JUSTINE A CHAMBERS
Family Dinner: The Lexicon is a choreographic culling of each immersive dining performance of Family Dinner to date. While Family Dinner prioritizes what is felt over what is seen and proposes a co-creation with dinner guests, The Lexicon proposes choreography as a method of archiving – a catalogue of movement. Sourcing from the body of the Family Dinner performers as an imperfect recording device, the inventory of dining gestures are re-organized and categorized; rendering them into a tight score and re-presenting them to the viewer. Performances include Dancing on the Edge Festival (July 2015), Canada Dance Festival (June 2016) and Agora de la Danse (March 2017).
Justine A. Chambers’ interests lie in collaborative creation and re-imagining dance performance. Drawn to the movement of all bodies, and focusing on the dances that are already there – the social choreographies present in the everyday – she has been creating performance projects throughout Canada since 2000. Her choreographic projects have most recently been presented at the Canada Dance Festival, The Western Front, Dancing on the Edge Festival and Dance in Vancouver. Recent collaborations include projects with Josh Hite, Claudia Fancello, Su-Feh Lee, Marilou Lemmens & Richard Ibghy and Jen Weih. Chambers is associate artist to The Dance Centre (2015-2017).
“…what we saw last night is a marvel of bodily memory, the wholly seated movement as precise and virtuosic in its timing and articulation as any classical ballet.”
— Peter Dickinson, Performance, Place and Politics
“…the work was fascinating. The performers are so skilled, and Chambers’s observations so pointed, that in future it’s going to be hard for this viewer to regard dining as anything other than a performance, unconsciously choreographed by the participants.”
— Alexander Varty, The Georgia Straight
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