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Rough Cut | Amber Downie-Back

May 22 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Amber Downie-Back (she/they) is an interdisciplinary movement artist interested in creating immersive and process-inspired performances. As part of their residency at Dance Victoria, they will continue to develop the performance/installation titled on the nature of… in collaboration with dancer and creator Emilie van der Waals (Utrecht, Netherlands) and sound and video designer Angus Gaffney (Victoria, BC). The project was awarded the Chrystal Dance Prize in 2022/23.

on the nature of… explores memory and nostalgia, investigating what we carry with us: past moments, past selves, transformations, and what we wish to challenge, adapt, or release. Delving through a collection of archived memories and moving collages, untethered selves interact with the notion of the past as a set of sensitive ecosystems, investigating the erosive processes of lives lived, reflecting on the nature of… deaths, dreams, and change.

Please join us on Wednesday, May 22, from 1:30-2:30 pm to experience a 30-minute excerpt of on the nature of… Immediately after the showing, you can enjoy a Q&A with the artists.

Limited seating available.

Limited Space! RSVP online here.

A Note from the Artists:
“The Chrystal Dance Prize has supported a meaningful, enriching international exchange between myself, Angus, and Emilie. As collaborators, we are enormously grateful to Dance Victoria for their continued support and this opportunity to work together in person.”

— Amber Downie-Back

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Dance Victoria’s studio programs, including Rough Cuts, are made possible with generous support from Studio Creation & Residencies Sponsors DAU Studio and JB Lawyers. Our Residency program receives funding from RBC Emerging Artists and the Victoria Foundation’s Community Grants program.

Dance Victoria’s Rough Cuts showings are free and open to the public. If you are inspired by the work you see and have the capacity, would you consider making a charitable donation to support our Residency program? Your gift ensures that we can continue to offer meaningful support to independent dance artists, including performance opportunities like Rough Cuts.



May 22
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Dance Victoria Studios
111-2750 Quadra Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8T4E8 Canada


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