British-Canadian contemporary dance-theatre artist Amelia Griffin has been creating and performing in Canada and world-wide since 2006. Her choreographies offer abstract and inclusive representations of common lived experiences, typically on intersecting themes of womanhood, identity, and societal issues. Highly collaborative, Amelia’s work as a performer, choreographer, Rehearsal Director, and Outside Eye often intersects with artists with a variety of perspectives, abilities, and disciplines.
Recent choreographic works include: ‘The Ghomeshi Effect’ a verbatim dance-theatre work that addresses sexual violence in Canada’s justice system presented at the Gladstone Theatre (2016), and in universities and sexual assault support centres across Alberta and Ontario (2017-2019), self-choreographed solo ‘UKnadian’ exploring the juxtapositions of her Ukrainian and British grandmothers and what it means to be culturally ‘Canadian’ at TACTICS (2017), a Young Audience commission of two inclusive dance works for integrated dance company Propeller Dance (2018-2019), and choreography for Platypus Theatre’s ‘Peter & the Wolf’, commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
As a performer she has had the privilege of dancing for being a company dancer for Franco-Ontarian company Tara Luz Danse (2007-2015), Dorsale Danse by Québecoise choreographer Sylvie Desrosiers (2017- ), performing alongside symphony and philharmonic orchestras in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, United States, among other cities world-wide with Platypus Theatre (since 2012), and other Canadian choreographers since 2006.
Amelia is a recipient of the OAC’s Chalmers Fellowship (2018); a sabbatical year to study and further develop her choreographic voice through the lens of the Disability, d/Deaf, and Mad Arts industry in the UK. Outside of her fellowship, her work was presented in London, UK; ‘Solitude; from there to here’ in collaboration with multidisciplinary initiative Collective31UK in the UK’s oldest gallery, Dulwich Gallery (2018), ‘Stuff Your Distraction’ Rich Mix London and streamed online through Open Online Theatre (2017), and ‘Little Girl Inside Me’, The Place London’s Resolution Festival (2018).
Amelia currently acts as Artistic Assistant for integrated dance organization Propeller Dance, as well as performing and collaborating as a company dancer since 2012.