phin: the exquisite riot.
Dance uplifts, entertains, inspires, grows community spirit, and fosters creativity in all aspects of life. Founded in 2010, Phin Performing Arts is a contemporary dance performance company dedicated to creating excellent dance and multi-disciplinary works for the stage. Supporting the creative work of choreographer Lisa Phinney Langley and her collaborators, and embracing both the choreographer-led creative process and cross-disciplinary experimentation, Phin’s artists embrace an attitude of organic evolution of structure and artistic practice. Excited about exquisite simplicity, a connectedness that shatters the boundaries of nature/culture, art/science, idea/performance, and riotous expressions of creativity that leave us all utterly sated, Phin creates rich, decadent dance and multi-disciplinary works for the stage and alternative venues.
We’re pathologically inquisitive. We make art when we are grabbed by something – when we’re feeling passionate, curious and have questions. We hold ourselves to being intuitive and honest, and working towards deeper meaning, more connectivity, and that amazing sensation of witnessing an idea fully realised.
We believe that expression can be profound without being inaccessible and constantly strives for new partnerships with urban and rural communities in space and across digital landscapes.
Based in Halifax, Canada, Phin is company-in-residence at Halifax Dance.
Creation and Performance: of outrageously thought- and emotion-provoking dance works.
Research and Exploration: Phin hosts The Room, a collaboration safe-zone, where the focus is on giving collaborators – both artistic and non-artistic – the opportunity to explore communication, ideas, and relationships without a production goal. Many of Phin’s productions begin as open experiences in The Room.
Phin members both play within and facilitate workshops in The Room. In 2010, Phin's artists developed a participatory Map for Transdisciplinary Collaboration – which requires participants to utilize elements of play, self-reflection and experimental performance towards developing new collaborative practices that are specific and unique to each group. Every Map becomes a living document that serves to engage artists in the initial stages of collaboration to foster a sense of understanding and trust.
Outreach: Phin engages with its community through workshops, discussions and experiences.
Lisa Phinney Langley (choreographer, artistic director) / Peter Dykhuis (visual design) / Ardath Whynacht (spoken word, champion of transdisciplinary thought) / Sarah Rozee (dancer) / Sageev Oore (composer)
Gillian Seaward-Boone (dancer) / Andrew Turner (dancer) / Brian Riley (sound designer/composer) / Bob Daly (lighting designer)
Nicolas Labelle (dancer) / Miriah Brennan (dancer) / Peter Trosztmer (dancer) / Elise Vanderborght (dancer)
Jacinte Armstrong (dancer) / Alicia Orr MacDonald (dancer) / Susanne Chui (dancer) / Sara Harrigan (rehearsal director) / Sandy Moore (composer) / Colin Matthews (musician) / Catherine Little (musician) The Young Company of Halifax Dance (dancers) / Alexis Cormier (dancer) / Margaret J. Westby (dancer)
Jay Harvey (dancer) / John Mullane (composer)