The artists who run hub14 are:
D.A. Hoskins with Mark Reinhart , October 2015
- the artist in action is the artist vandalizing their form - going beyond their form - to ultimately bring direct, potent focus to the body, its parts, and our associations.
Over the past year and a half, DA Hoskins and Mark Reinhart have been engaged in a creative interactive exchange in image play. In a landscape involving connection, intimacy and boundaries, they are exploring themes such as colour, sexuality, movement, evolution, character play and personal politics in attempts to expand our common perceptions of the body.
This documentation project will be a malleable entity, a step towards creating a collage of ideas and elements exercised through instinct, response and time. We don’t wish for these ideas to conform or settle, but to be in a perpetual state of change, much like the body.
Philip Poirier with Colleen Snell, Oct. 19 - 30 / 26 - Nov. 6, 2015
Griffin McInnis, Nov. 2 - 6, 2015
“Raymond walked out behind the house until he stood just west of the clothesline facing the barn."
Over a week-long experimental workshop process Griffin will be working to adapt a seminal work of child psychology for performance. One Boy’s Day,written in 1951 by Roger Barker, details the minute-by-minute behaviour of a seven year-old boy over a single day. The process will explore movement, text and sound in relation to a single performer’s activity on stage. Of interest is how an action is changed through its modes of representation. What happens when it is observed, noted, edited, read, interpreted, performed and again observed by an audience – and when the acts of observation are separated by over 60 years?
WHAT R U collective (Diana Reyes and Katie Sly), February 2016
WHAT R U collective is developing a 60-minute show called #iHateUrHappiness, which addresses the intersection of Diana and Katie’s identities: Katie being queer, and Diana being a person of colour— by exploring these identities together,#iHateUrHappiness addresses that the commonality of being a minority within a minority is a powerful bond, and one in which there is kinship and strength. Diana and Katie will use and combine media they both work in, including monologues, dialogue, dance, and projected illustration. Diana and Katie presented a 15-minute version of #iHateUrHappiness at Insatiable Sisters 2014.
Kari Paderson, December 2015
As an interdisciplinary artist, I apply the somatic schema to contexts outside of the dance studio. I will be using Hub 14’s research hub residency to develop a new project called Nature Walk. It is a feminist agitation to the argument that gender identity is natural. Incorporating dance, projected video and sculpture, this interactive installation is an experiment in somatic empathy toward this problem - prioritizing the intellect of the body over the mind. There are three formal phases to the project’s creation; choreography, film, and installation, with the most demand on the choreographic phase and I am looking forward to exploring in studio. A gracious thank you to Hub 14.
JD Dance , November – December, 2015
A theatrical and athletic duet commissioned by JDdance core artists Jesse Dell and Jordana Deveau and choreographed by Sharon Moore. We will work in an environment fashioned solely out of cardboard, a blank canvas used to shift the landscape of the space. Boxes become towers and tunnels, torn cardboard pieces are earth and looming shapes hung from the ceiling. The characters are in an urban jungle that they continually construct and deconstruct. There is a miniature theatre inside a cardboard box, two small skeletons pull and pile cardboard, shovel dirt and play out several short scenes. The skeletons are mirrors of our characters, their life, their fate, harkening to the hardship and the humour of life.
Lester Tips, April 2016
We are developing an original work, Intangible Trappings. In it, we follow a girl named Dorothy who wakes up, with missing hands, in a heap of rubble following the collapse of a civilization that lived precariously inside a giant cyclone. Our practice involves combining physical theatre rooted in narrative and character-based drama -with- the specific and intense embodiment of butoh dance-theatre. We are seeking a hybrid style of visceral theatre bordering on pure movement but maintaining voiced characters and a focus on storytelling. Our Launchpad Residency will centre around creating choreographic material with our Movement Dramaturge, Denise Fujiwara.
Simon Renaud, January 2016
Five women standing in an empty space. All carrying different types of luggage -- a backpack, a purse, suitcases of different sizes. Each of them are navigating through space with simple walks, making intricate and complex circular floor pathways, synching sometimes with others but always clearly moving forward on their own journey. Each performer is interrupted at different moments by solos created from different videoclips, movies and TV series (ex: "Papi Pacifier"/FKA Twigs; "Heaven Can Wait"/Beck, l’important c’est d’aimer, "Penny Dreadful), some crazy party dancing and images created from hidden things in their carryings. During my time at Hub14, my focus will be to create the « interrupting solos ». The videos will be assigned to each dancer. Having known and worked with each of them in the past, I’ll search to enhance the essence of how I see each of them through the movements and images. It’s through those memories I have accumulated with each of them that I will be choosing and editing the videos, trying to define how I can challenge them while at the same time finding something that has a strong echo into their deeper selves.
Imaginative Body Classes would be a series of weekly classes intended to supplement and complement dancers’ and other performing artists’ regular training. The classes use improvisational, exploratory exercises and tasks not for the sake of developing improvisation skills but to deepen, broaden and strengthen the connection between the imagination and the physicality of the individuals in performance.
Open Artist Share
Brian Postalian (Re:Current Theatre)
Created by and for emerging artists, the Open Artist Share is an initiative to engage with other creators in order to develop, exercise and strengthen our artistic skills in a safe environment. Open to artists of all disciplines, short (3 hour) intimate sessions are led by a series of guestartists who are willing to share exercises, skills, and their own experience with others. Held on the last Sunday of each month, we intend to create a routine space for creators to attend on a consistent basis. By connecting with Hub14, Re:Current Theatre will be able to give the OAS a home, a consistent and easily accessible space and time to return to each month.
Blair and Ray Ray, May 2016
Blair Bogin, born May 27 and Ray Ray Mitrano, born May 28 will mathematically cast their separate birth charts in a cycle of monologue, movement, improv and object play. House by house, planet by planet, their inner sub-personalities and patterns of consuming life will unfold into metaphorical vignettes of astrological intricacies. This performance is a poetic experiment with the complex network of identity, relationships and collective motifs of archetype and symbol.