Justine A. Chambers

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Justine A. Chambers
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CitizenshipCanadian
ChildrenMax Tyler-Hite
Websitejustineachambers.com

Justine A. Chambers is a Canadian dance artist based in the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her movement-based practice is created by the privilege of what she feels over what she sees, using her body to develop a cumulative embodied archive with collaborative creation and close observation. She suggests that social choreographies are already there in everyday life.[1]

Art Practice

Chambers is a founding member of project bk, artist in residence at artist-run centre 221A[2], a selected artist for the Visiting Dance Artist Program at the National Arts Centre (June 2019 - May 2020)[3], one of three choreographers in the Yulanda Faris Choreographer’s Program (2017-2018), associate artist and artist in residence to The Dance Centre (2015-2017).

Select Works in Exhibitions

  • Activation: for all of us, I continue to shape, Art Museum at University of Toronto, 2018[4]
  • It could have been like this, Beginning with the Seventies: Radial Change, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Galley, 2018[5]

It could have been like this investigates the margin between works that sit beside one another, and it is specifically concerned with the work of working and the sharing of embodied knowledge. The piece embodies the gestures contained in some of the most pervasive images the ones most readily available to the public.[5]

  • Unwilling: Exercises in Melancholy, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, 2018[6]
  • Across the Table, Nanaimo Art Gallery, 2019[7]

Chambers did a series of dance workshops as a part of the exhibition.[8]

  • And Then This Also, The Artist’s Studio is Her Bedroom, B.C. Binning and Alvin Balkind Galleries, 2020[9]

Select Works in Festivals

  • A Study for Enters and Exits #2 (FUSE), 2012 - Vancouver Art Gallery, [Vancouver[10]
  • Plastic Bag, 2019 - Fluid Movement Arts Festival, Calgary[11]
  • Family Dinner, 2017 - The Festival of New Dance, St. Johns[12], Ottawa[13]

Family Dinner was a dance piece performed by Chambers in different Canadian cities for four years. Audience was invited to join the dance with Chambers and other dancers at each performance. Each dancer would remember one of the audience's gesture and they would be added to a choreography of the following performances. Family Dinner was performed in the 26th annual Festival of New Dance.[14]

  • Choreography Walk, 2020 - Dance in Vancouver, Vancouver[15]

Choreography Walk was a site-specific and experiential work done by Chambers for Dance in Vancouver 2020. Participants walked through Vancouver's downtown streets as a procession to witness seven dances performed by eight dancers at various locations. The dancers would react to the public with unplanned choreography as a way of seeing the world.[16]

  • Idealverein, 2020 - PuSH International Performing Arts Festival, Vancouver[17][18][19][20]

A collaboration with contemporary artist Mike Bourscheid choreographed by Chambers. The work unfolds as a set of considered improvised movements, a game of gestures, actions, relationships, commitments, questions and moods played by six. The stage is a field of play and the rules are dictated by the costumes which determine how the players can move and with whom they are allied, working together to form allegiances or switching sides at a whim.[21]

  • One Hundred More, 2019 Agora de la danse, Montréal[22]
  • One Hundred More, 2019, SOPHIENSÆLE, Berlin[23][24]

One Hundred More is a dance choreographed and performed by Justine A. Chambers and Laurie Young as part of Agora de la danse festival in Montreal. As a public declaration of the meaning of resistance, they explore the wide range of small gestures that are related to it. They share the interest in the political, social and physical ramification of gestures, to create the reversal of values with bodies after the Black Lives Matter movement.[25]Chamber's national recognition led her to perform this piece with Laurie Young at the SOPHIENSÆLE in Berlin with support from Canada Council for the Arts, National Arts Centre, the Agora de la Danse – Montreal, British Columbia Arts Council and the Goethe-Institut.

Awards

Teaching

Chambers mentors emerging artists in Vancouver, as well as hosts workshops for the community. She has worked with the Nanaimo Art Gallery[28] and Contemporary Art Gallery of Vancouver[29].

Personal life

Chambers lives and works in Vancouver. She is the mother of Max Tyler-Hite[30].

In the media

        

External links

References

  1. "Performance and Discussion Afternoon with Justine A. Chambers, Peter Dickinson and Evann Siebens". Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Retrieved 2020-03-04.
  2. "Justine A. Chambers". 221A. Retrieved 2020-03-04.
  3. "Visiting Dance Artist Program". nac-cna.ca. Retrieved 2020-03-04.
  4. "Activation: for all of us". Art Museum at the University of Toronto. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Beginning with the seventies. Brown, Lorna, 1958-, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery,. Vancouver, BC. ISBN 978-1-988860-08-4. OCLC 1137039359.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. exhibits_admin (2017-11-16). "Overview". Unwilling: Exercises in Melancholy. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  7. Entertainment (2019-05-14). "Dance moves passed down through the generations". BC Local News. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  8. Catalogue for Nanaimo Art Gallery, "What are Generations?", 2018. Belkin and Morris Art Gallery Archives.
  9. "The Artist's Studio is Her Bedroom". Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. Retrieved 2020-03-10.
  10. "FUSE at the Vancouver Art Gallery". The Georgia Straight. 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  11. Jon, Roe (Oct 11, 2013). "Fluid Movement Arts Festival". Calgary Herald; Calgary, Alta.
  12. Crocker, Eva (2017-10-03). "You're Invited: The Festival of New Dance Presents Family Dinner". The Overcast. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  13. "Justine A. Chambers | Jun 6 - 8, 2016". nac-cna.ca. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  14. Crocker, Eva (2017-10-03). "You're Invited: The Festival of New Dance Presents Family Dinner". The Overcast. Retrieved 2020-03-04.
  15. "Maverick dance artists bring the unconventional to showcase". TheThunderbird.ca. 2015-11-26. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  16. "Maverick dance artists bring the unconventional to showcase". TheThunderbird.ca. 2015-11-26. Retrieved 2020-03-04.
  17. "PuSh In-Depth with Artist Justine Chambers: an extensive look at this artist's creative process, multidisciplinary work, and how she sees art in Vancouver". PuSh Festival. 2020-01-22. Retrieved 2020-03-04.
  18. "PuSh International Performing Arts Festival unveils programming for 2020 event". The Georgia Straight. 2019-11-28. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  19. "Idealverein". PuSh Festival. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  20. "PuSh International Performing Arts Festival unveils programming for 2020 event". The Georgia Straight. 2019-11-28. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  21. "Idealverein". PuSh Festival. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  22. "Quartier des spectacles | ONE HUNDRED MORE / JUSTINE A. CHAMBERS ET LAURIE YOUNG". www.quartierdesspectacles.com. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  23. Sophiensæle (2019-10-21). "Laurie Young + Justine A. Chambers: One hundred more". sophiensaele.com. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  24. "Laurie Young + Justine A. Chambers: One hundred more". Tanzforum Berlin. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  25. "Quartier des spectacles | ONE HUNDRED MORE / JUSTINE A. CHAMBERS ET LAURIE YOUNG". www.quartierdesspectacles.com. Retrieved 2020-03-04.
  26. "2016 Chrystal Dance Prize for Independent Dance Artists". Dance Victoria. 2016-03-02. Retrieved 2020-03-10.
  27. "Summer and Fall Awards". The Dance Current. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  28. Entertainment (2019-05-14). "Dance moves passed down through the generations". BC Local News. Retrieved 2020-03-04.
  29. "Conceptualizing and Authorship with Brendan Fernandes and Justine Chambers". Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. 2014-08-01. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  30. "Artist Profile: Justine Chambers". Ballet BC. 13 August 2016.

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