We create work that pushes the physical boundaries of dance while maintaining an openess for creative exploration. In Alias: we dance, interpret, and we create. Our work shows our growth as choreographers, building on our experiences, learning to take risks, and to embrace the unexpected. Our belief in creating and developing relationships across multiple artistic forms resonates through our work.

Me, You & Us (2017) - 35 minutes

Me, You and Us is an investigation of how our past experiences can influence us in the present moment. In this work, I explore physical and emotional responses to the memories of 8 dancers.
Me - Myself in the present moment
You - My past experience
Us - Myself living this moment with my memories

Direction & Choreography by Hanna Kiel
Made in collaboration with & interpreted by Caitlin Amodeo, Drew Berry, Francesca Chudnoff, Lauren Cook, Amanda Davis, Luke Harwood, Emily Law, and Greg "Krypto" Selinger
Lighting Design by Gabriel Cropley
Premiere at through your eyes (2017)

overlook/outlook (2017) - 45 minutes

Our desire to have more, be more, and be desired by more, overrides our ability to understand, share and connect with one another. What will happen when we have depleted our resources and destructed our relationships? How will we continue? Will the nothingness bring us back together, to a place where we can connect with one another, understand one another and appreciate each other? We ask you to go with us on a journey where we try to rebuild, deprogram and connect.

Direction & Choreography by Lauren Cook & Troy Feldman
Made in collaboration with & interpreted by Caitlin Amodeo, Drew Berry, Francesca Chudnoff, Lauren Cook, Amanda Davis, Luke Garwood and Emily Law
Sound and Projection by Omar David Rivero (Driftnote)
Lighting Design by Gabriel Cropley
Costumes by Valerie Calam
Scenography by Francesca Chudnoff
Premiere at through your eyes (2017)

point of collision (2015) - 15 minutes

You watch me. We connect right here. Point of connection through the trees.

Direction & Choreography by Hanna Kiel
Made in collaboration with & interpreted by Caitlin Amodeo & Catherine Turcotte
Premiere at Animating Historic Spaces (2015)

A Fatal Abstraction (2015) - 20 minutes

A memory imprinted through the touch of our hands. We bring the past to present.

Direction & Choreography by Lauren Cook
Made in collaboration with & interpreted by Francesca Chudnoff, Lauren Cook, Amanda Davis & Nigel Edwards
Video Installation by Francesca Chudnoff
Premiere at Animating Historic Spaces (2015)

Pipe (2015) - 12 minutes

Pipe is a piece in which three dancers, combined with a simple set of three benches becomes a formula for infinite possibility. The structure of the set acts as a third dimension, constantly challenging the dancers to explore the physical possibilities as it is continually being moved and manipulated. Beginning with three dancers moving in the space, the benches appear to be simply a part of the environment. However, as the piece progresses, the dancers begin to have contact with the benches, until increasingly they become an integral part of the choreography. Through the combination of bboying, house dance, contemporary movement, parkour and acrobatics, these dancers use extreme physicality to allow themselves no limit to what is available to them. What may seem to be an obstacle becomes a brand new playing field, as they explore and discover the new options that have been given to them each time the set is changed. Through intuitive and kinetically charged movement, the constant play between the dancers and the set, as well as the play between each other, a fresh and interactive experience for the audience is created.

Direction & Choreography by Troy Feldman & Allen Kaeja
Interpreted by Caitlin Amodeo, Francesca Chudnoff & Lauren Cook
Music by Edgardo Moreno
2011 (1st phase) 2013 (2nd phase) & (3rd phase) at 2015 Pan Am Games Celebration Zone

in between (2015) - 30 minutes

This is my final fit, my final bellyache with no alarms and no surprises – No Surprises, Radiohead

Direction & Choreography by Francesca Chudnoff
Interpreted by Caitlin Amodeo, Lauren Cook, Amanda Davis & Nigel Edwards
Music by Andrew Bird, Arcade Fire (Will Butler & Owen Pallett), DJ Shadow, Hans Zimmer, The Haxan Cloak, Radiohead, Silverman, Vampillia, Vladimir Ivanoff
Premiere at f.stop / let the light in

euphotic depth (2015) - 17 minutes

One cannot be without the other, together they exist. This piece was created by the generous support of the Soul Pepper Discovery Lab Residency. This is the first collaboration between Feldman and Cook. In 2012 Lauren saw Troy battle, she instantly invited him to create a solo for ADP member Gita Harris. After the success of this commission she invited him back to collaborate with Allen Kaeja on a Trio. This collaboration allowed Cook and Feldman’s creative pathways to intersect, they were creatively and artistically magnetized to one another. This was the beginning of their creative partnership. Euphotic Depth is the result of their first exchange. With the energy of this collaboration, Feldman was invited to join Alias Dance Project, being the first male dancer since it’s inception.

Direction & Choreography by Lauren Cook & Troy Feldman
Interpreted by Lauren Cook & Troy Feldman
Music by AMBALANCE, Erik Satie, Martyn & Mike Slott, Shash’U
2013 (1st phase) 2014 (2nd phase) at f.stop / let the light in

slowly I forget (2015) - 30 minutes

slowly I forget how to feel, how I feel
memories become reminders of my losses
touch triggers
ripples
in circles
circles of time lost, found and forgotten - L. Cook

Direction & Choreography by Lauren Cook
Interpreted by Caitlin Amodeo, Francesca Chudnoff & Nigel Edwards
Music by Timbre Timbre, Walter Hautzig (Chopin: Sonata In B Minor, Ballade In F Minor), Shlohmo, Flako, Nigel Edwards
Premiere at f.stop / let the light in

UNTITLED woman 1991 (2015) - 10 minutes

Every act of creation is first an act of destruction – Pablo Picasso
untitled WOMAN (1991), reveals a female figure. holding strength in her stillness, and framed by a beam of light - this is her portrait. We follow her story: her “womanity”, her power, her weakness, her joy, and her acceptance to surrender herself as she removes herself from the frame that both illuminates and confines her. She transforms against the sound of broken voices and rattling static, pushing forward through the space, and affirming her presence in the world that she has created for herself.
This solo was based on the idea of a literal portrait of a woman. I’d like to treat the space as if it were a gallery where the people looking at the art could come and go, and move as they wish through Catherine’s pathway. I also had the idea of placing a single bench that would be lit from within at the downstage spot of the performance area.

Direction by Francesca Chudnoff
Made in collaboration with & interpreted by Catherine Turcotte
Music by DM Smith, FaltyDL, FKA Twigs, Flying Lotus
Premiere at f.stop / let the light in

Triptych (2014) - 5 minutes

Inspired by the complex scores of Vivaldi, Triptych explores shifting states of consciousness, as the dancers question whether their own sensations, thoughts, surroundings and existence is real.

Direction by Francesca Chudnoff
Made in collaboration with & interpreted by Caitlin Amodeo, Francesca Chudnoff, & Lauren Cook,
Music Vivaldi, Shash’U, Kid Krule
Premiere at Fresh Blood (2014)

Forward Grade (2013) - 12 minutes

This commission for five of the Alias dancers is a sharp, energetic, fast-paced work that plays with ideas around shifting allegiances within a group, the dynamic of opposition and surprising unions. A choreographic collaboration between Apolonia Velasquez and Heidi Strauss, the dance languages of urban dance and contemporary interact to an original electronic score by Jeremy Mimnagh.

Direction & Choreography by Apolonia Velasquez and Heidi Strauss
Performed by by Caitlin Amodeo, Lauren Cook, Gita Harris, Kate Nankervis and Amanda Pye
Music by Jeremy Mimnagh
(1st phase) 2011 (2nd phase) 2013 at Shifting Edges

Life Line (2013) - 12 minutes

Original research for this piece was done collaboratively with Emmanuelle Le Phan and Valerie Calam. The final work will be a creation by Valerie Calam. Alias Dance Project would like to thank Emma for her unmatched creative input.

Direction & Choreography by Valerie Calam, with original research collaboration with Emmanuelle Le Phan
Made in collaboration with & interpreted by Lauren Cook, Caitlin Amodeo, Rosemarie Stea and Gita Harris
Music by Vice Versa
Premiere at Shifting Edges

Restorative Structure (2013) - 8 minutes

We trace our physical memories and try to relive them.

Direction & Choreography by Lauren Cook
Made in collaboration with & interpreted by Francesca Chudnoff, Marissa Ricci, Rosemarie Stea, Courtney Stolarski
Music by After Hours Ceremony
Premiere at Shifting Edges 2013 (2nd phase) at Reel Asian Film Festival

Euforikabyss (2013) - 7 minutes

She was fired with enthusiasm until she got fired with enthusiasm. A successful, young, ambitious business woman in an 8×8 foot box has a 2:59-min elevator ride, going through the different floors of hell: She fears, confronts, understands, and appreciates the game: “when you are going through hell, KEEP GOING”. We are often told “Don’t worry, you’ll get there”. It’s easy to stay positive and strong when things are flowing but in the face of uncertainty we often fall into negativity and weakness. She either gets paralyzed with the reality of perpetual ignorance of success or failure or learns it’s a game she has to play anyway. Movement of the piece will come from various street dance styles and sub-genres; Hip-hop, speed-control, house and Bboyin with a Gadfly aesthetic and open-mindedness.

Direction & Choreography by Ofilio Portillo of Gadfly
Performed by Lauren Cook
Music by Dr. Draw
(1st phase 2012) and Premiere at Shifting Edges 2013