Lisa-Emmons-IMG_4323“Lisa Emmons’ choreography is sharp…Filled with exquisite contradictions, movement here is contracted and stark, then suddenly lyrical and lovely.” – Gary Smith, Hamilton Spectator

Lisa Emmons is a dance artist based in Hamilton. In February 2014 Lisa founded Aeris Körper Contemporary Dance of which she is the Artistic Director. She has produced performances with Dance Works CoWorks, presented by the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, participated in three Hamilton Fringe Festivals, winning a Critic’s Choice awarded by the View, five Frost Bites Festivals, in addition to a number of productions in Hamilton, Burlington, Toronto and across the GTA. She has choreographed 17 works over an 11 year choreographic career. For the past two years has produced a works-in-progress series entitled PROSPECTS: an evening of dance and discussion in Burlington, Ontario.

Lisa was an artist with the Burlington Whole Shebang (2014-2016) and was mentored by Andrea Nann in her Conscious Bodies Method. Lisa was an assistant to Andrea Nann in her community project Memory is the History of Forgetting at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre (Fall 2019) and was assistant to Peggy Baker mounting her choreography MOVE at the Art Gallery of Hamilton (Winter 2019). Lisa was nominated for a Hamilton Arts Award in 2019 for Dance and Performing Arts.

Fostering collaborative relationships across disciplines to generate community, new and innovative works is her passion. Lisa explores every day movements to find physical actions that speak to and are meaningful to the mover and viewer. Developing a sense of curiosity and enthusiasm is her main objective in her artistic practice and the collaborations she pursues.

These collaborations have resulted in:
Collapsing The Night: Immersive Dance Production in the Tropical Greenhouse with Grace No Grace (musicians), Kelly Wolf (Sound Design), Tanis MacArthur (Costumes), Gordon Simmons (lighting design) and OPTICKS (projections).
Internal Wilderness: Collaborated with Gordon Simmons (scenographer) to create a 45 minute solo with a detailed set of acrylic mirror and plants as a metaphor for the depth and complexities of the human experience.
I Do Dream: Commissioned by Frost Bites, a site specific festival in Hamilton, to collaborate with the Thanya Iyer Band (Montreal).
Stair Project: Commissioned by the Hamilton Theatre collective Industry to create a site specific work on the Wentworth Mountain Stairs.
Powerhouse: a 20-minute site-specific work, journeying through the abandoned headquarters of Westinghouse Electric in Hamilton.
Luminous Beings: commission by the Hamilton Arts Awards to work with the AV collective OPTIKS. Interactive and responsive projection amplified the choreography.

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