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Performer’s Place workshop with Susie Burpee.

In Workshops on December 15, 2010 by danceumbrella

Performer’s Place

February 14th to 18th
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Dovercourt House
805 Dovercourt Rd, 1st floor

Full price: $180
Early bird: $90 to $162
(with $25 non-refundable deposit by January 18,
see our discount plan)

This workshop is open to those interested in live creation and performance, in all artistic disciplines.

A workshop for the interpreter/performer that illuminates the importance of his or her artistic choices in process and performance. In the context of a group choreographic work, participating artists will be guided towards exploring new territories and making bold, relevant choices in pursuit of artistic development.

Susie will first create a choreographic language in collaboration with the artists. This vocabulary will be used within a structural framework that asks that the artists be present and responsible for making ‘in-the-moment’ movement and action decisions. The resulting work is a short performance piece that brings forth the performer’s capacity to interpret and reinterpret moments. It examines the fluid relationship between an interpreter’s artistic choices and the delivery of a performance work.

There will be a small showing on Friday February the 18th at 12pm at Dovercourt House.


Contemporary dance artist Susie Burpee is based in Toronto, where she works as a performer, choreographer, and teacher. She trained at the Professional Program of Contemporary Dancers and augmented her studies at the Limón and Cunningham Schools in New York, and L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris.

A powerful and provocative interpreter, Susie was a company dancer with the critically acclaimed Dancemakers, Le Groupe Dance Lab, and Ruth Cansfield Dance. As an independent artist, she continues to work closely with innovative choreographers Serge Bennathan, Lesandra Dodson, Sasha Ivanochko and Tedd Robinson.

As a creator, Susie creates works that showcase ‘fully human characters, struggling for connection’ (The Toronto Star). She was awarded Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Performance and Choreography, and in 2006 she received the K.M. Hunter Artists Award for Dance.

Susie teaches technique classes and workshops for professional dancers and students across Canada. For the past two years, she has facilitated Tedd Robinson’s La B.A.R.N. Summer XIntensive, focusing on artist development through interpretation and performance.

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