VIDEO PROJECT CURRENTLY IN POST-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.
PREMIERED IN JANUARY 2018 AT AGORA DE LA DANSE, MONTREAL
Created for gallery, studio or museum spaces, RECURRENT MEASURES evokes optimistic persistence and play in an open exchange with the public. Oscillating between meditation and elation, the dancer’s shift between hypnotic circular motions on several round discs placed against the walls. Solos, duos and trios unfold as they spin in and out of unison by pushing against the walls with percussive gestures, creating highly detailed sounds and motions.
The cumulative actions work towards progressively energizing the space, and viewers, with positivity through rhythmic shifts across time; including unison chants, body percussion and a nightclub scene set to club dance music that emerges as a sort of mirage before dissolving back into a focused meditation that suspends time.
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. RECURRENT MEASURES exists in both a 50-min quintet and also 30-min trio iteration. This project was supported by The Canada Council for the Arts and Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.