RECURRENT MEASURES DELUXE (RMD)
RECURRENT MEASURES DELUXE WILL PREMIERE IN A WESTERN CANADIAN TOUR FALL 2021
RECURRENT MEASURES DELUXE (RMD) is a 2021 reimagining of George Stamos' RECURRENT MEASURES (2018) created for alternative spaces. RMD evokes optimistic persistence as it oscillates between meditation and queer elation.
RMD combines hypnotic circular motion and detailed flow with musical support by The Younger Lovers and original costumes by fashion designer Antonio Ortega. The cumulative actions, sound and costuming of RMD work towards progressively balancing the space, and viewers, across time between calm positivity and rhythmic energy.
Developed in residencies at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in NYC, Dance4 in England and Par B.L.eux in Montréal, RECURRENT MEASURES premiered at Agora de la Danse in February 2018 to sold-out houses and critical acclaim. This project was supported by The Canada Council for the Arts and Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
NIGHTLIGHT is currently a 30-min solo choreographed and danced by George Stamos, drawing upon the unique and contrasting qualities of nocturnal human sensations. Premiering in Regina by New Dance Horizons in September 2021, NIGHTLIGHT is inspired by the restful, agitated, and exhilarating qualities of life at night. Whether seen through the lens of contemplative solitude or vibrant nightlife, NIGHTLIGHT interplays between public revelry and private repose. From the calming cocoon of a nightlight to the hypnotic intensity of club dancing, this solo evokes how we all move towards nocturnal rituals that make us feel safe. The NIGHTLIGHT project received support from the Canada Council for the Arts and is a co-production with Agora de la Danse. This work was created during residencies with Nyata Nyata, Par BLeux and Agora de la Danse in 2021.
VIDEO PROJECT CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION
SNAP is a short video project conceived and directed by George Stamos featuring the dancing, story and distinct voice of NYC Vogue and Waacking icon Archie Burnett (AKA Grandfather of the House of Ninja). In this rare and vulnerable portrait of Burnett, vivid imagery and Archie’s narration come together to tell his story of strength, resilience, and unwavering fierceness.
As Vogue and Waacking dance styles have been increasingly popularized around the globe over the past 30 years, and integrated into contemporary dance practices, Archie Burnett has remained at the forefront as a respected cultural ambassador of these dance styles and the social contexts they are from. He is a celebrated performer, master teacher to everyone from stars like Bette Midler to aspiring young dancers, and an important knowledge keeper who carries the roots of club culture in his body and memory.
As Vogue and Waacking continue to gain marked popularity in the contemporary dance world, now is an essential time to emphasize the origins of these forms of dance and to humanize them; to honor their history. Snap received support from The Canada Council for the Arts.
ONE KIND FAVOR
PREMIERE at le MAI (MONTRÉAL, ARTS INTERCULTURELS)
JANUARY 2020, 21. 22. 23. 24. 25 – 8 PM
With the world increasingly full of misinformation, as empty images of brutality bombard our retinas across all platforms, the courage to be kind is increasingly essential. Choreographed by George Stamos in collaboration with fellow performers Karla Etienne and Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, ONE KIND FAVOR is an exploration of how kindness can be embodied, sometimes with grace, sometimes failing despite good intentions.
This transdisciplinary performance project is centered on the spaces created by the coming together of the collaborators. ONE KIND FAVOR is a show of appreciation for the multiplicity of inheritances that cohabitate in society at large and within us as individuals. ONE KIND FAVOR is also an acknowledgment of those who have had the courage to be kind and impacted our lives with their generosity. ONE KIND FAVOR is a co-production between George Stamos and Danse-Cité, supported by The Canada Council for the Arts.