Life Cycle of a Malignant Debate 2019

Work in Process:
Life Cycle of a Malignant Debate

Choreographer: Allison Elizabeth Burns
Collaborating Performers: Sarah Hopkin and Geoffrey Dollar
Music by Tristan Henry
Created thanks to the ORez residency opportunity generously offered by the Ottawa Dance Directive
August 2019

We Three (teaser) 2018

A contemporary dance trio of witches.

“Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.”
– Song of the Witches, Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Choreographer: Allison Elizabeth Burns
Collaborating performers: Sarah Curts, Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson, and Heather Thomson
Outside eyes: Sasha Ivanochko and Deanne Walsh
Composer: Nicole Lizée (Ouijist)

Presented at the 37th Alberta Dance Festival at the Pumphouse Theatre in Calgary, Alberta. September 13-15, 2018. Video courtesy of Dancers’ Studio West.

You’re Never Fully Dressed (teaser) 2019

You’re Never Fully Dressed… without a smile. A contemporary dance solo exploring the phenomenon of people (mostly women) smiling at the people (mostly men) who sexually harass them. Smiling as a defence mechanism. This paradoxical behaviour illustrated with the most visceral art form, dance.

Choreographer: Allison Elizabeth Burns
Collaborating performer: Alya Graham
Composer: Nicole Lizée, music: Son of the Man with the Golden Arms
Special Thanks to Amelia Griffin and Travis Martin

This 17-minute work was created for and presented at the first edition of the Uproar Arts Festival in August 2019.

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Allison Burns


Allison Elizabeth Burns is a dance artist, producer and educator based in her hometown of Ottawa. She spent a decade working and studying in Montreal, where she graduated from Concordia University with a degree in Contemporary Dance with distinction in 2010. Allison has choreographed and performed in plays, multidisciplinary projects and dance works. Her most recent work, You’re Never Fully Dressed, was presented at the inaugural Uproar Arts Festival in August 2019. She presented one new choreography in 2018 We Three (Alberta Dance Festival), and two new multidisciplinary creations in 2017, Do You Want to Live Forever? (Ottawa Fringe Festival) and The Key to Time Travel (Dark Horse Dance Projects). Her work has also been presented at Princess Productions’ dance: made in canada festival (2019), random acts of dance’s Your Dance Fest (2019) and in the Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa Fringe Festivals (2010-2019).

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