STAND UP DANCE
moving . social . imagination
“Off the wall, impossible to categorize, fun” Montreal Gazette
An international dance collaboratory that activates people individually and collectively through transformative experience. Using improvisation and body-based practice to facilitate artistic exchange, we treat studio and creative process as an R&D lab for society. Stand Up Dance seeks to disrupt dominant paradigms, telling stories and sharing experiences, that give voice to alternative and silenced narratives.
Founded by Meagan O’Shea, Stand Up Dance partners with other organizations to make more art possible for more people.
We orchestrate international collaborations, on-the-street ensemble improv, interactive, interdisciplinary solo shows, participatory creative process projects, dance-films.
In all of our endeavours, visibility, inclusion, access and diversity of all kinds matter.
Our guiding principles are:
· Be As You As You Can Be
· Include Everyone & Find Your People
· Cultivate the Oblique
· Magnify Joy
· Amplify Impact
Stand Up Dance is a queer driven organization, governed by queer rights advocates and activists. We are committed
to equitable practice, seeking to engage people of all origins, ethnicity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical abilities, neurodiversity, social conditions
Stand Up Dance is honoured to work in
many parts of the world, including across Turtle Island. We acknowledge the many unceded territories in which we work. As a company, we are committed to decolonizing our practices and to furthering our education
and actions towards a just world.
Stand Up Dance Projects:
dance like no one is watching (ongoing since 2007)
It’s My Party - current
Anatomalia (in development)
Stand Up Molise International Dance Festival (on hold)
Site-Responsive Solo Creation workshop (2020)
Vicarious Time dancefilm (2020)
Léxico (2017 – 19)
The Love Project / l’Age de l’amour (2011 – 2017)
We Don’t Need Another Hero (2014 – 15)
The Atomic Weight of Happiness (2010 – 12)
“based on actual unrelated events” (2007 – 14)
Stand Up Dance gratefully acknowledges the support of:
Stand Up Dance Board of Directors
David Matte, chair
Lori Delorme, treasurer
Vanessa Reid, secretary
Founded in 2007, incorporated in 2016