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

Animals Of Distinction


Borders, Bodies and Territories


May 28 to June 1 | 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Place: Édifice Wilder | École de danse contemporaine de Montréal

Studio: TBC

Rate:  DAC pro - $179 | Visiting pro - $203 | Standard - $239 (taxes not included)

*Do not register for this laboratory if you cannot attend the entirety of the above mentioned schedule.

Creation laboratory description:

Borders, Bodies and Territories


This choreographic laboratory will investigate the universal themes and questions around borders. In particular, the performers will explore the ways in which borders are physical representations of liminality—thresholds between states and territories. My choreographic process is initiated by proposing a series of improvisational tasks that evolve into movement scores that are generative like a series of algorithms. I am interested in creating an ensemble in which the performers have agency and are able to test and play with non prescribed ways of moving and interacting.



Dana Gingras is a choreographer, film-maker, performer and teacher. Her 25 year career has moved across mediums and artistic practices and has established her as a game-changing, boundary-pushing artist. Gingras is drawn to amplifying the sense of physical possibility, what bodies are capable of and allowing that to become manifold and present in the most innovative fashion possible.


In 1993, she co-founded The Holy Body Tattoo. The company changed the landscape of Canadian dance, earning numerous awards and honours for its stage and film work. She went on to form Animals of Distinction (AoD) in 2006 as a type of framework for contemporary practice, as a point of intersection where the social kinaesthetic, and the possibilities of physical thinking can be visualized in choreographic ideas with different collaborations and with other art forms.


The work of AoD has been presented nationally and internationally across many different platforms including live performance, film, design, visual art and new media. In 2016 under the direction of Gingras, AoD produced The Holy Body Tattoo’s last work Monumental (2005), this time with Godspeed You! Black Emperor playing live. The work has toured to many of the major festivals in the world including Push Festival, Adelaide Festival, Luminato Festival, The Next Wave Festival at BAM,  ROMAEUROPA in Italy and the Mona Foma festival in Tasmania.


Most recently Dana Gingras/Animals of Distinction was granted the long term residency at the CCOV (Le Centre de Création O Vertigo) at Montreal’s Place des Arts and through this will produce a new large scale work that will premiere in 2019. Dana is an associate dance artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre.

Dana Gingras is a dance artist whose 20 years of work have established her as a game-changing choreographer and performer. In 1993, Dana co-founded the Holy Body tattoo with Noam Gagnon. The company won numerous awards and honours for its stage and film work, such as our brief eternity (Dora Mavor Moore award for Best Ensemble Performance) and Circa (Rio Tinto Alcan Performing arts award). Dana has collaborated with such artists as writer William Gibson, director William Morrison, musicians The Tiger Lillies and The Tindersticks, animators James Paterson and Amit Pitaru, designer Steven R. Gilmore, and most recently Arcade Fire. Dana is an associate Dance artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre.

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