Lectures and Talks

Art Connects | Performance: Justine A. Chambers

Thu Jan 28, 2021 | 1 PM

Vancouver Art Gallery

Justine A. Chambers performs and then this also, Courtesy of the Artist, Photo: iiii photography

Semi-precious: semaphore
Performance: Justine A. Chambers
Thursday, January 28 |  1 PM


Stay home. Stay safe. Stay connected with our series of online gatherings, Art Connects!

Join us for a special virtual live performance by Justine A. Chambers, followed by a discussion with the artist.

Semi-precious: semaphore is a new iteration of Chambers’ ongoing work-in-progress titled Semi-precious. The project considers the possibilities of the multiple and the potential to build upon collective aspirations through reiterated actions.

Developed in collaboration with fourth-year students of Ryerson University’s dance program, the performance will consider wider questions of how we can develop frameworks, or inhabit already existing structures and systems, that allow for our collective desires to unfold.

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Justine A. Chambers is a dance artist living and working on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her movement-based practice considers how choreography can be an empathic practice rooted in collaborative creation, close observation and the body as a site of a cumulative embodied archive. Privileging what is felt over what is seen, she works with dances that are already there—the social choreographies present in the everyday. Her recent choreographic projects include: And then this alsoOne hundred more, tailfeatherfor all of us, it could have been like thisten thousand times and one hundred more,  Family Dinner, Family Dinner: The Lexicon, Semi-precious: the faceting of a gemstone only appears complete and critical, Enters and Exits and COPY. Chambers’ work has been hosted by Sophiensaele (Berlin), Contemporary Art Gallery, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (Vancouver), Agora de la Danse (Montreal), Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery (Pennsylvania), Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), Nanaimo Art Gallery, Artspeak, Burrard Arts Foundation, Mile Zero Dance Society, Dance in Vancouver, Festival of New Dance (St. John’s) and Art Museum at University of Toronto. Chambers is the recipient of the Lola Dance Prize (2018), and was selected for the Visiting Dance Artist Program at the National Arts Centre (2018-19). She is Max Tyler-Hite’s mother.


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Jane Irwin and Ross Hill

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