POLITICAL MOVEMENT was founded in 2015 out of a desire to create dance theatre that uses a socially conscious creative process. Part of Artistic Director, Aria Evans’ personal mandate is to showcase diversity by representing Turtle Island’s rich cultural landscape. As the founder of the company, Aria is a multiracial, queer, interdisciplinary artist working within dance, theatre and film. Collaboration is a key component to how the company works and the projects undertaken. Building agency and putting the artists before the work are our central values. Constantly asking 'what is political?' POLITICAL MOVEMENT tackles stories and themes that look at social, political and environmental issues. Focusing on building conversations internally and with our audiences about our intersections across difference, POLITICAL MOVEMENT models ways toward the future that we want to be a part of - one that it equitable, compassionate and accessible.
ARIA EVANS (they/she/he) is an award winning, queer Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist working in dance, theatre and film. Aria is a certified Intimacy Coordinator and draws on their experiences of being multiracial to capture meaningful social and cultural themes through their interactive art. Collaboration is the departure point for the work that Aria creates with their company POLITICAL MOVEMENT. Aria was the Metcalf Artistic Director Intern at Soulpepper Theatre Company from 2021-2022 and co-Artistic Director of hub14 from 2013-2018. The Toronto, Ontario and Canada Council for the Arts have supported Aria’s endeavours as well as Tarragon Theatre, the National Arts Centre, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, CAHOOTS, Pemmican Collective/Punctuate! Theatre, Why Not Theatre, Volcano Theatre, Nightswimming Theatre, Jumblies Theatre, Native Earth Performing Arts, Nova Dance, b current and more.
Aria has presented their choreographic work with the National Arts Centre [Midline 2023], Soulpepper Theatre Company and the City of Toronto [For Sale 2022], Dusk Dances [RElaps 2021], Public Energy [Bridge Over Troubled Water 2020], Citadel + Compagnie [In The Abyss 2019], The National Arts Centre [Finding Wolastoq Voice 2019], DanceWorks [link 2018], The Toronto Concert Orchestra [The Trickster Re-imagined 2017], Ontario Culture Days [Two Row 2017], the Toronto Fringe [RATED R 2016], SummerWorks [Desiccated 2015], Long Winter [box box box 2014] and many more. Aria's works have been presented in both North America and Europe. Aria has toured with Theatre New Brunswick, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, created work commissioned by the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, performed for the Indspire awards, participated and performed in works by Kaeja d'Dance, Lara Kramer, Tapestry Opera, Sylvain Émard, Michael Greyeyes and Yvette Nolan, Penny Chouchie, Julia Sasso, Peggy Baker, The Banff Centre, A Tribe Called Red, Constance Cooke, Expect Theatre, and many more.
Aria has sat on Canada Council, Metcalf Foundation and Dora Award juries, been an Invited Guest Contributor to the 20th anniversary Canadian Arts Summit, talked on interdisciplinary panels and podcasts for the Playwrights Guild of Canada, Dance: Made In Canada Festival, The Dance Current, CPAMO, the Toronto Dance Community Love-In, CAHOOTS, CADA, TAPA’s INDIEX, DarkNights and On The Move. Aria has also acted as a facilitator and guest curator on behalf of many organizations. Aria’s work in dance film has led them to collaborate with a number of Toronto’s leading dance artists and organizations. Aria has taught dance film at Toronto Metropolitan University, TDSB, the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Guelph Dance and for the SummerWorks Performance festival.