Amber Downie-Back

Victoria-based Artist in Residence

Amber Downie-Back in High Tide Low Tide
Amber Downie-Back in High Tide Low Tide

Amber Downie-Back (she/her) is a dancer and interdisciplinary artist interested in integrating dance in collaborative contexts with other media such as music and video art. Her practice views the reflection of natural spaces in the digital world through transformative experiences that are intimate, communal, and atmospheric.

Amber’s creative process focuses on Murphy’s Law and the contrasting adage Yphrum, exploring the many combinations of what can and will be. Her process takes a somatic approach through which bodies pronounce instinctive patterns and pathways shaped by internal sensation. Her work explores relationships of the individual and collective body, working with each person’s capacities to identify associations within the body, with the bodies of others, and with the body of the space.

Amber has a BFA Contemporary Dance from Concordia University and has performed professionally at Festival TransAmeriques (2019), Montréal Fringe festival (2018), Art Matters (2018), and others. Her creations have been exhibited by the Toronto Harbourfront Centre, Impulse Theatre (Victoria), Leonardo Institute, and Kalyx Collective (Montréal). Her works have been funded by Concordia University, Healthy Dancer Canada, the BC Arts Council. She is also an audio/video editor and Assistant Production Manager for the dance-based talk show, Turn Out Radio, and a Level 2 certified C-I training teacher.

Amber is currently living on the traditional, ancestral unceded territory belonging to the Lekwungen Peoples, known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, on whose territory she is grateful to perform and dance.

Instagram: @a_downieback

Angus Gaffney (he/him) is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, producer, and freelancer based on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen peoples, currently recognized as the Songhees and Esquimault First Nations.

Angus builds interactive electroacoustic, audiovisual, and performance works that dislocate practiced modes of perception in order to facilitate play, indeterminacy, and new ways of being in the digital era. He is interested in creating interactions between electronic and physical media that transpose awareness of the physical world, creating experiences that deepen appreciation of space, sense, and environment. 

Angus holds a BFA in Music from Concordia University. His past performance spaces include the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, Mainline Gallery, des Pins Loft Spaces, Eastern Bloc, Bar le Ritz PDB, and Theatre Porte Rouge. He has also toured and recorded with The Count Ferrara Band and exhibited work as part of Montréal’s Art Matters Festival, Impulse Theatre’s Peek Show. 

Angus is a co-creator and curator with KALYX Collective, a group dedicated to creating immersive and unconventional live performance events that foster exchange between emerging artists across disciplines in the Montréal area.


Amber Downie-Back
Amber Downie-Back

Dance Days Rough Cut studio showing

High Tide Low Tide

High Tide Low Tide examines the erosive processes that shape and change objects and is embedded in a fervent curiosity of the idea of being adrift. How are we shaped by the erosive processes of our own lives? How do we find a home in the tide?

Interested in seeing this filmed Rough Cut? Inquire here.

  • January 30, 2022 | 4:30pm @ Dance Victoria Studios
  • Amber Downie-Back
  • Angus Gaffney