Ellen Furey is a choreographer based in Montreal working in experimental and contemporary dance forms. Since 2012, she’s mostly involved in collaborative, discursive processes that insist on a mess of subjectivities. Her work uses potentials of dance virtuosities and performer type showmanship as material for living, oblique rebellion, and debate, entangled with heavy ambiguity. She works with, for, and alongside independent artists including Dana Michel, Malik Nashad Sharpe, Andrew Tay, Christopher Willes, and Simon Portigal and has performed in choreographies by Daniel Léveillé, Frédérick Gravel, Marten Spangberg (SE), Tina Tarpgaard (DE), Sasha Kleinplatz and Clara Furey. Ellen is a 2014 recipient of a DanceWeb scholarship, ImpulsTanz, Vienna, was a part of mobile academy-Berlin’s Copycat Academy 2015, and is currently a part-time, independent student at Concordia University. Her work has been presented in France, Canada, and the UK.
BIOGRAPHY OF MALIK NASHAD SHARPE | CO-CREATOR OF SOFTLAMP.autonomies
Malik Nashad Sharpe (b. 1992, New York) is a choreographer making performances under their alias marikiscrycrycry building upon an experimental dance practice thats is concerned with ontological expansion, creating new frameworks for the study of being (Black), utilising the chorographic form as an active tool that gives possibility a material function and subjectivity. Their works are worlds that are dis/ordered by the centring of the marginal knowledge, ulterior logics, and politically resonant modes that problematise and disarm default gazes--They create choreographies that are motorising the conditions necessary to arrive elsewhere, and for the sake of intactible freedom. They are based in London, U.K., frequently performing in theatres, galleries, and festivals across the U.K. and internationally. Their work has been shown in festivals like American Realness (NYC), Fierce Festival (UK), NOW19 (UK), Festival for Alternative Theatrical Expression (HR), Submerge (NYC), and they have been supported by a wider range of venues and institutions like Arts Council England, The Marlborough Theatre, Canada Council for the Arts, a-n, Duckie, ArtsAdmin, Studio 303, New Queers on the Block, Theatre La Chapelle Scenes Contemporains, The Yard Theatre, Chisenhale Dance Space, amongst many others. They have taught workshops at Glasgow School of Art, School of New Dance Development, London Contemporary Dance School, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Tate Modern, and others. They are currently Associate Artist at Hackney Showroom Productions, and Schools Artist-in-Resident at Tate.
" The performance creates a powerful and cohesive affective field that nonetheless permits a wide variety of responses to coexist: delight, stupor, impatience, awe, reverie, and, for me, a moment of pure adrenalized thrill." – Philip Gates, Contemporary Performances (New York), January 2019
" This collaboration gives rise to a striking work into which both choreographers immerse themselves as interpreters with dedication and brilliance." – Lucie Lezclause, DfDanse (Montréal), May 2018