Justine A. Chambers in Residence

May 10 — Jun 24, 2021



While in residence at Western Front, dance artist Justine A. Chambers created a new performance titled Steady. The work responded to Dances for Everybody (1974), a performance work presented by Deborah Hay and the Box 80 Theatre at Western Front. Steady considered the act of rocking to be a dance that can be performed by everybody in some way or another.

To create the work, Chambers used submissions from the public in the form of images, videos, and scores that documented or provided instruction for the rocking body. The submissions aided in the formation of a dance as a living archive that was presented online on the No Single Dancer project website, and as a three-hour live performance in Western Front’s Grand Luxe Hall with Stephanie Cyr, Alison Denham, Kate Franklin, Bynh Ho, and Vanessa Kwan.

Chambers’s residency was part of No Single Dancer (2021), curated by Jasmine Hynes. 

Presented with support from the Killy Foundation and the Audain Endowment for Curatorial Studies through the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory in collaboration with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia.

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