SMALL ARMS BUILDING RESIDENCY

I will begin my residency activities at the SMALL ARMS BUILDING in Mississauga, at the edge of the Queen West streetcar and Long Branch GO station. On Friday, September 21st it is World Peace Day, and I will be hosting a session of HANDWRITING THE CONSTITUTION: a project initiated by MORGAN O’HARA in New York City in response to the 2017 Presidential Election and Inauguration in the United States. The project has grown internationally, with collaborators hosting sessions in Italy, Portugal, Germany, and Taipei, among others, handwriting their respective constitutions or documents written to protect the basic human rights of all people. It is a meditative, convivial space for introspective activism. PLEASE JOIN US, ALL ARE WELCOME.

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SUMMERWORKS EXCHANGE

An excerpt of SILVER VENUS will be featured at the SUMMERWORKS EXCHANGE this August 14th, 2018.
We're doing the unplugged version: hardcore dance research.


AGGRO INFINITUM

w/ Alicia Grant and Andrea Spaziani
Coming soon, with subtitles...

Our aim is embodying aggression: something we feel is prevalent, and is yet difficult to express from our imposed positions of polite complacency. We search for “appropriate” expression, like kids trying on their parents’ clothes. We use the personas we find in costumes, WWE wrestlers, poop jokes through a microphone, and we coach each other. 

There are no immediate threats within the sanctum of the studio, but we have experienced threats, and we can also deliver them. It is threatening when people forced or assumed to be “nice” and “complacent” express aggression, or at the very least are not agreeable and smiling, because it is threatening to the status quo. 

This self-made mockumentary camera work exposes the scaffoldings of our process, and creating a “penetrative enigma” through the mysterious/seductive editing process. The dancing itself becomes a ritualistic culling of energy, empowering ourselves to express. Can we have fun doing it? 


RESEARCH: THE WEST

(full work coming spring 2019)

I learned to ride horses last year and was struck by their behavioural relationship to 'pressure'. Horses move away from pressure (physical, focal, social / herd) and I wanted to understand that how to respond to and manifest pressure in the studio. I invited atmospheric pressure, minute points of contact, balance, and a few physical fitness contraptions that I found. And a rope.

I also spent time watching Hollywood Western films, and realized that although I haven't seen many Westerns, I have absorbed their tropes, values, prejudices, heroic fantasies, victim fantasies, hierarchies, and their dominating, intimidating, and isolationist attitudes.

How does the west, as a place, a culture, a film genre, and a political landscape, perpetuate itself (consciously or not)?

I'm working my way through this muck of psycho-drama, here's some rough footage:


SILVER VENUS

I'm proud to announce the premiere of my first work completed as Artist in Residence at Dancemakers. SILVER VENUS was made in collaboration with Nicole Rose Bond, Irvin Chow, Francesca Chudnoff, Alicia Grant, Julia Male, Claire Turner Reid, and Matt Smith. I feel very lucky to have worked with this abundant, energetic, and talented group.
Also, I'm publishing the choreographic score for SILVER VENUS and have had a great experience working with Gracia Gallo and Gabrielle Raill Design.
Hot off the press at the show! LINK TO FULL TEXT SCORE HERE

APRIL 26th-28th at 8pm
at the DANCEMAKERS CENTRE FOR CREATION 
Tickets are priced at a sliding scale.
Seating is limited, reserve your tickets HERE

MORE INFO

poster design by Eric Kostiuk Williams

photo by Ömer Kardeş Yükseker

photo by Ömer Kardeş Yükseker of Irvin Chow and Alicia Grant


ARCHAEOLOGY of the frivolous 3

Back at it in the desert in Fort Davis, TX with our friends climbing mountains and sweating and singing and flouting and performing for the dead and dancing in historic homes. MAY 24th-30th 2018

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ARCHAEOLOGY of the frivolous 2

Coming soon to MARFA, TX at the INTERNATIONAL WOMAN'S FOUNDATION a group of artists and lecturers will convene in the desert to share their stuff and laugh and swim and exist ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE FRIVOLOUS


DANCEMAKERS Local artist in residence

I'm working on a group piece with Nicole Rose-Bond, Irvin Chow, Alicia Grant, Julia Male, Matt Smith, and Claire Turner-Reid.
We are making a new VENUS. Our work-in-progress moment happened at the end of April, 2016 here.

"Untrammelled nature teems..." - Mark Roth Created and performed with Irvin Chow, Alicia Grant, Julia Male, Claire Turner Reid, and Nicole Rose Bond Music by Matt Smith April 27 to 29, 2017 at 8 pm Dancemakers Centre for Creation 9 Trinity Street, Theatre Studio 313 Toronto's Distillery Historic District

Movement Research

April 17, 2017 at the historic Judson Church I'll be presenting some problems and questions. Stay tuned.


HEIMA ARTIST RESIDENCY

Three months at Heima in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland meditating on place, the affects of extreme conditions, and co-habitation as myself and the alter-ego in a small house in a fishing village. The fjords have spoken. We're making scores of scores until December 5th, 2016. 


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A performance by SCHPANDO appropriating the words and movements of A. Spaziani

in TRIALOGUE with Analia Sirabonian and Abi Tariq

THURSDAY, JULY 28th, 2016, 7pm-8:30 @ Uferstudios, Studio 14, in Berlin, GE


SPACEBODIES II

Multi-multi of all things pixelated, for time-based works on expanded definitions of space.

At the Transart Triennale on August 6th, 2016 at Uferstudios, Berlin (GE)


lonedancer.ca

The website launch is almost here! On February 1st check out www.lonedancer.ca 

Come party at HUB 14

February 1st, 2014, worldwide people

An online choreographic initiative in the form of an invitation to dance once a day, for any length of time, in any capacity, any location, privately or publicly, for a minimum of 1 month. Video submissions and responses posted on lonedancer.ca It is an invitation to experience a dance that exists outside judgement.


research lab

Overwhelmica: a soft archive at the Dancemakers Centre for Creation - January 20th-February 20th, 2014

Public showing: February 20th 

Read the blog notes here


the moment before

at ps: we are all here

July 3-5 and July 10-12 @ 8pm, 2013

Toronto Dance Community Love-In presents 6 evenings of experimental contemporary dance works by local, national and international artists. Bringing you a series of double bill performances and discussions for two weeks of mover, thinker mayhem.

Collective Space, 221 Sterling Rd, Unit 5. (Sterling Lofts)

Tickets: Single night tickets $15. Festival pass $75. Available at the door or for purchase online here:

http://weareallhere.eventbrite.ca/

In a limbo of anticipation, we prepare like it’s possible to feel prepared.

We are all intention and no delivery.

We are performance with an identity crisis.

We are afraid of being caught with nothing to show.

We are promo for the most fantastic virtuosic stuff you wont see.

We eat pressure, practice too much, and attempt to re-create the magic from last time.

It was so good last time.

Choreography by Andrea Spaziani, Created and Performed by Andrea Spaziani and Amanda Acorn, Sound Design by Christopher Willes, Lighting design by Simon Rossiter, Premiere: TWObyFOUR Festival of Duets, Dancemakers Centre for Creation, Toronto, January 2012 


meet/meant/mtng/mning

February 21st to March 10th, 2013In conjunction with Hub 14’s Incubator Residency, Andrea Spaziani's new work with collaborators Amanda Acorn, Alicia Grant, Mike Hughes, Brendan Jensen, Julia Male and Christopher Willes.

meet/meant/mtng/mning considers how we can say just enough, and where/when/how we come together and understand, or not. It is a series of interpretations of utterances, cues, and misappropriations. We will observe the language of making, surrender to horrible descriptive summaries, and never really know what we’re saying except for how we’re saying it. We will engage in pulsion, neotypisms, silent and invisible P’s, and be joyously thankful our bodies can do stuff too. There will be andd audio guide of sorts.

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