2023/24 Artist in Residence
Amber Downie-Back (she/they) is an interdisciplinary movement artist who lives and creates on the unceded territories of the lək̓ wəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. Interested in integrating dance in collaborative contexts with other media, such as sound and video art, Amber’s practice views the reflection of physical spaces in the digital world. Creatively, Amber focuses on Murphy’s Law and the contrasting adage Yphrum, exploring the many combinations of what can and will be, investigating perceived boundaries between process/product, and performer/audience. Amber has a BFA Contemporary Dance from Concordia University and has performed professionally in programs such as Festival TransAmeriques and has exhibited creations at Toronto Harbourfront Centre, with Impulse Theatre, and more. Most recently, Amber was awarded the Chrystal Dance Prize (2022/2023) for the project ‘on the nature of…’, exploring themes of memory and nostalgia with Netherlands-based dance artist, Emilie van der Waals.