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2018 Artists In Residence

Dana Gingras  - The Holy Body Tattoo 

Dana Gingras is a choreographer, film-maker, performer and teacher. Her 25 year career has moved across mediums and artistic practices and has established her has a game-changing, boundary pushing artist. Gingras is drawn to amplifying the sense of physical possibility, what bodies are capable of and allowing that to become manifold and present in the most innovative fashion possible.  She has worked on collaborations with cultural icons like William Gibson and Jenny Holzer. Musical collaborators include underground legends like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Tindersticks, Warren Ellis (Dirty Three, Nick Cave and the Bad Seed, The Tiger Lillies, Roger Tellier-Craig (Fly Pan Am), Le Révélateur and Steve Severin of Siouxsie and the Banshees. Multi-media works have been co-created with animators and programmers James Paterson and Amit Pitaru and directors William Morrison and Vincent Morriset on the award winning music video for Arcade Fire’s Sprawl II.

 In 1993, she co-founded The Holy Body Tattoo (with Noam Gagnon). The company changed the landscape of Canadian dance, earning numerous awards and honours for its stage and film work. In 2006 Gingras founded Animals of Distinction which functions as a type of framework for contemporary practice, as a point of intersection where the social kinaesthetic, and the possibilities of physical thinking can be visualized in choreographic ideas with different collaborations and with other art forms. The work of AoD has been presented nationally and internationally across many different platforms including live performance, film, design, visual art and new media. In 2017 Dana Gingras/Animals of Distinction was granted the long term residency at the CCOV (Le Centre de Création O Vertigo) at Montreal’s Place des Arts and through this will produce a new large scale work that will premiere in 2019.

 In 2016 under the direction of Gingras, AoD produced The Holy Body Tattoo’s last work monumental (2005), this time with Godspeed You! Black Emperor playing live. This expanded version of the piece premiered at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver as part of the PuSh Festival on January 28th 2016. Since it has been performed at the Adelaide Festival, Montreal Place des Arts, Grand Théâtre Quebec, as part of Luminato Festival at The Hearn Generating Station in Toronto, Edinburgh International Festival, Next Wave Festival at BAM and the ROMAEUROPA. Festival in Italy.

 Dana is an associate artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre.

Bec Jones and Anna-Maria Väisänen 

This residency begins a cultural exchange between Finland and Tasmania that will ultimately open up more avenues for artists to connect in the future. Bec and Anna-Maria seek to explore the ideas of belonging and identifying what makes us feel like we connect with a country or person.

Bec Jones

Bec Jones is an Adelaide-born contemporary dancer, choreographer and educator. Bec studied at Adelaide College of the Arts where she completed a Bachelor Dance Performance Degree. In third year, Bec had her debut professional opportunity to travel to the Netherlands to perform IMPULSE & SHIMMER at the Holland Dance Festival with Leigh Warren and Dancers.

In 2009, she was the recipient of the South Australian Rising Star Award, for Excellence in the Arts, presented by The Minter Ellison Law Firm and The Helpmann Academy.

Bec performed with Leigh Warren’s company for five years. Throughout her time with LWD, she toured with the company to perform in national and international festivals.

Bec has worked with Paris-based creative Prue Lang & Performed in her dance theatre work RUBICON in The Adelaide Festival, & indigenous choreographer Frances Rings on BREATHE, which toured to Edinburgh International Festival & WOMADELAIDE.

LWD highlights for Bec include performing in Jiri Kylian’s DREAMTIME at the Oz Asia Festival, in Warren’s seminal piece THE PHILIP GLASS TRILOGY with The State Opera of SA - in EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH, and in Spanish Tango Opera MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES. 

In 2011, Bec was nominated in the Australian Channel Nine Young Achiever Awards and was a guest speaker for LEAPS AND BOUNDS at The Adelaide Festival Centre. 

At the closing of 2012, Bec was the recipient of the AUSDANCE OUTLET AWARD, which clarified a sense of direction in the dance industry. In 2013, Bec performed in Leigh Warren's 20th year anniversary work for The Oz Asia Festival, NOT ACCORDING TO PLAN in collaboration with Dr Xiao Xiong. 

Bec has also performed with Opera Australia in Melbourne & Sydney based productions including THE PEARLFISHERS, TURANDOT & MADAMA BUTTERFLY.

Bec joined Tasdance in 2015 for their AFFINITY season with choreographers Graeme Murphy & Stephanie Lake, under artistic direction of Annie Grieg.

2016 saw Bec relocate to Tasmania to continue with Tasdance under the new Directorship of Felicity Bott, working with Gabrielle Nankivell & Liesel Zink for their EVOLVE REVOLVE season.

Bec also collaborated on a project for Dark Mofo in Hobart with Tasdance, HALCYON & worked on RELAX THE CHIMP for Junction Arts Festival & Salamanca Moves.

Anna-Maria Väisänen

Anna-Maria Väisänen is a dancer and community artist based in Kuopio, Eastern Finland. Her current practice focuses on the performer’s technique; what do we expose and hide from ourselves when performing, as well as themes of dialogue. Väisänen collaborates with visual artists, musicians, sound designers and media artists creating new concepts and spaces for art to take place. Her work aims to shake and influence structures both in society and in the field of arts. Väisänen wants to question who has the right to perform, to whom art is made and for, to whom the stage belongs and hereby her work often becomes political.

 In communities the starting point of her work is always needs and wishes of each group, dance and movement exploration as a way of aiming to raise individuals noticed in a new light. Väisänen in interested in bodily and choreographic methods, stories of people which forms in to dance. Contact and touch is often a starting point for the work as a dancer; it is a gateway to inside of our bodies, a way to accept ourselves and create safe atmosphere for sharing. Her work often aims to artistic output, where the group will get their voices heard and becomes seen in context of their wish. For the past five years she has done several community art projects with many different groups of special needs. At the moment she is starting her own integrated dance company in Kuopio.