2008 7a*11d Éminence Grise
Robin Poitras, honey work Periferias Festival Huesca Spain 2007 PHOTO Alexandra Caunes
untitled: a work that draws on past works
Thursday October 30 8 pm
XPACE Cultural Centre
some times three
Friday October 31 12 pm
Outside the Design Exchange
My practice is rooted in a physical world comprised of choreography, dancing and actions/acts. My performance works often involve the use of found or formed objects, texts, images, sound and/or other media. I am curious about relationships and resonance among the worlds of art, science and nature and in exploring how these worlds feed back and forth in mythical, mysterious, elusive and sometimes obvious ways.
Robin Poitras’s practice is centred in movement and dance. She co-founded New Dance Horizons in Regina in 1986, where she continues to act as Artistic Director. With an interest in research into diverse fields of artistic and somatic practice she has developed a unique interdisciplinary approach. Her works have been presented across Canada, in Spain, Germany, and Mexico. She is a recipient of the 2004 Women of Distinction Award for the Arts and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the 2006 Mayor’s Awards for Business & The Arts in Regina. Robin will be joined in this performance by Regina-based artists Brenda Cleniuk and Leanne Lloyd.
Éminence Grise expanded biography
Robin Poitras is a Regina-based dance and performance artist. Actively engaged in contemporary dance practice since the early ’80s, she co-founded New Dance Horizons in 1986, where she continues to act as Artistic Director. In 2002, Poitras organized Stream of Dance, a three-day festival devoted to Prairie dance that featured an eclectic blend of styles from ballet and contemporary to Aboriginal and powwow dancing. She holds a BFA honours degree in dance from York University, and has performed as a solo artist throughout Canada, in Spain, Germany, Mexico and Mongolia.
For many years she has traversed between the formal worlds of dance and performance art, and her performance work belongs to a category of interdisciplinary work informed by the rigour and discipline of dance, and the imagistic and formalist qualities of visual art. She uses these disciplinary points of departure to delve into the social and cultural tropes that are classically contained by myth and mythology or obscured in the vernacular by fairy tales, or as dwell in the dynamics of psychoanalysis. Her work interrogates power and the paradigms of control that belie revolution or upheaval precisely because they operate at levels of unconscious complicity and acceptance. She is a recipient of the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2006 Mayor’s Awards for Business & The Arts in Regina, and the 2004 Women of Distinction Award for the Arts. During her residency Poitras will “look back and forth in considering my past works and making a new work. The residency marks a return to Toronto, a place and time where I worked and studied for five years and where I first encountered performance art.” Poitras’s residency is co-sponsored by Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie.
During her residency, Poitras will be joined by Regina-based artists Brenda Cleniuk and Leanne Lloyd in performing The Oval, a temporary installation of 24 chairs and 60 rearview mirrors that will be set up and dismantled in public spaces during the festival. They will also perform some times three and the walking women in various public spaces.