Clearly Communicating Unclear Ideas: writing about your work for people to read

Young Lungs Dance Exchange and Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers present:

Clearly Communicating Unclear Ideas: writing about your work for people to read A writing workshop by Amelia Ehrhardt

Pay what you can 2-211 Bannatyne

This workshop will go over some common problems in writing about your own work and possible solutions to them. Particular attention will be paid to the function of an artist's statement, but other topics will include proposals, bios, and communication with Curators/festival directors/etc. We will pay attention to the difference between writing for different kinds of selection-makers (peer assessors, grants officers, curators/artistic directors, etc). Please note this is not a workshop on marketing copy but rather specifically on artistic copy and content.

Bio: Amelia Ehrhardt is a choreographer. Her work approaches the mediums of dance and choreography through creation, curation, performance, and teaching. Her practice seeks the parameters of how we watch, understand, and make dance, and ways to re-contextualize the form and to trouble those parameters. Through her work as Curator at Dancemakers Centre for Creation(Toronto) Amelia aims to use the framework of an institution and seasonal programming as a macro-choreography; considering how framing decisions around individual dances effect ways in which dance work is made. Amelia’s work has been supported through residencies at HATCH, Toronto Dance Theatre, and Studio 303, and has been presented at OFFTA Montréal, SummerWorks Performance festival, AGO’s First Thursdays, and other itinerant artist-run spaces such as Doored/Double Double Land and Halo Halo Village. As a dancer she works predominantly in multidisciplinary contexts, having interpreted works for Zeesy Powers and Suzy Lake as well as choreographers Carol Anderson, Susie Burpee, and Julia Sasso. She is the founder of Flowchart: a Series of Performance, a former Lover at the Toronto Dance Community Love-In and the inaugural Dance Curator at Summerworks Performance Festival. She holds an honours BA in Dance Studies from York University and has trained independently in Montréal, New York, and Vienna. Amelia is a 2016 fellow of the Toronto Arts Council Leaders Lab and is a participant in 8 DAYS: a Gathering of Canadian Choreographers. Amelia is based in Toronto and has never lived further than five kilometers from Lake Ontario.

Photo by Yuula Benivolski