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Movements for a Room: A workshop with Katie Lyle and Shelby Wright

  • aceartinc 2-290 McDermot Avenue Winnipeg, MB, R3B 0T2 Canada (map)

Katie Lyle and Shelby Wright make movement based work combining their artistic backgrounds in dance, film and visual art. Together their collaborative practice focuses on the development of a shared language of movements and phrases. This system acts as a generative source for creation, problem solving and sharing of experience with each other and an audience.

Lyle and Wright will present an interdisciplinary workshop combining movement and discussion, with an emphasis on collaboration, revision and choreography. Posing the question of how our movements change in relation to another person? How we experience duality in our bodies, exploring the process of watching versus feeling movement.

The workshop will consider the character or role of an artist in the studio, how we might move and work in a space that is both private and public. Enacting the moment right before deciding to make something. Movement as a visual embodiment of the agency of ‘doing something’, of thinking, revising, starting over. Moving to the language of drawing and looking.

Why dance now? Why the body now?

To make something full of mistakes that is also perfect, or that combines both.

To make something that appears unsure about every aspect of something.

To create a performance or series of movements that show indecision.

To create something that values indecision.

Katie Lyle works in painting, drawing and performance. Her work uses layering and the residual accumulation of paint to portray the unfixed nature of portraiture and narratives. Selected projects include: The Loon, Toronto (March 2017); G Gallery with Bridget Moser, Toronto; Evans Contemporary, Peterborough; Forest City Gallery with Shelby Wright, London ON (all 2016); Erin Stump Projects, Toronto; Model Project Space, Vancouver; Garden Gallery with Shelby Wright, Toronto; and The Nanaimo Art Gallery (all 2015). Lyle received her MFA from the University of Victoria (2009) and her BFA from Concordia University (2005). She has taught Painting and Drawing at the University of Toronto and the University of Victoria.

Shelby Wright is a dancer and choreographer based in Toronto. Wright’s work explores themes of memory, archive and transference through the body. She has received training from Canada’s National Ballet School, Ecole de danse contemporaine de Montréal, the Limón Institute of New York, and holds a BA from the University of Toronto in Cinema Studies and History. She has presented her choreography in Montréal and Toronto, and has performed professionally in these two cities as well as New York. Wright is certified as Associate Teacher of the Vaganova syllabus from the Society of Russian Ballet.

In December 2016, Lyle and Wright participated in the residency Choreography Across Disciplines at the Banff Centre for the Arts. They will present a Critical Distance performance in response to Matthew Gardiner’s exhibition You Can Never Go Home Again at aceartinc. on Friday May 5th.

Open to everyone interested in movement, body-awareness, choreography and dance. $10 at the door or at younglungs.ca/tickets

Special thanks to aceartinc.