LISA EMMONS - Artistic Director
“Lisa Emmons has the audience holding their breath with every movement” (Veronica Appia, The Theatre Reader).
Lisa Emmons is a dance artist based in Hamilton. A graduate of the York University dance program (2004), Lisa has worked with Motus O Dance Theatre (2000-2006) and independent artists in Toronto and Hamilton. In February 2014 Lisa founded Aeris Körper (formerly known as Form CDT), through which she has produced a number of performances in Hamilton, Burlington, Toronto and across the GTA.
Lisa had been teaching dance and movement for 18 years; from beginners to professionals she has taught ballet, contemporary, modern, and yoga. Lisa attended the Professional Development stream at the Teacher Training Program at the National Ballet School of Canada (2013).
Lisa attended ImPuls Tanz in 2011 and 2018 studying with Inaki Azpillaga (Ultima Vez), Nicole Peisl (Forsythe) , Marta Coronado (Rosas) and Irena Tomazin (Voice as Body). In Toronto and Hamilton, she studies Gyrotonics and Gyrokinesis from Andrea Nann and Leni Calosing. She trains on going at places such as the Love-In Toronto, Del La Sol Yoga Hamilton, Great Moving Dancers Toronto. She loves to take classes taught by Bonnie Kim and Heidi Strauss.
Fostering collaborative relationships across disciplines to cultivate community to arrive at new creative performative works is her passion. As a movement and dance instructor Lisa utilizes the imagination to explore everyday movements, to find physical actions that speak to and are meaningful to the mover. She has instructed for the outreach education programs run by the Halton District School Board, Burlington Performing Arts Centre and Theatre Aquarius. While with Motus O Dance Theatre she toured across Canada performing and co-facilitating workshops in small communities integrating community members into productions. A founding member of Lightning Strike Art Productions Lisa toured performing and teaching in Brooklyn, New York and in Dresden, Germany (2008).
Lisa was an artist with the Burlington Whole Shebang (2014-2016) and was mentored by Andrea Nann in her Conscious Bodies Method. Lisa supported Andrea Nann in her community project Memory is the History of Forgetting at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre (Fall 2019) and was assistant to Peggy Baker leading warm-up and teaching choreography for MOVE at the Art Gallery of Hamilton (Winter 2019). New to the faculty at Conteur instructing Improvisation; she believes that listening to the intrinsic intelligence of the body has the capacity to develop artists that are physically and artistically resilient and dynamic. Lisa was nominated for a Hamilton Arts Award in 2019 for Dance and Performing Arts.