years my objective has been to resist fetishizing them but to view them as tools for human expression. In my practice as a video artist, I use this medium as a way to represent lived experiences in surrealistic ways, often with humour and movement.

With a foundation in contemporary dance practices, nightclub dances, and ballet, my practice is also informed by my studies of  Central African dance technique at Nyata Nyata school of dance (2011-2019), and my academic research associated with the Graduate Diploma program in Communication Studies at Concordia University (2017-2018).

(George Stamos 2020)