Midline is a piece currently in development. I interviewed 20 people (from their teens to their 60’s) about their visible scars and if there was a metaphor that helped them make sense of what they had been through. Reflecting on these interviews I found the metaphor that is helping me move through and process a medical emergency that left me with a midline scar. Midline investigates the scars we choose, the scars that happen by accident and the scars that save our lives. Through text and movement, this piece highlights the endurance of the human body.
Creative Team Concept, Staging and Performance: Aria Evans Composer: Eirene Cloma Outside Eye: Yolanda Bonnell
Interviewee’s: Allison, Anonymous’, Brennan, Eirene, Emerjade, Fanny, Kareem, Katherine, Kayla, Keira, Kez, Lindsey, Maeve, Sofia and Tavia.
Work In Progress Performance Matriarchs Uprising at the National Arts Centre April 14th 2023
Supported and Funded by: Matriarchs Uprising, TO Live’s explorations initiative, Tarragon Theatre, Pemmican Collective and Punctuate! Theatre and Ontario Arts Council.
I Will Fall is a full length work that investigates what keeps us together and what drives us apart in relationships from the perspectives of people who experience the world from a queer, genderqueer, trans, and non-binary lens.
Creative Team Choreographer | Director: Aria Evans Created with and performed by: Steph Cyr, Kiah Francis, Nickeshia Garrick, Sofí Gudiño, Heath V. Salazar, Rose Tuong Original Music by: Shanika Maria, Sofia Fly Dramaturge: Ximena Huizi
Work In Progress Performance Common Ground Dance Festival, Lee Lifeson Art Park October 2022 Supported and Funded by: The National Arts Centre, CAHOOTS, Native Earth Performing Arts, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre and Pemmican Collective/Punctuate! Theatre
This piece is a reflection on when you have given away so much of yourself to others that you feel unrecognizable - that your capacity has run thin and you feel like you have nothing more to give. Dead Ends is a piece about presencing this state, reconciling with it, choosing to heal and as a result, finding new growth within.
Powerful and playful, For Sale sheds new light on issues of reconciliation and the concept of “ownership”, the housing market as well as the complexities of colonial (museum) cultures and how we understand and pass down histories. For Sale runs for three performances only, for a limited capacity audience.
As part of the City of Toronto and Soulpepper’s Awakenings Project, For Sale cheekily turns history on its side, placing the true ownership of the land where Colborne Lodge sits within the premise of a real estate open house, and bidding war among audience members. Choreographer / dance artist Aria Evans has conceived the piece and leads the team of performers Sam Brown, Liz Der, Aria Evans, Kiah Francis, Sofi Gudino, Nicole Leveck and Jarrett Siddall.
Creative Team Choreographer | Director | Writer: Aria Evans Created with and performed by: Sam Brown, Liz Der, Aria Evans, Kiah Francis, Sofi Gudino, Nicole Leveck and Jarrett Siddall Outside Eye: Augusto Bitter Mentors: Rachel Forbes, Seika Boye Producer: Sue Balint Technical Director | Production Manager: Charissa Wilcox Stage Managers: Helin Gungoren, AJ Morra
Performances Colborne Lodge, High Park May 2022 Supported and Funded by: Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Toronto, Soulpepper Theatre
Peek behind the scenes and experience heart2heart, a documentary that follows the creative process for this three year project that was twice interrupted by COVID-19.
Lead by Aria Evans, heart2heart tells the intimate and true stories of 11 movement-based artists. Through unscripted duets that originally centred around conversations about the state of the world, heart2heart offers a glimpse inside a compassionate dance theatre work that questions how we seek to build relationships across difference.
heart2heart by POLITICAL MOVEMENT features an ensemble of queer, POC, fat, multilingual, non-binary, differently abled, mothers, teachers, immigrants and all Torontonians. Creative Team Choreographer | Director: Aria Evans Created with and performed by: Tanveer Alam and Angela Sun, Corynne Bisson, Michael Caldwell and Liisa Smith, Olivia Croft and Irma Villafuerte, Shay Erlich and Kari Pederson, Karen Kaeja and Sebastián Oreamuno.
Dramaturge: Ximena Huizi
Special thanks to Rodney Diverlus, Joie Ann Merana and Jordan Laffrenier for being part of heart2heart's initial stages of development.
Performances Creative Process Documentary streaming online February 2022
Cancelled Performances heart2heart at The Riser Project with Why Not Theatre April - May 2020
heart2heart Excerpt (Karen & Sebastián) Presented by Tangente January - February 2022 Funded by: Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council with support from Nightswimming Theatre, Tangente, Volcano Theatre and Why Not Theatre.
In The Abyss, a full-length dance theatre piece, applies choreography and metaphor to a heart-driven exploration of the mysteries of life on earth. It explores common expressions of humanity as it intersects with the science that situates us within the universe. Using the scientific theory that everything is made of stardust, it dives into the inescapable physics of the galaxies beyond us in relationship to our earth-bound lives. It grapples with how to live with purpose, find meaning in one’s journey, all the while colliding honest explorations of loneliness with our innate need for connection.
Creative Team Choreographer | Director: Aria Evans / Political Movement
Created with and performed by: Irvin Chow Ana Claudette Groppler Syreeta Hector David Norsworthy
Composer: Babak Taghinia Costume Designer: Kinoo Arcentales Lighting Designer: Sarah Mansikka Outside Eye: Julia Sasso Production Manager: Candice Irwin Set Designer: Rachel Forbes Stage Manager: Tamara Protic *“The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy (DOT).” Text and Body Dramaturge: Ximena Huizi Writer: Liam Zarrillo Performances Presented by Citadel + Compagnie through Bright Nights October - November 2019
Supported and Funded by: Canada Council for the Arts, Native Earth Performing Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and University of Toronto
link is a warrior dance about the blockades we come across in life, focusing on the idea of forging ahead and asking the question; “What is my generation fighting for or against?”.
Creative Team Performer | Choreographer: Aria Evans
Artistic Collaborators: Jesse Dell, Joshua DePerry, Pulga Muchochoma, Naishi Wang Rehearsal Director: Ana Groppler Outside Eye: Peggy Baker through NEPA's Animikiig Training Program Set Designer: Andy Moro through NEPA's Animikiig Training Program Set Assembly: Michael Murray Dramaturge: Michele Smith-Gilmour Composer: DJ Classic Roots Developed Through Native Earth Performing Arts' Animikiig Creators Unit under the guidance of Diana Belshaw
Performances DanceWorks CoWorks February 2018 Pia Bouman School - Scotiabank Studio Theatre
Supported and Funded by: Canada Council for the Arts, DanceWorks, Native Earth Performing Arts and Ontario Arts Council
A reimagining of Stravinsky's L'Histoire du soldat with a live suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano. The Trickster Re-imagined set to L’histoire du Soldat by Igor Stravinsky and choreographed by Aria Evans distills the traits of the Trickster and explores the motif of shapeshifting in terms of contemporary curated identities. With solos, duos and trios that echo the structures of society, we watch the characters cross and create boundaries. With stark and stirring movements the jubilant and somber music and dance blend for an energetic and resolutely contemporary whole. Creative Team Choreographer | Director: Aria Evans
Created with and Performed by: Syreeta Hector Mayumi Lashbrook Raelyn Metcalfe Producer: Toronto Concert Orchestra Performances October 2017 in Peterborough November 2017 in Gravenhurst November 2017 in Toronto
Supported and Funded by: Dancemakers, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation and Toronto Concert Orchestra
RElaps takes a voyeuristic look into a couple’s intimate relationship and explores how many small innocent acts can turn into huge betrayals of trust. Creative Team 1 Choreographer | Director: Aria Evans
Created with and performed by: Irvin Chow Jesse Dell Outside Eye: Julia Sasso Lighting Designer: Andy Moro Prop Designer: Michael Murray Performances RATED R at The Toronto Fringe Randolph Theatre July 2016
Creative Team 2 Choreographer | Director: Aria Evans Dancers: Jesse Dell, Naishi Wang Outside Eye: Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Performances Weesageechak Begins To Dance 29, Native Earth Performing Arts Aki Studio November 2016
Supported and Funded by: Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Fringe
Where are you RANKED? This group work is an investigation into the social perceptions we hold about who has privilege and power.
Creative Team 3 Choreographer | Director: Aria Evans
Created with and performed by: Jasmyn Fyffe, Peter Kelly, Pulga Muchochoma, Kassi Scott, Mateo Torres, Kathia Wittenborn Outside Eye: Julia Sasso Lighting Designer: Andy Moro Costumes: Jesse Dell Performances RATED R at The Toronto Fringe Randolph Theatre July 2016
Creative Team 2 Choreography: Aria Evans Created with and performed by: Aria Evans, Damian Norman, Kassi Scott, Mateo Torres
Work In Progress Performance University of Toronto Scarborough - Snider Lecture Series HW 305 March 2016
Creative Team 1 Choreography: Aria Evans Created with and performed by: Damian Norman, Kassi Scott
Work In Progress Performance Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps - The Chimera Project - FRESH BLOOD Harbourfront Centre Theatre October 2015
Supported and Funded by: Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Fringe
Desiccated is a movement based multidisciplinary performance that merges contemporary dance, a live vocal soundscape, sculptural installation and video projection. As our fresh water supply depletes and water becomes a commodity that we buy and sell in bottles, Desiccated explores how our relationship to water is changing. It hints to how we might become informed, how we contribute to the problem and how we can find a solution to make water remain a human right. With movement inspired by waves, rivers and waterfalls and interviews of childhood memories in and around fresh water integrated into the vocal soundscape, this physical and poignant collaboration invites us to reflect on what used to be, what is, and what is to come.
Creative Team 1 Choreographer | Director: Aria Evans
Created with and performed by: Jesse Dell, Ana Claudette Groppler, Mateo Galindo Torres Outside Eye: Julia Sasso Vocalist/Composer: Amir Brandon Projections: Aria Evans Set Builder: Michael Murray Costumes: Jesse Dell
Performances: SummerWorks Performance Festival - dance series Theatre Centre Mainspace August 2015
Excerpt Performances: Gaïa Exhibition Paris, France January 2016
Work In Progress Performances: Series 808 CPW Collective Space April 2015
Seasonal Activities, v.i. hub14 March 2015
Creative Team 2 Choreography/Projections: Aria Evans Created with and performed by: Ana Claudette Groppler, Syreeta Hector, Mateo Galindo Torres Set Builder: Michael Murray
Performances: Pulse Ontario Dance Conference Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, York University May 2018
Supported and Funded by: b current, Canada Council for the Arts, Native Earth Performing Arts, Ontario Arts Council and SummerWorks