DAVID ALBERT TOTH & EMILY GUALTIERI
PARTS + LABOUR_DANSE
As Allies|Creation Laboratory
May 29 to June 2 and June 5 to June 9 | 2:30PM to 6:00PM
Cost: $478.36 + ( $23.92 TPS + $47.72TVQ) = $550 week
Please note that the video and photographic materials are for insight into Parts + Labour_Danse's previous works and do not demonstrate what will be explored in this creation laboratory.
This lab is a platform for experimentation, discovery, and reaction. By practicing these, we will build something meaningful out of nothing. We will harness simplicity and clarity while working towards an efficient and comprehensive approach to creation. Directed tasks, structured improvisations, and state-based propositions will inform your experience. We will teach material and build specific ideas with you, a process to which you will actively contribute. We encourage you to view this time together as an opportunity to embrace our vision and our methods from the viewpoint of a collaborator. We will generate, you will generate, and we’ll dig together, embracing and using our faults, secrets, and strengths as allies in creation. For those looking to immerse themselves in a voice, there is a place for you here. For those who are looking to channel and develop their own voice, there is a place for you here as well.
Creative Process Description
Working as a pair provides us with the unique opportunity to develop the choreographic direction from two different yet complimentary artistic perspectives. Genuine human connection, affectivity, and interdependence are recurring themes in our work. The cerebral and visceral are inextricably linked, pushing us to create physically driven work that explores a deeper perception and embodiment of the performer’s humanity. Our collaborators are encouraged to define what this means for them at all times. Our work ultimately stems from a place of deep sensitivity and wonder, a place into which we want to invite our collaborators and our audience, to allow them to deepen parts of themselves through genuine, unabashed self-reflection.
Since being founded in 2011 by co-creators Emily Gualtieri and David Albert-Toth, Montreal-based Parts+Labour_Danse has held the mandate to invest in creating physically engaging experiences. The duo continuously seeks to dive deeper into the formulation, creation, and presentation of contemporary dance works. An underlying interest in transformative states and their effect on the body in movement are presently at the core of their focus. This interest is complimented by a desire to redefine partnerships in different modes of creation. To date, the company has presented its work extensively throughout Canada. Its repertoire includes The Calculated Risk Project (2010), In Mixed Company (2013) (Coup de pouce prize winner, VSLR Festival 2015), La chute (2013), a solo performed by Albert-Toth noted as one of 2013’s top ten Canadian moments in dance by the Dance Current’s Philip Szporer and winner of the Audience Choice Award at Toronto’s Dance: Made In Canada Festival in 2015. They are currently involved in several new creations that will premiere over the next year.