Please note that the video and photographic materials are for insight into Andrea Peña's previous works and do not demonstrate what will be explored in this creation laboratory.


Creation Laboratory


May 27 to 31 and June 3 to June 7 | 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  

(please note May 28th schedule is 1:30pm to 5:30pm)

June 8 - Rehearsal and Presentation

Place: Édifice Wilder | École de danse contemporaine de Montréal

Studio : TBC

Rate: DAC pro - $359 | Visiting pro - $407 | Standard - $478 (taxes not included)

*This workshop is reimbursable (40% of the total cost) through the RQD Dancer Training Support Program for admissible RQD members.

Creation laboratory description:

Andrea Peña & Artists (AP&A) is recognized for the creation of critical, alternative and spatial universes that rupture and make place for a sensible humanity. Interested in the depth of human individuality that breaches from a personal disposition as a bi-cultural Latin American artist, Peña’s approach is known for its highly intricate choreographic language and vulnerable, somatic physicality that engages in deep encounters between the physical body and a conceptual research-based approach. With a background in industrial design, Andrea borrows from the spatial and visual art practices that surround this creative making field.


The choreographic workshop proposes a vigorous and intimate process that challenges participating collaborators conceptually, physically, and personally in an attempt to continuously search for our true essence as artists and individuals. The process invites a collective questioning of political and philosophical ideals as the starting points for the creative process. Choreographically the work searches for presence rather than performance, and does so by juxtaposing complex physical languages that are investigated and collided in the body. The process challenges each artist towards an embodiment and deconstruction of unusual states —  as situations that are both mental and physical. What is described as states — we question how they are internalized and externalized in coexistence with each other, with the aim to arrive at a physical language that is rhythmical, transparent, dynamic, virtuosic and vulnerable.

My interest is to maintain a collaborative, curious environment, where the nuances of each artist are harvested, and brought forth as languages that can dialogue with the work itself. With my background and explorations in industrial design, we will work through layers of moulded improvisation and choreographic tasks, questioning the body’s materiality and its relationship to time and space.


Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Andrea Peña is a multidisciplinary artist whose creative practice transverses the fields of art installation, choreography and design. Founded in 2014, Andrea Peña & Artists is recognized within Canada and internationally for her creation of critical, alternative and spatial universes that rupture our notions of a sensible humanity, engaging in deep encounters between a conceptual research approach and the physical self. Peña’s highly intricate, vulnerable and raw choreography, is situated at a national and international scale presenting works in China, Spain, India, Panama, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Canada. Peña’s works have been presented by Attakalari India Dance Biennale, Arsenal Art Contemporain, Festival Quartiers Danses, Maison de la Culture Maisonneuve, Musee des Beaux Arts, Canadian Center for Architecture, Hong Kong International Choreography Festival, Festival International de Danza de la Ciudad de Mexico, AADK Spain, IONION Arts Center Greece, Laval Symphony Orchestra and SpringBoard, amongst others. Her artistic creations have been supported by artistic residencies from the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, Danse Danse, Circuit-Est Centre Chorégraphique, CD Spectacles, IONION Arts Center- Greece, HKICAROS- Hong Kong, AADK Centre in Spain and Hexagram Concordia. Peña has been highlighted with numerous awards for her conceptual and highly rigorous creations, recently including the 2018 Banff Arts Center's Clifford E. Lee Canadian Choreography award and the 2018 Hong Kong International Choreography Award.

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