In multiform, rising Toronto-based choreographer Amanda Acorn draws from the work and writing of abstract painter Mark Rothko. A love letter to perpetual motion and a testament to body magic, Acorn builds hypnotic cycles of movement repeated ad-infinitum. In multiform a singular body is both mechanism and magician; a perpetually pulsing, thrashing and undulating energy object. multiform compels us toward continued, exhaustive watching, dissolving the boundaries between abstract form and its containment through choreography.
multiform premiered at Dancer’s Studio West in September 2014 and has been presented by The Citadel (Toronto) in April 2017 and Festival of New Dance (St John’s) in October 2017.
Amanda Acorn is a choreographer based in Toronto. In 2014 she created the solo multiform, which was then developed into a piece for five female dancers and two musicians. Premièring in Toronto in 2015, the piece received the SummerWorks Award for direction, and was hailed by critics. A new, promising voice in Canadian contemporary dance, Acorn is interested in the dialogue between bodies; questioning the watching and performing body creating intimate, sensorial encounters presented in both traditional and non-traditional spaces. With precision and rigour her work conveys keen sensual insight. Her first creations make for vivid, rich and surprising works that suggest a strong future for this artist. She is the emerging artist in residence at Dancemakers (2016-2018).
Photos by Joffrey Saintrapt, Tim Nguyen and Omer Yukseker
“ …magnificent, elegance and corporeal courage..”
—Kathleen Smith, The Dance Current
“This hypnotic, often beautiful piece features (…) coherence in the language and momentum of the steps – this is Acorn displaying confidence and vision as a choreographer. And the music is strange and delightful.”
—Martha Schabbas, The Globe and Mail
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