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efficiency/virtuosity/efficiency/virtuosity - a dance workshop by Amelia Ehrhardt

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

efficiency/virtuosity/efficiency/virtuosity a dance workshop by Amelia Ehrhardt

March 6-9th 10:00am -12:00pm $10/class Rachel Browne Theatre 2-211 Bannatyne Ave.

This class will focus on finding pathways for movement that cut out unnecessary tension, affect, baggage, drama, and lead most directly to movement that is pleasing and, hopefully, virtuosic. Floor and release-based methods will be the primary source of vocabulary, and participants will also work through improvisation and gentle guided partner work. In the interest of also being efficient about ideas, we will source the work of other artists and mine for what is interesting to us right now. Obsessive attention to citation will be made. We will move/roll/slide/loop/jump/swing/suspend, climb horizontally, visualize our fascial system, think, and sweat.


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.

With generous support from the Manitoba Arts Council

Photo by Yuula Benivolski